First Nations people have had an affiliation with the sea since the beginning of time. Surfing is a contemporary sport that promotes and enables this connection to continue. Our purpose is to improve mental health through connection. We understand and have experienced the trauma from mental illness and the impacts of suicide and drug and alcohol abuse. Our firm mission is reconnecting people spiritually, mentally and physically with Gaagal (Ocean) and each other so that we can make a change one by one from the inside out, healing the traumatic wounds and setting up strong foundations for future success.
Naru Surf Gathering
At present, Naru runs a number of successful programs on the mid & north coast of NSW. One of our successes is the annual Naru Surf Gathering. As the name suggests this event is a gathering of different tribes, clans and cultures into one area to celebrate and showcase the abilities of our surfers but also introduce as many spectators as we can to the sport of surfing. At present Naru Surf Gathering is the largest single Aboriginal surfing event in Australia - which is no small feat considering the lack of resources we currently have.
Goori Grom Program
Another one of our successful programs is our Goori Grom Program, which is our Ocean Awareness & learn-to-surf workshops designed to increase knowledge of surf conditions and build confidence in the saltwater increasing participation in the sport. Surfing is a healthy sport promoting not only physical fitness but also spiritual and mental fitness. The feedback from our workshops has been nothing but positive and we have a key focus on cultural and personal safety to ensure the programs and workshops are fun and enjoyable for everyone.
Ocean Awareness Workshops
We have a variety of community members, organisations and services that engage in our Ocean Awareness Workshops including schools, out-of-home care services, youth justice and groups wanting to do team building. One of our primary goals is to provide introductory courses and use of equipment so that cost is no barrier to our mob to participate in learning the physical, cultural and plethora of benefits the Ocean can provide.