Surf Development UK half-term training camp at Putsborough
NORTH Devon’s main beaches have had pumping waves and even some sunshine this week.
The downside of the blue sky has been the plummeting temperature, but that didn’t seem to bother the super-keen waveriders hitting the beach to take full advantage of half-term surf.
For a committed bunch of junior surfers there was a chance to get in some serious practice at a training camp organised by Croyde-based Surf Development UK, run by current and former Great Britain junior team coaches.
Damon Beveridge said: “The purpose of the pre-season surf training camp is to give those who haven’t been able to get to warmer climes for half term a head start before we resume our usual contest and training schedule, which kicks off at the beginning of March.
“We’ve been focusing on high-performance coaching, using specialised equipment and video analysis, and covering all aspects including diet and nutrition.”
Hitting the waves at Putsborough
in 2C and with ice on the beach might not sound like fun to everyone, but the smiles on the faces of the next generation said it all.
One of those attending, 12-year-old Sam Taylor from Croyde, said “The best bits have been the amount of surfing, the filming and great feedback from Damon and John (Ellis)”.
John said: “I’m so stoked to see how much the groms focused and pushed their performance levels despite the temperature.
“It was fantastic to have such a high-performance camp at home before we can start to train after school when the clocks go forward.”
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