Fans were happy that pro surfing returned with the recent Tweed Coast Pro, but for many, the best part of the event was the involvement of local Indigenous group, Juraki Surf Culture.

This group is carrying on a cultural tradition and deep connection to the land which dates back tens and tens of thousands of years, and which runs all the way through to young surfers such as Jalaan and Julung Slabb, who competed in the event.

Get To Know Tweed Coast Indigenous Community Group Juraki Surf Culture
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Get to know the local Indigenous community group Juraki Surf Culture and their connection to the Tweed Coast and the surfing community.

In fact, the local Indigenous community group Juraki Surf Culture was a major part of the Tweed Coast Pro and it was special for many of the fans and athletes that they were involved.

Indigenous Peoples' Day falls on October 12 this year, and so we're resurfacing this profile video on the Juraki group and the important work that it's doing on Australia's Tweed Coast.

It is an essential snapshot into an almost unfathomable closeness with the land, and sea that provides so much joy to all surfers.

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 2: The Juarki perform the powerful Welcome To Country ceremony to open the 2019 Quiksilver Pro and Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast on April 2, 2019 in Queensland, Australia.  (Photo by Kelly Cestari; /WSL via Getty Images) The event was opened with a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony which paid respect to the land's traditional owners - WSL / Kelly Cestari

"I love everything about my culture," Julung says in the clip, "there's always something new to learn. My dad always taught me always to be connected to the water and I built a relationship with the ocean. that's why I surf."

Take a few moments to immerse yourself in a special world and appreciate the indigenous cultures to which all surfers owe such a huge debt.

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