A high school in Canberra, New South Wales has approved Surfing as a recreation course in it's curriculum starting next year.
The purpose is to keep the kids from dropping out of school to go surfing. The idea is, that if they can take a class in this, then they will stay connected with the school and the education and thus the detriment to their education from surfing won't affect their ability to get employed after school.
Of course, there are detractors. The Federal Education Minister claims that this will make a mockery of traditional education.
I don't know much about the educational system in Australia. What I do know is that when I was in high school, I knew kids who got P.E. credits for Golfing. I figure surfing requires far more physical fitness than hitting a little ball with a little stick and taking a car to where it landed, or even walking there...