Surfing Australia launches talent identification camps


Last year’s under-18s Australian Title Champion, Matt King. Photo Surfing Australia – Nikon

From 1 June 2013, Surfing NSW will be executing a series of talent identification camps all over the NSW coastline.

Surfing NSW Talent Identification Camps (TICs) are aimed to improve the standard of NSW surfing at a junior level and offer elite coaching while developing relationships between the surfers and coaches within the Surfing NSW network.

Through these clinics, Surfing NSW will be able to identify junior talent to help with the selection process for Surfing Australia HPC Camps, Elite State Camps and Team NSW selection for 2014.

All coaches involved will be Surfing Australia Level 2 Accredited.

‘This year’s ambition is to identify talent across a range of NSW zones,’ says Surfing NSW state coaching director Blake Johnston. ‘We’ll work with coaches and regional directors within each zone to help isolate talent that could potentially represent NSW at the 2014 Australian Titles and also undergo further elite coaching at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.’

Mr Johnston says that sometimes one of the best surfers can simply have a bad heat and as a result miss out on qualifying for NSW or Australian Titles. ‘We hope these camps will provide me and other coaches within the Surfing NSW network the opportunity to isolate those kids.’

Each day, the camps will focus on contest strategies, how to get the most out of a heat, contest preparation and individual technique.

The dates for the camps are:

South Coast, Lake Tabourie – June 1 to 2.

Sydney, Maroubra – July 20 to 21.

Central Coast / Mid-North Coast, Newcastle – August 17 to 18.

North Coast, Coffs Harbour – August 17 to 18.

For more information or to enquire, please contact Blake Johnston on [email protected] or the Surfing NSW office on 02 9349 7055.

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