FIJI's newest surf riding club Club Vodo Ua Board attracted more than 240 people to Natadola beach in Nadroga yesterday in its effort to promote surfing.
Organiser Ian Muller said the program was aimed at reviving the sport from grassroots level.
He said participants were taught the basics of surfing at the same time children were educated on various ways to protect reefs and the environment.
Muller said he was impressed with the response from interested people.
"This is just the start and the club is not focusing only about surfing," said Muller.
"It's surfing against destruction — its about protecting our reefs and beaches. It's about giving back to the community, the land and qoliqoli owners.
"We have introduced training program on the basics of surfing, the rules and regulations at the same time create awareness on the significant protecting the environment."
Muller said surfing was an eco-sport that needed to be looked at in a holistic approach.
"Nobody is driving surfing here in Fiji and nothing is being done to put something back in the sport so we want to give local people the opportunity to learn about the sport.
"We are planning to also hold more training in the near future and it's an amazing feeling to see most children got to ride their first ever wave at Natadola on Saturday." Muller added the club would host two programs per month with the next to be held at Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi.