Surfing with an international flavour

With Victoria’s range of beautiful beaches, big waves and breathtaking coastlines, it’s no wonder that among the array of sporting clubs at La Trobe, a surf club would exist.

The La Trobe Surf Club, or S@LT (Surfing at La Trobe), has long been a staple of the sporting landscape at the university.

The club runs three trips per semester giving students six opportunities throughout the year to experience what club President Gina O’Connor says are “non-stop fun weekends”. The trips allow not only domestic students to learn a new skill but also give La Trobe’s international students the opportunity to do the same while experiencing an unseen part of Australia.

La Trobe International student Karsten Neuper attended two trips in semester one and says he cannot wait for the first semester two trip to roll around.

“On both trips last semester we had such a good group. We had a ton of fun in the water, on the bus and also relaxing in the hostels,” Karsten said.

“We probably get better feedback about the social aspect of the weekend more than say the coastlines but you can tell they are just in awe from the looks on their faces when they travel past on the bus.” “It gives them the opportunity to see more of Victoria that isn’t just inner Melbourne. While they get to learn an awesome new skill, the weekend also acts as a chance to allow them to meet their fellow international students that they will be closely linked with for the period of their studies,” Gina said.

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