o mark the beginnings of surfing at the Olympic Games, the Australian national surf team of Irukandjis has partnered with Airbnb to deliver a curated wishlist of surf-inspired stays in Australia.
Surfing Australia and Airbnb hope the partnership will inspire surfers of all skill levels and disciplines to take up surfing after seeing Australian stars Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore and Owen Wright compete at the Tokyo 2020 Games..
The surf-inspired wishlist includes surf huts, beach cabins and coastal huts across Australia.
Airbnb Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Susan Wheeldon, said: âWith the number of in-person spectators being different this year, the public is looking for new ways to support athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. “
âThat’s why we’ve teamed up with the Irukanjis to help bring the magic of the Olympics one step closer to Australian fans.
âWatching our surf superstars dominate the waves will no doubt inspire many to grab a board and jump into the water, so this wishlist aims to encourage even the most novice surfers to live out their medal dreams. gold while staying in an epic coastline. home available on Airbnb, âWheeldon said.
Surf Australia CEO Chris Mater, noted: “We are delighted to collaborate with Airbnb on this wishlist specially curated by our talented National Surf Team in time for the Olympic debut of our sport.”
âThe new name of Irukandjis was launched in March this year and will see several surf disciplines represented for the first time under a single team identity; including Shortboard, Longboard, Big Wave, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and Adaptive.
âAnd just like the team, Irukandji’s wishlist has something for everyone,â Mater said.
Some stays in the wishlist include a waterfront beach house at Boomerang Beach on the North NSW coast, a studio at Smith’s Beach on Victoria’s Phillip Island and a waterfront cottage on White Beach of Tasmania, near a surfing land known internationally for having some of the biggest waves in the world.
In addition to the curated wishlist, Airbnb, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have developed a program consisting of over 200 Olympic and Paralympic experiences online, only on Airbnb.
The online experience will be brought to life by sports heroes both competing and retired, including Olympic gold medalist and former professional volleyball player Kerri Pottharst, who runs workshops on how to adopt a “Champion state of mind”.
Other experiences include Paralympic gold medalist swimmer Matthew Haanappel exploring the concept of inclusion and Paralympic athlete Evan O’Hanlon leading a master class on ‘shattering goals’.