Noosa is one of Australia's most popular surfing destinations, but in 2005 it became the birthplace of a brand new water sport surfdancing.
Kristy Quirk is the brainchild behind Surfdancer and designed it to teach girls from five years old how to improve their wave skills while indulging in their love of dancing at the same time. Kristy, a qualified classical ballet teacher and surf coach, describes her invention as yoga, dancing, twirling, surfing, gymnastics and costume all put together.
As well as classical dance actions, the splits and traditional ballet stances, moves such as "Coral", "Laguna Bay Dolphin" and "The Flamingo" have been created.
Surfettes are between five to eight years old. They love to dress in fluro pink costumes, little skirts and headbands as they are being made aware of surf safety, swimming, body surfing and, of course, surfdancing. They learn how to negotiate waves with and without a surfboard and board-handling skills are taught to music in a dance routine.
Surfdanzettes is the next step up and is aimed at nine- to twelve-year-olds who can surf.
Surfdancers is for experienced and trained dancers.
As well as being in Noosa, Surfdancer can be enjoyed in Agnes Water, the Town of 1770, Tweed Heads, Byron Bay and Sydney.