Our High School Business Initiative

Australia has been a hotbed of creative inspiration and product innovation ever since modern surfing first hit our shores. Over time, many homegrown surfers, shapers, businesses, brands, designs, innovations and products have gone on to become successful surf industry players both here and the world over. 

To continue that proud tradition and to nurture new emerging homegrown surf industry talent and innovation, Avalon’s Surf Collective have partnered with Barrenjoey High School to present our High School Business Studies Initiative  - a collaborative business/education program and competition that mentors, assists and encourages Year 10 Business Studies students to develop an actual surf-related product while learning - and experiencing - the ‘ins and outs’ of real world business practice and requirements.

As part of their prize package, the winning student entrepreneur of our High School Business Studies Initiative will receive: direct funding from Surf Collective to produce their winning product; an online shopfront on the Surf Collective website - a rich stable of proudly independent Australian small businesses and surf-related products - and retail selling space for their wares at The Sneaky Grind Café - Surf Collective’s collaborative bricks and mortar outlet.

Surf Collective is proud to instigate and support this High School Business Studies Initiative - a developmental and collaborative vocational platform and business program that brings student learning and experience out of the artificiality of the classroom and directly into the real world of commerce. 

We now have a winner of our first program! It's Lilly McElligott with her upcycling of old skateboards. Her products are now for sale on our website here and in our collab with The Sneaky Grind Cafe in Avalon Beach. Below is her presentation. 

They have been selling really well an make an ideal gift.

The Program was so successful in engaging the kids that we are doing it again this year.....so stay tuned!!