Garrett Parkes one of the invited surfers : photo SurfingAustralia.com
Surfing Australia High Performance Centre
The next generation of professional surfers goes into camp
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 August, 2005 : - - Surfing Australias High Performance Centre (HPC) is being overrun by the next generation of talented surfing grommets this week at the annual Mark Richards National Junior Training Camp.
The Mark Richards (MR) Camp, named after the four times World Professional Surfing Champion (1979 1982) introduces some of Australias most promising surfers from across Australia, under the age of 16 to modern surf coaching methods. The MR Camp has been running since 1982, and is the premier elite junior training camp in Australia and is the beginning of potential 5 year involvement in Surfing Australias Surfer Elite Program (SEP)
Around thirty of the top surfers from around Australia are attending the camp, taking advantage of the scientific approach to elite surf coaching which includes video coaching, nutritional education, fitness evaluations, media awareness, judging & equipment seminars, competition strategies and technique analysis. These surfers are selected by their states as the most promising young surfers with the potential to take the step to becoming a professional surfer in the coming years.
Surfing Australias HPC Head Coach Sasha Stocker is always excited when the MR Camp comes to the HPC.These kids are the next generation of professional surfers and I cant help but to be inspired by these young surfers with so much potential. Guys like Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson were previous invitees to this camp who are now travelling the world and are now rated in the top 10 on surfing World Championship Tour (WCT), so it will be very interesting to see what comes out of this years MR Camp..
The MR Camp is being held at Surfing Australias HPC which is based at the Casuarina Beach Resort on the northern NSW coast just south of Kingscliff.
Surfing Australias Surfer Elite Program has been developed in association with the Australian Sports Commission. The MR Camp is supported by the Australian Sports Commission, Base Surfboards, Casuarina Beach Domain Resort, Gorilla Grip, FCS and Tracks Magazine.
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