Seven years of research, planning and fundraising is set to reap rewards for the WindanSea Surf Club with a Development Application recently lodged to build a community clubhouse behind the dunes and in front of Currimundi State School on Buderim Street.
Club president Terry Landsberg said the proposed 178m2 clubhouse would be a community space where a number of local groups, including the Caloundra Mal Club, Moffateers, Indigenous Surfing, Disabled Surfing and other local clubs.
“We’ve been around since 1970 and we are a real grass roots organisation with over 50 per cent of the club’s membership being juniors with women and girls representing more than 20 per cent of total membership. A further 30 per cent are males over 18 so we have a young membership base and actively encourage youth and females to be more active.
“We are extremely mindful of the local community and eager to secure the support of locals so that the DA is approved by Council officers. We need to stress that this is a community club – nothing like a surf club with a licenced bar, pokies and late night events.
“As a club, we’ve never had a space where our members and other community groups can meet to enjoy their passion for surfing as well as other community and environmental pursuits.
It’s a place where a range of community groups can meet and socialise and there will also be opportunities for small operators to run low-impact classes like yoga and Pilates and other community activities,” Terry said.
The WindanSea Surf Club has around 140 members and has successfully run the annual Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest for the past 44 years. Former World Champion Joel Parkinson and long-term world surfing professionals Serena Brooke and Wade Goodall and emerging young professional Reef Heazelwood are all current or past club members.
Terry said the project has the backing of Surfing Australia and Surfing Queensland and surfing clubs across the Sunshine Coast.
“If all goes to plan, we hope to open the facility for WindanSea’s 50th birthday in 2020, a year that will see surfing accepted as a sport at the Tokyo Olympics,” he said.
To support the Development Application, please visit: http://windanseaboardriders.com.au