A new wave of learning hits Bali

The Art Of Surfing — Bali hosted its first High Performance Surf Training Camp on Bali’s west coast surf break of Balian Beach on the weekend of Nov. 15-17. With 15 enthusiastic children signed up for the junior clinic (all-female and adult editions to follow over the next weeks), spirits were high in the three days of waves, where new skills were learnt. 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.

“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,” he said. Scorringe had a leading hand in the recent crowning of 2013 ASP World Junior Champion Ella Williams.   Accompanied by an array of Channel Island demo boards — the children were eager participants, excited to push themselves and surf to the very best of their capabilities.

Ranging from 11-16 years old, a mix of Indonesian and international children of varying abilities, there wasn’t a single participant who didn’t enjoy an improvement in their surfing over the course of the three days. As well as top-end surf coaching, the children participated in surf-specific fitness classes (as developed at the Modern Movement Surf Training Studio that The Art Of Surfing — Bali’s 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 cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

Although some were a little skeptical at first, the children 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. “My favorite part was 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 have a better understanding of this gives 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 on the faces of the tired surfers as the weekend drew to a close, it was clear it was mission accomplished at The Art Of Surfing — Bali’s first ever camp. There are still a few spots available for the final camp that starts this Friday through to Sunday, again at Balian Beach. Numbers are limited so make sure to act fast. The camp is open to surfers of all ages.

For more information and to register, please email: theartofsurfingbali@gmail.com
source : bali daily

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