A life experience
Since he took up rowing, the founder of our club, Charles Henri Dallemagne, always thought about starting a new club, more modern, younger, more “fun” in Belgium. When in 1997, the juniors he trained in another club wanted a better infrastructure, more “cool”, more flexible, matching young rowers demands, the idea was back. That year then, an experienced rower, a bunch of young rowers supported by dedicated adults (J-C Marchal, Josiane Stradiot and E. Van Cleemput) started the club.
Since time immemorial, men have sailed the waters ways, rivers or the sea. For centuries the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Phoenicians used the arm strength to move their boats before using the wind. The Phoenicians were using silk cushions in order not only to use arms only but combining is with legs. But even if the ancients considered an honor to row their boats and triremes, it quickly became a galley slave task. Sails and sailing use put an end to that slavery.
The sport is born as a way of rescuing on Australian beaches in the early 20th century. This rescue way is now replaced by mechanical means, but it is still a sport practiced and a category competed at the beach sports “Olympics” in Australia.
Since he started rowing, the founder of our club, Charles Henri Dallemagne, always thought about starting a new club, more modern, younger, more “fun” in Belgium. When in 1997, the juniors he trained in another club wanted a better infrastructure, more “cool”, more flexible, matching young rowers demands, the idea was back. That year then, an experienced rower, a bunch of young rowers supported by dedicated adults (J-C Marchal, Josiane Stradiot and E. Van Cleemput) started the club
The name? Submitted to the young guys with the only demand to start with an “a”, the pseudo of a French rap singer came straight away up : “Akhenaton” of the group ‘I am”! After that “Roei” for rowing and “School” to underline that we teach rowing, comes naturally to complete the name, like a famous London rowing club.
The only problem was “where to locate the club”. After some trials hiring boat garages here and there, having tried to team up with a club in Ghent, where we still put back on tracks a rowing activity at the University, the club finds a temporary agreement in Grimbergen. The project for a new building is still on. In 2004, we set up a introductions to the sport program back and we introduce “surfrowing / surfboat”, this famous Australian discipline, in Belgium.
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Join our surfrowing club to be part of a close-knit community united by a passion for surfing and rowing. Enjoy the camaraderie and supportive atmosphere that comes from engaging in these water sports together.
Experience a full-body workout that blends the cardiovascular benefits of rowing with the strength and balance required for surfing. Our club offers a unique approach to physical fitness, keeping you active in the dynamic and invigorating open water.
Elevate your water skills and embrace the thrill of adventure by combining rowing and surfing. Our club provides a platform for continuous skill development and exploration of diverse coastlines, making it an ideal choice for those seeking an active and dynamic lifestyle.
Contribute to the preservation of our oceans and coastal ecosystems by joining our club. Actively participate in beach clean-ups, conservation initiatives, and educational programs. If you’re environmentally conscious, our club provides an opportunity to enjoy water sports responsibly while making a positive impact.