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Surf Life Saving NSW today launched a new podcast series. The irreverently titled What the Surf?! podcast features news and interviews with volunteer surf lifesavers who dedicate thousands of hours each year to saving lives.

What the Surf?! introduces listeners to passionate surf lifesavers from the 129 surf clubs along the NSW coastline and celebrates their bravery, achievements and commitment to protecting and saving lives.

The new podcast series is hosted by three highly-experienced surf lifesavers; Surf Sports aficionado and up-and-coming commentator, Jess Collins from Redhead SLSC in the Hunter region; the dynamic Harold Marshall from NSW Club of the Year, Umina SLSC; and Sean Hendry, who has red and yellow blood pumping through his veins, from Mollymook.

With their fingers on the Surf Life Saving pulse, the geographically-diverse What the Surf?! hosts bring their extensive knowledge to the microphone and in each episode discuss the who, what, where and when of the iconic movement.

Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steven Pearce said that the new podcast series will appeal to a diverse audience and inspire them with the latest news and stories from people on the frontline of Surf Life Saving.

“Our members do remarkable things and the What the Surf?! team talks one-on-one with the people who are the heart and soul of our movement. From Pambula to Cudgen Headland, we hear our members’ stories - in their own words,” said Pearce.

“Whether it’s a surf sports athlete competing at Ironman level, lifesavers who’ve been awarded Rescue of the Month or a bunch of excited Nippers, you can bet that our What the Surf?! team will be talking to them in the podcast,” he said.

Surf Life Saving NSW President George Shales said that the organisation was launching the podcast to give its members, and anyone interested in Surf Life Saving, a new way to catch-up with what’s happening across the organisation.

The What the Surf?! podcast is a great way for us to connect with people wherever they are, whatever they’re doing. It’s an important new communication channel for us,” said George Shales.

“The podcast series makes it easy for listeners to catch-up with what’s going on in Surf Life Saving while they’re on the bus, train, in the car or even walking on the beach,” said Shales.

The What the Surf?! podcast episodes will be published monthly. The series was developed with the assistance of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

Listeners can hear the new podcast series on the What the Surf?! website.

What the Surf?! will soon be available as a subscription on smartphone podcast apps and on the iHeart Radio website.

Friday 11 October 2019

Listen to episode 1