Dr Rip's 'Science of the Surf' Community Summer Talks for 2017

What are the talks about?

The Science of the Surf is a fascinating, entertaining and multiple award winning visual presentation and talk about how our beaches work and behave; from the journey of tiny little sand grains onto your favourite beach, to the massive swell that rolls in during big storms, to how to spot a deadly rip current - this talk is for anyone who loves and is interested in the beach. It also has a beach safety theme throughout.

The visually powerful talk is presented by Dr Rob Brander, Australia's best known surf scientist from the University of New South Wales who has been nicknamed 'Dr Rip' for his habit of throwing purple dye into rip currents. He is the author of the bestselling 'Dr Rip's Essential Beach Book; everything you wanted to know about surf, sand and rips' and his work on the rip current hazard has received significant Australian and global media attention and was a 2012 Eureka Science Prize winner for Promoting Understanding of Science.

All talks go for approximately 1 hour with additional time for questions. Some of the talks involved a rip current demonstration using purple dye. The talk is suitable for adults and children aged 8+.

Free ‘Rip Current Survival Guide’ posters are available at each talk. Signed copies of ‘Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book; everything you want to know about surf, sand and rips’ are available for purchase at $30.

The talks are completely FREE to attend!

Dr Rip's Community Science of the Surf 2017 talk schedule - UPDATED

The talks marked with an asterisk (*) will have a demonstration of purple dye in rip current. Note that dye releases are dependent on surf conditions on the day.

When Where Time Booking / Contact
Monday Jan 23 2017 Coogee Beach SLSC 12:30-1:30 pm No booking required


* These talks will have a rip demonstration involving purple dye

**The North Sydney talk is different to the others and is called ‘Future Coasts – Rising Seas, Wild Storms and Bye Bye Bondi?’

More talks are planned for the South Coast of NSW in early January, but are waiting confirmation. Keep checking this page for updates.