Surfing Australia’s Camp Coastalwatch Paves The Way For Promising Juniors
Tuesday, 3 April 2012(Tuesday 3rd April, 2012): Sixteen of the country’s most promising junior surfers were given the keys to take their surfing to new levels during Surfing Australia’s Camp Coastalwatch.
Camp Coastalwatch was open to any Under 16 surfer in Australia who had not reached the quarter-final at a national competition, but showed a motivation to want to improve their surfing.
There were over 140 applications for the camp, which was held at the Hurley Surfing Australian High Performance Centre (HPC) at Casuarina in northern NSW.
Surfing Australia coach Samba Mann said all the participants already had the right attitude and only needed some technique changes to improve their surfing.
“The standard of this group is really high,” Mann said. “We just have to make some adjustments to their technique and help them get the most out of their surfing.
“Every surfer who comes through here needs some adjustment to their technique in how to use their upper body. We also work on their attitude to make sure they always look at their surfing positively.
“It’s great Coastalwatch gives these kids the opportunity to work with us and in a group situation like this they also feed off each other.”
The surfers chosen to attend were:
Dan Greig Manly, NSW
Eliza Greene Yallingup, WA
Courtney Dunlop Phillip Island, VIC
Cooper Saunders Port Noarlunga South, SA
Campbell Wright Pambula Beach, NSW
Kelly Nordstrom Hobart, TAS
Jackson Giles Matraville, NSW
Boston Lavanagh Dunsborough, WA
Ryan Slattery Toukley, NSW
Beau Buckpitt Culburra Beach, NSW
Jordan Green West Beach, SA
Ben Buckpitt Culburra Beach, NSW
Cooper Lowe Mermaid Waters, QLD
Nathan Still Kingscliff, NSW
Zimba Ahmed Grassy Head, NSW
Bella Wilton Manly, NSW
Participants received a world class coaching program from Australia’s best surf coaches including a Silicon Coach DVD plus accommodation and food.
They were given guidance in technique, wave usage, education on “how to surf to judging criteria”, competition preparation and strategies, surf specific fitness training, wave selection, time management, psychological approach and competition analysis. The camp also toured the factory of master shaper Darren Handley.
Camp Coastalwatch is proudly supported by Surfing Australia, Coastalwatch, the Australian Sports Commission, the Federal Government’s Illicit Drugs In Sport program, Suncorp, TravelSim and Casuarina Beach.
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