Based in Caloundra, WindanSea Surf Club recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.
The Sunshine Coasters have enjoyed significant success and nurtured some of the sport’s biggest names including World Champion Joel Parkinson and former world number 2 ranked women’s surfer Serena Brooke and Wade Goodall all representing the WindanSea club.
Like many of their fellow board riders’clubs, WindanSea strive to promote surfing and a positive, healthy lifestyle, encouraging young surfers to refine their surf skills and learn about the competitive side of the sport.
As a not-for-profit club, WindanSea are committed to giving back to the local community. The club has a strong affiliation with the Disabled Surfer’s Association with club members provide coaching, training and equipment to the disabled and providing a fun-filled ocean experience.
Boasting well over a hundred members, the team at WindanSea have set themselves lofty goals, and are working towards being recognised as the best club in the world. International exposure for their members is key and the club is constantly represented with surfers taking part in sanctioned contests around the world.
WindandSea “The innovation and fun club” certainly has established a reputation for developing some of Queensland’s finest junior surfers. The club also hosts the annual Pa & Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest, the second largest club surfing contest in Australia.
Club Captain Andrew Johnston said the club has been working hard during the year despite the challenges COVID-19 has presented. “The club has been strengthening its team surfers and focussing more on competitive surfing in both heat and tag team formats,” Johnston said.
Following the team’s recent success, winning the Sunny Coast Cup, WindanSea is looking to bring winning form and a competitive team to take part in the inaugural Usher Cup contest.
Johnston saying all professional surfers started at their local club, and that it’s important to support local contests.
“Board riders clubs in Australia are the steppingstone for all professional surfers to cut their teeth and learn the fundamentals of contest surfing. Events like this showcase the incredible depth of talent we have in our Australian clubs,” Johnston said.