Sunday the 27th November saw
Cornwall College hosting the British Junior Surf Squad at the College’s
Tolcarne beach location. The day was run by British Junior Team Coach Joel Gray
and renowned International Olympic strength coach Michael Pellegrino.
The day marked the first session of the 24 surfer squad in preparation for the World Junior Championships in Panama next April.
“The aim of the day was to set the squad up with the knowledge, understanding and skills in which to take away and work on their own individual development goals. The main focus was on establishing correct technique and recognizing the main barriers to peak performance. Tied into this was the physical analysis and preparation that Michael Pellegrino looked at” (Joel Gray)
“It was a pleasure to work with such a talented group of young athletes. Their enthusiasm to develop their strength and performance was noteable.” (Michael Pellegrino)
The day was split into a number of separate classroom presentations and
physical practicals. Being a stones throw from the sand also made it easy to
squeeze in a Squad surf session before dark. Under 16 Squad member Ed Smith
was a really cool set up down there at Tolcarne with the College facilities. It
was different as I’ve never trained for surfing in a classroom but you are a
lot more focused and can pin point tiny details in technique. The fitness
sessions were great also. We now all have fitness programmes and stretching
routines that we can do ourselves to improve our surfing.”
The Tolcarne beach location is the base for Cornwall College’s Surf Science and Tecnology Foundation Degree and two year 2 students attended the day to take notes on how the elite juniors go about their training and preparation.
The British Junior Squad have a number
of further training sessions before the team is announced for the World Junior
Surfing Championships taking place in Panama in April 2012.
Next session is this weekend in North Devon.
At the moment the Juniors are self funding because there are no sponsors and no grants until we have sorted out the NGB … if you are reading this and you think you might know of a company or organisation that wants to support the future of surfing in the UK, please get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org