Our High School Business Initiative

It’s no secret that we here at Surf Collective are both proud and passionate about supporting creative inspiration and local and domestic surf-related product innovation and development in Australia.

That’s why back in 2017 we partnered with Barrenjoey High School on Sydney’s Northern Beaches to put together a specific program and competition dedicated and designed to ensure the continuation of Australia’s exceptional historical track record in this area, by directly encouraging, fostering and nurturing emerging and upcoming generations of homegrown surf industry talent.

The Winner in that first year of the program was Lily McElligott, who designed and produced a surf wax comb upcycled from discarded skateboard decks. Her brand Coastal Upcycling – part of Surf Collective’s homegrown brand family - continues to do well and now produces a diverse range of fun and functional plywood products and designs.

You can buy one for yourself or a friend here


In this, its second year of successful operation, we’re proud as punch to introduce and announce Henri Hole and his Squid Handplanes design as the 2018 Winner of 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 the 2018 Winner, Henri will receive direct funding from Surf Collective to assist in the initial production of his winning Squid Handplanes product - a handmade, recycled and economically-priced alternative wave-riding vehicle that features a highly functional half-crested tail and a smoothly rounded plan-shape.

Henri’s Squid Handplanes will also receive online shopfront space on the Surf Collective website (here) - a rich stable of proudly independent Australian brands and surf-related products - and a bricks and mortar presence for his recycled wares at The Sneaky Grind Café - Surf Collective’s collaborative retail outlet in the heart of Avalon.

We’re eagerly looking forward to seeing how Henry and Squid Handplanes’ fledgling surf-industry journey will pan out in both the near and distant future, and are already looking forward to seeing what brilliant results the 2019 High School Business Studies Initiative participants will produce!

We're about to announce the winner for 2019!! So watch out, its been a great year in the classroom.