Boys revive North Maroubra Boardriding club to get
wayward youth off the streets and into the water,
By James Taylor - 10th March 2015
(The Southern Courier)
Vas, Jesse Pollock and Luke Nudge Beardmore.
Bondi Lifeguard Jesse Pollock and others are reviving
the North Maroubra Boardriding Club. Picture: John
THE Bra Boys are using their name to help revive an
ailing surfriders club in a bid to empower disadvantaged
youth and unite a community.
Boy and Bondi Rescue star Jesse Polock reckons using
the name to revive the long-dormant North Maroubra
Boardriding Club could be just the way to do it.
he has the numbers behind hin
flocked to sign up for a spot in the club, including
a few of his well-known mates.
Bra Boy Koby Abberton, big wave surfer and mixed martial
artist Richie Vas Vaculik and former Rabbitohs
captain John Sutton are among the local identities
Maroubra surfing tribe came to notoriety in the 1990s
as a result of clashes with police and members of
a 2007 documentary narrated by Russell Crowe, which
detailed their culture of brotherhood and troubles
with the law, the Bra Boys have become more involved
in community activism.
who admits to numerous run-ins with police before
changing direction, said many young people in the
area were heading down the wrong path.
of egging police cars and causing trouble we want
to give them an opportunity, and who knows, one day
they could be world number one, he said.
isnt the first time the 25-year-old has used
the ocean to tackle youth issues.
year he and Channel 10 co-star Trent Maxi
Maxwell turned the trauma of collecting waterborne
bodies after suicides into an epic 3000km jet ski
journey, known as The Ride, along the coast from Sydney
RESCUE STARS JET SKI TO CAIRNS FOR YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION
TELL OF THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH SUICIDE ON THE JOB
pair returned to land to visit a Headspace youth mental
health centre each day.
said he hoped the presence of Sutton and the other
big names would draw kids to regular fun days.
of us have grown up around there. The kids that look
up to Sutto (sic) will be down there watching him
surf and have him cheering them on when they have
beach has a rich surfing culture has produced talent
such as Olympian Dennis Green and surfing legend Mark
spot is a favourite for 11-time world champion Kelly
and raffles will be used to buy surfboards and to
pay for special trips interstate and overseas.
for the clubs first surfing competition kick
off on March 28.
will operate on the northern end of Maroubra beach,
competing against another club on the southern end.
you or someone you know needs help contact Kids Helpline
on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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