Junior Surfing Stars Exposed To Elite Coaching At Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre

21 Sep 2012 0 Share

Junior Surfing Stars Exposed To Elite Coaching At Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre

Junior Surfing Stars Exposed To Elite Coaching At Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre

Some of Australia’s best junior surfers have experienced what it takes to become a successful elite athlete at two Surfing Australia Under 14 National Training Camps.

Held at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC) at Casuarina, 14 male and 10 female surfers from throughout Australia were put through their paces at their five-day training camps.

The boys’ camp included: Mitchell Raymond (Macmasters Beach, NSW), Darcy Crump (Avalon, NSW), Kyuss King (ByronBay, NSW), Max McGuigan (Chifley, NSW), Luke Condon (Lennox Head, NSW), Mikey McDonough (Lennox Head, NSW), Sandon Whittaker (Avoca Beach, NSW), Dextar Muskins (Kirra, QLD), Kaya Horne (Burleigh Heads, QLD), Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC), Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, VIC), Henry Hutchins (Barwon Heads, VIC), Duke Nagtzaam (Yallingup, WA), Kael Walsh (Yallingup, WA).

The girls' camp included: Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW), Billie Melinz (Coalcliff, NSW), Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff, NSW),  Macy Callaghan (Avoca Beach, NSW), Kiani Dobbyn (Palm Beach, QLD), Ebony Wilson (Elanora, QLD), Piper Harrison (Mount Eliza, VIC), Grace Day (Jan Juc, VIC), Mia McCarthy (Karrinyup, WA), Phoebe McGregor (Dunsborough, WA).

All were selected by their State branches as the next crop of Under 14 surfers who are ready to take their surfing to the next level.

Participants were provided guidance by Australia’s best coaches including Surfing Australia National Coaching Director Martin Dunn, Surfing Australia Sports Science Manager and Head of Strength and Conditioning Dr Jeremy Sheppard, HPC Head Coach Gary Cruickshank plus a host of top State coaches.

Former World Champion Chelsea Hedges also attended the girls' camp.

“We basically focussed on high performance and technique training with video analysis mainly on that solid first turn and the importance of a good bottom turn and top turn combination,” Hedges said.

“A huge aspect at this stage is speed generation and the techniques needed for that.

“I wish we had this sport of facility like the HPC when I was a grommet. There is just so much information now that we never had as junior competitors. They are progressing at such a good rate, which is a reflection of these camps.

“I was blown away by how these girls were generating speed on the wave, which is one of the most important things in surfing. Also their approach to waves and not being intimidated is so impressive. Some of the girls are tiny 11-year-olds and they’re in double overhead and never giving up and taking off on anything. It’s great to see that level at that age.”

Billie Melinz from Coalcliff (NSW) was named the Most Promising Surfer in the girls' camp and Kael Walsh from Yallingup (WA) was named Most Promising Surfer in the boys' camp. Both won a DHD custom surfboard.

The camps also included a session on the Australian Government’s Illicit Drugs in Sport Program, which Hedges is an Ambassador.

“It is a really important part of growing up to be aware of the dangers of drug use and how to say no,” Hedges said. “It is a good eye opener and good for them to be exposed to the message at a young age and be aware what drugs can do to your body and to your career.”

The Surfing Australia Under 14 National Training Camp is proudly supported by the Australian Sports Commission, Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, Surfing Australia's State surfing branches, DHD Surfboards, the Australian Government’s Illicit Drugs In Sports Program, Suncorp, FCS, TravelSIM and Coastalwatch.

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