As the weather heats up and the humidity starts to take over the brain, daydreams of living life large like a Bonds T-shirt commercial can become apparent and the overwhelming urge to strap a surfboard to the roof rack can become too great to resist. If that is the case, and you are now stuck with a board, minus the skills, or would just like to find a pack of fellow surfers, this summer might be the perfect time to look up the Surf Chix.

Started three years ago, the all-lesbian surf group is open to anyone with a love for the ocean and enough patience to learn how to stand up on a board.
We’re more a social group and social network for lesbian surfers, group founder Victoria Marano told Sydney Star Observer.

I was involved with the surf school movement for 12 years and I used to run my own business and after I sold that business, I kept some old boards and just wanted to run a bit of a social lesbian group. So it started out as my mates and friends of friends and, now three seasons on, the response has just grown.

Once a month, from September to May, Marano gets up to 20 keen girls together to head south for a weekend of surfing and campfires at a series of 10 beachside cabins in Bendalong.
We’ve got our regulars now, but about 30 percent of people who come would be learners and about 40 percent intermediate. I’ve got some old boards and wetsuits, so if someone comes along who hasn’t been able to surf before, they can hire the board for a weekend, and we’ll throw a lesson in for free, Marano said.

It’s a great opportunity to come along and meet other women in a different setting. It’s a day thing, it gets you out of Sydney and in nature, so it’s nice and relaxed but besides that, it’s a great way to be introduced to surfing and get out in the ocean.

It’s a great feeling for anyone who hasn’t surfed before, to get out there and be able to catch a wave and stand up and ride along, and for those of us who are experienced, there are just great waves down there, with something for everyone.

info: For more information on upcoming weekends away head to www.surfchix.com.au or call Victoria on 0415 789 948.

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