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
The steering committe met last Friday at Jamaica Inn. Here are the minutes of that meeting.
Surfing Meeting -
Minutes – 11.11.2011
Present at the
meeting were: Kerry Powell, Andy
Sturt, Bob Freshwater, Kevin Cook, Hugo Tagholm, Greg Martin, Bruce Daniel, Sam
Lamiroy, Gail Sheath, Kevin Smith, Rob Tibbles, Rob Whitney, Isabelle Bromham,
Adrian Phillips, Alex Williams, Nigel Semmens, Matt Knight, Alex Wade.
We are pleased to unveil the members of the British junior surf squad who will be competing for a places on the team that will be heading to the ISA world junior surf championships in Panama in April 2012
Well done to all the competitors who joined us in Newquay for the British National Surf Championships and thanks to all the friends, supporters, sponsors and volunteers for the time and effort they put it to make the event happen. With surf building from 2ft in the morning till come the final we had 6-8ft rollers steaming through the lineup, its fair to say we had the conditions in which to crown true British champs, thanks again to all who took part and made it such a fun and friendly weekend for everyone.
The 2011 British National Surf Championships Website is now LIVE. Open and Open women surfers, together with juniors and grommets of both sexes, will compete for the British titles on 29th 30th October, at Fistral in Newquay.
With on-going difficulties at Surfing GB, none of the 2011 National events were scheduled to take place. Alarm bells started ringing amongst surfers that their NGB was in a state of crisis.
Volunteers stepped forward to salvage the most important event, the British Nationals; making a statement to the wider surfing community that events like this matter; and that no- one sponsor, or failing NGB, can take away surfer’s rights to contest their National titles, run their own events, and determine their own governance.
That message struck a chord. Within a fortnight an eclectic and diverse range of sponsors had offered their support. From surf industry giants to local shops and tourist businesses, the offers of help rolled in.
Many of you will know that our National Governing Body (Surfing GB, formerly the BSA) has been experiencing difficulties for many years. It is public knowledge that there are currently no staff in the NGB office. The vast majority just want to see an end to the problems and a focus on surfing.
British Surfing needs a strong and credible National Governing Body (NGB) because without official recognition, surfing as a sport cannot access funding from Sport England. That means surf clubs, surf schools, surf businesses and individual surfers are all unable to compete for badly needed development grants with other sports.
A strong NGB does not just access funding. It should be assisting its members with things that matter to them: cheap insurance, club development, running contests, certification and ensuring good standards of training: of judges, coaches, surf schools. The NGB should also be training and managing the National teams that put British Surfing on the global map. A strong NGB gives surfers a political voice, ensuring that surfers are consulted as stakeholders in marine and watersports policy.
All surfers are affected, directly or indirectly, by the strength or weakness of their NGB.
The 2011 British Nationals will provide an opportunity for surfers to meet and decide on the future strategy for their NGB. Elections and a plan for 2012 are on the agenda.