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Ex-pro surfer Rebecca Woods leads Team SCU at University Surfing Championships


Sharlene King
3 July 2014
Former professional surfer Rebecca Woods will lead the charge for Southern Cross University’s team when they contest the Australian University Surfing Championships in Newcastle next week (July 6 to 9).

Rebecca, who retired from the World Tour last year, is studying osteopathy at the Lismore campus as she moves into life after professional surfing.

This contest will be the first time she hasn’t surfed for a pay cheque since she was a teenager.

“I surfed on the World Tour for nine years and while it was amazing it was definitely taxing on the body,” she said.

“I haven’t surfed in a non-professional contest since I was 15, and I’m 30 this year, so it will be a little different.

“I’ve now moved into another phase of my life. The first study session was definitely a lifestyle change, and it’s been challenging and difficult, but study is also something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

SCU has been a powerhouse in Australian University surfing, having won two of the past three National Titles. With Rebecca on the team and contesting three events, SCU should prove to be competitive again, especially, with the Newcastle breaks not far from where she learnt to surf at Copacabana on the Central Coast.

“Actually I really like surfing at Newcastle, either at Merewether or Main Beach. I’ve won the WQS (World Qualifying Series) events held down there a few times so I like the wave. It’s raw and rough,” Rebecca said.

SCU is sending a team of 12 surfers, including six from the Gold Coast campus, five from the Lismore campus, and one distance education student from the Sunshine Coast.

While the surfers head south to Newcastle for the Australian Championships, Team SCU will head north to Queensland's Sunshine Coast for the annual Northern University Games (July 6 to 10). The team comprises 118 students who will contest a variety of sports including AFL 9s, baseball, beach volleyball, basketball, football, futsal, golf , handball, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby league 7s, rugby union 7s, squash-singles, tennis-singles, ten pin bowling, touch, volleyball and water polo.
Photo: Rebecca Woods.