British Junior
Squad:  Panama 2012 selection process
& criteria

Dear surfers.


Over the last couple of weeks a number of you have been
asking for clarification of the selection criteria for the travel teams.


To clarify the selections process the Selection Panel are
today issuing the following statement.


  1. The panel will meet in Late February 2012 and
    select the final teams.
  2. When making the final selections the Panel will
    take into consideration several primary factors:




  • Initial squad ranking derived from 2011
    performances and results.  (this initial
    squad ranking process  is published on
    the British Surfchamps Website statement)
  • Performance during winter training events
    (including attitude and commitment as well as results)
  • Feedback from travelling surfers who are
    competing or training overseas (to include video, feedback from overseas
    coaches, results from International comps if applicable)




3. In late February the panel will derive a final
using the same process that was used to select the squad: each
panel member will submit a list of 8 surfers in each ISAWJC category with a
ranking number 1-8 next to each name. These rankings will then be collated and
the final rankings derived from that process.




4. Results from training events during the course
of the winter will help to inform the process but the results from the winter
training events are not to be seen as a running “league table”.  The results from each training event are
stand- alone results and will simply help inform the panel when each selector
is making their final rankings.



5. The selection panel is comprised of some of the
most respected names in British surf coaching and judging.  Their decision at the end of February will
not be an easy one because every division is highly competitive.  Surfers are requested to respect the
decisions that the panel makes. The ONLY motivation of the selection panel is
to send the BEST British team we can to Panama 2012



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
noted, “It
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!



Winter 2011-2012 Development Squad and Training Programme

Following the British Surf Championships and meeting of members of the surf community, selection and coaching team for the British Juniors was announced as: Joey Buran, Joel Gray, Lloyd Cole, Tony Good, John Ellis, Ester Spears, Dave Reed, Russell Winter.

The panel have met and discussed the best approach to selection and training for a GB Junior squad.

It has been agreed that for this winter a focussed development squad of 24 surfers works through a winter training and selection programme.

The panel has considered two objectives:

  1. Selection and preparation of a travel team for the ISAWJC, Panama 2012
  2. Long term development for GB junior squad for 2013 and beyond

The aim is a spirited competitive squad pushing each other through the winter, and for the surfers to be at the top of their game when the travel teams arrive in Panama.

Surfers who have just missed out on the squad will be encouraged to attend the training events during the winter in order to benefit from the process and to have the opportunity to stake a claim for places on the future development squad.

The squad selection process and future opportunity for prospective squad members

Each member of the panel has submitted 8 or more names for each ISAWJC division. The surfers have each been ranked by the individual panel member according to known 2011 results. All the panel member’s rankings for each surfer have then been collated to give each surfer an overall ranking. From that final ranking a top 8 in each ISA division has been derived.

In future, any surfer who wants to may submit results from competitions to the panel for consideration. Qualifying contests will include UKPSA contests and other NGB recognised contests, to be approved by the panel as soon as the 2012 calendar is published (and as soon as the NGB has established itself). The panel will review the squad on a continual basis and future selections will be based on results, not on the “judgement” of individuals.

Travel Team selection

Final team selections will be based on a ranking derived from current rankings plus performance during winter training. Surfers who attend the winter training events will have a chance to compete for team places. Attendance for squad members is compulsory to at least one of the training events and any surfer who is not present for any of the training dates will need to have contacted the panel and explained why they are unable to attend. Surfers who are unable to attend any training date due to travel commitments must keep in close contact with the coaching team to ensure they keep up with the objectives and focus of the training.

Provisional calendar for the GB Junior Squad.

Date Event Location Coach(s)
7th November Announce Squad on British Surf Champs
12th&13th November Squad meet at UKPSA contest. Fistral beach Newquay.Squad to be encouraged to enter competition. Joel & Tony to make contact with all who compete and provide feedback to the rest of the panel. Joel GrayTony Good
27th November Squad meeting. Strengths, weaknesses and fitness conditioning Retallack, CornwallGoal Setting, Strengths & Weakness workshop. Strength & Fitness Conditioning. Joel Gray, Michael Pellegrino
3rd&4th December Squad meeting. Competition focus, Judging & Strategy. Croyde, DevonJudging workshop, Competition preparation, strategy & performance. Lloyd Cole, John Ellis, Ester Spears
7th&8th January Squad Meeting Retallack, Cornwall Joel Gray, John Ellis, Dave Reed, Tony Good
17th-19th February Squad Training Camp Fistral Office, Cornwall Joel Gray, John Ellis, Joey Buran, Lloyd Cole
20th February Announce Team for Panama
3rd&4th March 1st Team meeting TBC Joel Gray, John Ellis, Lloyd Cole
31st March & 1st April Final Team meeting TBC Joel Gray, John Ellis, Lloyd Cole
April 14th-22nd ISA Games Panama Joey Buran, Lloyd Cole

The selection and coaching panel

 Joey Buran       Ester Spears      Dave Reed        Russell Winter

 John Ellis          Lloyd Cole         Tony Good        Joel Gray
The 2011-2012 Panel is made up of some of the most respected names in competetive surfing in the UK. The panel contains the top coaches in the UK who regularly work with and watch the GB juniors. Joey Buran brings his expertise from years of competing at the highest level and coaching the US team and GB 2011 team. Head Judge Ester Spears and Contest Director Dave Reed have watched and judged the GB juniors in competition more closely than any others in the UK over the last decade.


We are actively seeking sponsorship for the GB Junior squad programme, but to start things off the squad will self- fund based on training subs for each date the surfers attend. Fees will be £15 per surfer per day. This will cover coaches’ wages and expenses.

British Junior Squad 2011-2012

U-18 Boys


Luke Dillon                 Jobe Harriss               Harry Timson             Paddy Daniel                


Miles Lee Hargraves    Liam Turner               Will Davey                Simon Trebilcock

U-18 Girls


Tassy Swallow            Lucy Campbell            Laura Crane               Jaide Lowe


Ellen Harding             Emily Currie               Peony Knight               Flora Lawton

U-16 Boys


Taz Knight                   Max Payne                 Harry DeRoth              Dale Foster


Ed Smith                    Liam Murray Strout        Rhys Barfield           Angus Scotney