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Friday, 6 July, 2001, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
Australia launches surfing science degree
Surfer
Surfing: Now more than a way of life
An Australian university has launched a three-year degree in the science of surfing.

Would-be surf scholars will be able to enrol on the Surf Science and Technology degree course at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia state next year.


It is a fairly rigorous degree... it's not a play course

Elizabeth Hatton, Edith Cowan University
As part of the course, students will learn how to make their own boards and study the action of the waves.

However officials stress the course is not for beach bums.

Students will have to get down to some hard graft learning about technology, meterology, ecology, business principles and event management.

'Rigorous degree'

Elizabeth Hatton, Dean of the university's Faculty of Regional and Professional Studies, says the degree will help graduates find work on the business side of the surfing industry, or in environmental management.

"It is a fairly rigorous degree... it's not a play course," she said.

Bondi Beach, Australia
The University hopes to target students' interests
"I suspect what you might get is people who perhaps only work well when they have something that interests them [and who] may tackle a university degree when they might not otherwise do it," she added.

The university hopes to foster links with Plymouth University in south west Britain, which launched a similar course in board science in 1999.

Ms Hatton said an American university is also considering offering the degree, and students eventually may have the opportunity to study for a year each at all three institutions.

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