Bali host their first High Performance Surf Training Camp at Bali's West Coast surf break of Balian.
With 15 enthusiastic grommets signed up for the junior clinic (all-female and adult editions to follow over the next weeks), spirits were high across the three long days of waves, instruction, and learning new skills.
Utilizing international coaches with proven high-performance methods focusing on video review, comparative analysis with the best surfers in the world, and a heavy emphasis on correct technique and equipment, Head Coach Matt Scorringe was very pleased with the outcome, saying, "We couldn't have asked for a better response to our first camp here in Bali. I've had the opportunity to work with some great surfers, but there's nothing more rewarding than seeing the young ones progress." Scorringe had a leading hand in the recent crowning of 2013 ASP World Junior Champion Ella Williams.
Accompanied by an array of provided Channel Island demo boards – the grommets were eager participants, excited to push themselves and surf to the very best of their capabilities. Ranging in age from 11-16, a mix of Indonesians and internationals of varying abilities, there wasn’t a single grom who didn’t enjoy an improvement in their surfing over the course of the three days.
As well as top-end surf coaching, the grommets participated in surf-specific fitness classes (as developed at the Modern Movement Surf Training Studio that The Art Of Surfing – Bali co-founder Tai Graham runs with Taj Burrow’s trainer Johnny Gannon) and yoga classes, ate only the healthiest of meals provided by the Bali Buda Café, and were given ocean-specific rescue and CPR training. Although some were a little skeptical at first, the groms soon realized the importance of being able to save a friend in trouble, then embraced and enjoyed the experience.
Top Australian junior and Bali resident Reef Doig was ecstatic about his camp experience, mentioning the values he saw overall especially in the CPR training. "My favorite part was for sure the CPR training. Working with experienced guys who have been in all sorts of situations really put things into perspective that someone might need help anywhere at anytime. To now have a better understanding of this give me so much more confidence, especially once i head over to Hawaii."
Above all, the camp was about improving surfing through various platforms and having fun while doing it. Judging by the smiles smeared across the faces of the shattered surfers as the weekend drew to a close it was clear that it was mission accomplished on The Art Of Surfing – Bali’s first ever camp.
There are still a few spots available for the final High Performance Camp that starts this Friday through to Sunday again at Balian Beach. Numbers are limited so act fast. Camp is open to surfers of all ages.