Training camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia HPC rewards kids
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 March, 2013 : - - Grommets were making waves on the northern NSW coast across the weekend, with the three-day Wahu Surf Camp being run at Casuarina. Sixteen junior surfers, who won the Under 13 divisions during the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps held across Australia in summer, enjoyed an all-expenses paid training camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC).
The surfers at the camp included: India Willcox (Margaret River, WA), Joshua Cattlin (Marmion, WA), Kaya Horne (Burleigh Heads, QLD), Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW), Mitch Raymond (McMasters Beach, NSW), Macy Callaghan (Avoca Beach, NSW), Luke Glover (Caloundra, QLD), Holly Williams (Buddina, QLD), Keanu Miller (Bulli, NSW), Summa Longbottom (North Wollongong, NSW), Caleb Tancred (Avoca Beach, NSW), Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW), Max McGuigan (Chifley, NSW), Kiara Meredith (Barrack Heights, NSW), Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, VIC) and India Robinson (Jan Juc, VIC).
Wahu representative Jim Willcox was delighted to see firsthand the excitement shown by the youngsters who had qualified for the camp. “We’re pleased to see the first Wahu Surf Camp at the High Performance Centre - another great joint initiative in providing further opportunity to some of our young surfers who have successfully competed in the Wahu comps,” said Willcox.
“I first surfed this beach strip out from the HPC over 50 years ago. Our boards were far from high tech, we had neither leg ropes nor wetsuits and there were no buildings, let alone a High Performance Centre (HPC). Surfers are very fortunate to have HPC with its wonderful facility staffed with professional people - the kids these days are just so well equipped and supported. They are certainly very privileged to have this type of opportunity. If the energy and excitement displayed in the young groms eyes this morning is any indication, this should be a great camp.”
Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said that the Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia HPC was such a fantastic link between the grassroots Wahu Surfer Groms Comps and the elite level of high performance training.
"The opportunity provided to these 16 kids by Wahu and Surfing Australia is one they will cherish forever," he said. "It is so important to show the youth the pathway that our sport offers from junior to world champ, and this camp achieved that in so many ways. We are extremely greatful to our partner Wahu for their support of this camp and the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps."
Willcox also said that Wahu sees its involvement with Surfing Australia as another way of contributing to our society. “It is very gratifying to receive the lovely comments from parents and children telling us how much they enjoy and appreciate our support for the programs. Wahu has become synonymous with Surfing Australia’s surf groms programs. Our partnership with Surfing Australia is both meaningful and worthwhile to us.”
The Wahu Surfer Groms Comps is the only national competition series to fully cater for the ‘micro groms’ in Under 7 through to Under 15 and was expanded to eight events in summer 2012/13 across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.
Divisions include: U/15 Boys and U/15 Girls, U/13 Boys and U/13 Girls, U/11 Boys and U/11 Girls, U/9 Boys and U/9 Girls (Parent assist) and U/7 Boys and Girls mixed division (Parent assist)
The series is designed to give grommets their first experience at competition in a fun environment with plenty of activities and beach games offering prizes and giveaways from the event’s sponsor Wahu.
More than 800 children took part in events held at: Coffs Harbour, NSW; Sydney Northern Beaches, NSW; Ocean Grove, VIC; Trigg Point, WA; Gold Coast, QLD; Cronulla, NSW; Sunshine Coast, QLD; Wollongong, NSW.
Source: Surfing Australia
Author: Jake White
Tags: Groms, Wahu, Surfing Australia