Australia's Promising Junior Surfers Put Through Their Paces At Camp Coastalwatch
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 March, 2010 : - - Promising young surfers from across the country have been put through their paces at Casuarina this week, with Camp Coastalwatch being run at Surfing Australias High Performance Centre (HPC). Seventeen under 16 Australian junior surfers were selected from over 80 enthusiastic applicants to take part in the unique, three day surf camp kicking off on Wednesday and finalising today.
The Coastalwatch camp was specifically designed for junior surfers who have not experienced major success at any big surfing competitions.
Only surfers who have not participated in other high level or elite training such as the Mark Richards Camp or Layne Beachley Camp were eligible. Young competitors who are showing promise but havent yet progressed beyond the quarter finals in big recognised junior events such as The Rusty Gromfest or Rip Curl Gromsearch were selected.
Surfing Australia High Performance Manager James Eggington said the camp was designed for promising up-and-comers, This particular camp is not for the Julian Wilsons or even Mitch Parkos, but more so for young crew with similar desire, but not quite at that level yet. It is not for crew that are already totally ripping, but more about helping the next tier get there.
By exposing these surfers to the Surfing Australia HPC, Camp Coastalwatch aims to take their ability to the next level and increase their chance of future competitive success by focusing on technique, wave usage, how to surf to the judging criteria, heat preparation and strategies, specific fitness training, wave selection, time management and psychological approach.
Camp Coastalwatch in conjunction with Surfing Australias High performance Unit will ensure the 17 young surfers are coached and mentored by some of Australias best. Accommodation, food and a Silicon Coach DVD production of surfing footage was provided to all participants.
The following 17 surfers were selected to take part in the camp: Dakoa Davidson, Oliver Hamilton, Joe Wallace, Zac Bloodworth, Mitch Kennedy, Harry McPherson, Nathan Spect, Blake Webb, Samuel Poncini, Will Dickson, Ruby Campbell, Luke Dunlop, Mitch Imgraben, Cushla Simpson, Jake Fasnacht, Josh Bourke and Jacob Charteris.
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