Global surf brand, Rip Curl has partnered with leading UK female surf brand Women + Waves to launch a new UK surf academy, further enhancing its support for women surfers in the UK.

The new and dynamic RIP CURL x WOMEN + WAVES surf academy will launch in Newquay, Cornwall this January and will bring a refreshed surf coaching framework and a new PRO level of expertise to the surf coaching weekends, as well as continue to inspire all female surfers of all abilities, worldwide. This will be followed by a clothing capsule range in summer 2022.

This exciting new partnership will allow Women + Waves exclusive access to the Rip Curl PRO surf team, sharing their expertise and knowledge which will help Women + Waves shape the new Women + Waves surf academy events and its coaching weekends and enable the instructor team to deliver the ultimate surf coaching weekend. Rip Curl are also backing the Women + Waves Water Women’s weekends which see all lady groups experience wild swimming, stand up paddleboarding and surfing.

Based in Cornwall, Women + Waves have been delivering UK surf coaching weekends, retreats and international trips since 2019. They have created a passionate, international online surf community who encourage and support all women surfers. In recent years, the company has also successfully diversified into ‘Saltwater Experiences’, which see all female groups enjoy wild swimming, stand up paddleboarding and bodyboarding.

Photo – Ripcurl Team Rider, Brisa Hennessy

Women + Waves Founder Rachel Murphy commented, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Rip Curl and launching the all-new surf academy for Women + Waves. Rip Curl have been dominant in the surf scene for the last two decades with the greatest surfers on their pro team, outstanding products and passion for surfing and sustainability initiatives; it’s a perfect fit for us, where our values and passions for surfing unite. We are offering a fresh, new and specialised calendar of coaching weekends that will see our surfers constantly improve and continue to gain more fun and skill with their surfing”.

Rachel continues, “We have been thrilled to have already logged hours of interviews with Australian surfing phenom and future world champ Molly Picklum. We’ve discussed her training techniques, mindset, equipment, diet and fitness. All the ingredients that contribute to her incredible surfing ability. This ground-breaking information will be used to shape the new Rip Curl x Women + Waves coaching weekends. We are unearthing epic tips for beginner surfers, progressor surfers and intermediate surfers, which we cannot wait to share with our guests”

Photo – Ripcurl Team Rider, Molly Picklum

Molly commented, “I think it’s amazing what Women + Waves are creating, they’re really broadening the sport by doing this and getting more ladies engaged in progressing with their surfing”.

RIP CURL, European Sales Director, Sean Harris commented, “We’re stoked to be able to support Woman + Waves with their new Academy programme and the community they have developed. There are more and more women getting involved in Surfing, and to be able to work with Woman + Waves across coaching, product support and feedback, as well as product development is something that will be great for everyone involved!”

Rip Curl X Women + Waves surf academy have introduced new aspects to its weekends that include:
· Smaller course size to support different levels:

Level 1- Beginner Surfers Level 2 -Progressor Surfers Level 3 – Intermediate Surfers

New pro surfer tips from international surf stars that troubleshoot your surfing issues which will feature on every course. Achievable targets to help you to maximise your progression during the 2 days you are with us and leave with a clear pathway for your surfing to continue to progress.

New individual progression pathway using our surf skill development logbook.

Rip Curl x Women + Waves surf academy first coaching weekend will launch in January with coaching based in Newquay, where the coaching team will be delivering the new winter weekends. Events will be held throughout 2022 in Newquay, Croyde and Wales.

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