MELBOURNE, FLA.—It’s official. Florida Institute of Technology is “great for the studious surfer,” according to the Surf Channel, which just named it one of the Top 10 Universities for Surfers. Florida Tech was ranked #6 as one of the “schools in prime locations for daily surf sessions to break up all that studying.”
F.I.T. says that evidence abounds for this new accolade. For example, the Florida Tech Surf Team is #1 among Florida collegiate teams. The university remained ahead of the three other Florida collegiate teams competing in the 2012 National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) National Interscholastic Championships last June in Dana Point, Calif. The team finished sixth overall in the competition. It was only the third year of competition for the team.
The Surf Channel’s story pointed out that prime waves may be found at Sebastian Inlet, “a consistent break that enjoys the convenience of both a left and a right.” Also, that Florida Tech is just a few miles away from choice Spanish House and Bonsteel Park surfing sites and the Space Coast surf trained 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.
Just a year ago, Florida Tech, a U.S. News and World Report Tier One Best National University, was named by that organization as one of “5 Great College Towns to Avoid Winter.” The story read, in part: “It’s no surprise that one of the country’s top surf colleges is also situated in a desirable location for students who want to avoid winter.”
Academic-minded youths seeking cold relief and, really, anyone else, can visit http://www.fit.edu/decision-
dashboard/ for a virtual skateboard tour of the campus.
VIDEO: Participants in the Slater Brothers' Invitational 2012 in Cocoa Beach, Florida were treated to some choice waves this year generated by swells generated by Hurricane Sandy far off shore. Video Credit: Brevard Times / File