SURFING Australia in conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) concluded the four camp Surfer Elite Program last week, with the bodyboard Surfer Elite camp at the High Performance Centre (HPC) Casuarina, Tweed Heads, NSW.
Eleven of the best up and coming junior bodyboarders were individually selected by the Australasian International Bodyboarding Association (IBA), and were flown to Surfing Australia’s HPC from all over the nation to live on site, train and be personally coached by professional IBA coaches.
The four day program provided campers the opportunity to be involved in a series of cutting edge high performance training sessions which included; video analysis, fitness regimes, yoga classes, breath enhancement training, a psychology session, judging seminars and a aerial simulation training session in a foam pit.
All training modules were specifically tailored with the objective of aiding surfers with a smooth transition to becoming professional Athletes.
On the completion of the Bodyboard Surfer Elite Surf Program a Most Promising Bodyboarder Award was presented to the individual most likely to succeed in a professional career, which was determined by the IBA Australasian coaches, Terry McKenna, Matthew Dennis and ex professional, Andrew Lester. It was deemed a unanimous decision by all three coaches and was awarded to Sunshine Coast sensation, Lachie Cramsie.
“This camp has been amazing," said Cramsie."I am extremely pleased to have been chosen to attend the program alongside the best junior bodyboarders from around the country.”
“Living, training and surfing with these guys has been a privilege. Thanks to the IBA coaches, Surfing Australia and the Australian Sports Commission for making the Surfer Elite Program possible,” concluded Cramsie.
At the conclusion of the scholarship program, HPC Manager James Eggington stated that preparations are already underway for next year’s Surfer Elite Program which will ensure that Australia’s best Athletes are given the best opportunity to succeed in their chosen board sport.
“The Surfer Elite Program has been a huge success and it has been evident that the program has identified Australia’s best junior athletes across all disciplines groups,” said Eggington.
“It has been a great opportunity to develop the next generation of junior male and female surfers, longboarders and bodyboarders. The talent pool in Australia is extremely impressive and I am sure many of the surfers who are chosen to attended these Surfer Elite Program camps will go onto a professional career,” he added.
“I cannot wait to see what the 2011 Surfer Elite Program has in store. Preparations are already underway as Surfing Australia in partnership with the Australian Sports Commission plan to raise the bar into 2011 delivering six Surfer Elite Programs,” finished Eggington.
The four day Bodyboard Surfer Elite Program which ran in November was organized by Surfing Australia’s HPC and included video analysis of their bodyboarding, fitness regimes, yoga classes, breath enhancement training, a psychology session, judging seminars and aerial simulation training in a foam pit.
The fourth bodyboard camp instalment completed the Surfer Elite Program which was made possible by Surfing Australia and the Australian Sports Commission.
Bodyboard Surfer Elite Program scholarship recipients;
Jesi Robinson – Port Macquarie, NSW
Jane Eliza Keel – Shoalhaven Heads, NSW
Marshall Elliot Watson – Merewether, NSW
Dylan Beach – Beaumont, SA
Lachie Cramsie – Maroochydore, QLD
Sam Connor Strachan – Cronulla, NSW
Boden Hay – Mullaloo, WA
James Purvis – Margaret River, WA
Calvin Best – Cottesloe, WA
Tim Bond – Newport Beach, NSW
Glen Sullivan – Cronulla, NSW
Bodyboard Surfer Elite Program IBA Australasian Coaches;
Not only do HPC camps provide elite coaching but Surfing Australia’s HPC is extremely pleased to be offering surfers a variety of tailored elite surf camps.
For all camp bookings and further information please contact:
James Eggington (HPC Manager)