Surfing is a major part of Nantucket, and provides a year round sport and hobby for many people on the island. The past couple of years at Nantucket High School, surf club existed under the title of Environmental Club, and worked to help the community. This year, students have organized and developed surf club into its own entity. They want to participate in surfing related activities all year long while also giving back to the community.
The club has met once a week since they started and encourages people to join and learn about the sport regardless of their experience. Luke Johnson, an avid member of the club said “there are people of all different skill levels, there are people that have just started surfing and only been surfing for a year, and there's people like me who compete up and down the East coast and are super serious about the sport. Any level of experience is accepted.” Their goal is to inspire people to get in the water and try the sport out; and encourage people to come to surf club where members of higher experience levels can help the beginners learn to love the sport.
As a club, they plan to raise money to try and go on a trip to somewhere such as North Carolina, where the water is warmer and the waves are better than those on Nantucket. They might donate the raised money to organizations. They also plan to give back to the environment through beach clean ups. Members of the club are very grateful to live on Nantucket and be surrounded by water and the opportunities that it provides for surfing. Johnson would also like people to know that as a club they want to inform people and show that they are more than just the cliche image of a surfer. He recognizes that “the stereotypical surfer is someone who doesn’t care and is a partier, but as a club, we just want to show that that is not us and that we are respectful of the beaches and want to preserve the beauty of Nantucket.”
Members of surf club encourage people to come to the free form club and participate in the sport that they love, while also giving back to the community and island that provides the waters that allow them to practice the sport whenever they wish.