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Wade Sharp coaches Costa Rican National Junior Team

National Surf Team Coach Wade Sharp & 3 team-members

Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

Papenoo, Tahiti
2 - 14 December 2004

ASP's Wade Sharp coaches Costa Rican National Junior Team

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 November 2004: - - In just under a week, the Costa Rican National Junior Team, which includes Jason Torres (Jaco), Juan Carlo Naranjo (Jaco), Killian Raust (Playa Grande), Luis Vindas (Jaco), Ronald Brown (Puerto Viejo), Jairo Pérez (Jaco) and Andreina Samudio (Jaco), will head to Papenoo, Tahiti to compete for the opportunity to receive medal recognition in honor of their surfing skills. They will join kids from Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hawaii, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Tahiti, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, and Venezuela.

For the past two weeks, the youngsters—aged 18 years and less—have been participating in a strict training regimen under the watchful eye of Wade Sharp, who previously guided the full National Team to 9th place—up from last place the previous year—on very short notice, earlier this year in the ISA World Surfing Games in Ecador. In order to avoid the kind of last-minute strategic maneuvering that went down in Ecuador, Antonio Pilurzu, head of the Federacion Tico de Surf, requested that Sharp come to Costa Rica weeks earlier than the Junior Team’s departure in order to prepare the athletes for the high stakes competition which lay ahead in Tahiti.

Coach Sharp’s philosophy: “It’s not strategy…it’s ONLY strategy!”

During a weekend in Tamarindo, November 20 and 21, and then the following weekend in Jaco, Sharp invited the top-ranking members of the entire Costa Rican National Surf Team to join in the rigorous training and coaching sessions he led the Juniors through. The idea was to increase the skills of the younger team while fine-tuning the performances of the more experienced surfers who still hope to be chosen for spots on the National Team that will compete in the 2005 Pan-American Games. The top-ranking surfers in Open, Juniors, Longboard, Women categories will represent Costa Rica in that prestigious international event, whose exact date and location have yet to be announced.

Sharp first came to the attention of Pilurzu in March 2001, when Tamarindo hosted a Billabong Pro Costa Rica. He was one of the ASP (Associatoin of Surfing Professional) judges scoring the contest, and he was impressed with the level of “natural talent” displayed in the Costa Rican surfers competing in that internationally recognized contest. Costa Rica itself had the same pure spirit he remembered about his birthplace of Durbin, South Africa, where the now 31-year-old grew up the son of professional surfer William Sharp. After a career of competition, sponsorship, and travel, the younger Sharp opened the Surf Academy, which became the Billabong Surf Academy, in South Africa. His training programs produced six surfing champions and two World Champions.

Coach Sharp believes that right now, he is training at least two possible World Champions on the Costa Rican National Surf Team.

The Costa Rican National Junior Team is sponsored by Adrenalina, a video production company that specializes in skate and surf videos. The competitors were chosen from their rankings in the Circuito Nacional de Surf, which is sponsored by Quiksilver, 91.1 La Radio, Chica Surf, Jammin’ Surf Camp, Tamarindo Vista Villas, Bevy Media Corp, Carton, Banzaii, Mango Surf & Skate, Roxy, Cala Luna Hotel & Villas, Mohs, Dakine, Fischer Bros., Shifi Surf Shots, Rider, Jass, Surfos, and Red Bull.

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