Junior High Performance
2023 Surfing NSW Junior High Performance Program
From August 2023, Surfing NSW will roll out its NSW Junior High-Performance program.
This program will provide NSW’s top junior male and female surfers with the pathway and resources to reach their full potential as surfers and as people.
The program consists of approximately 50 athletes across the U12’s – U18’s Division and is selected based on the results at the NSW Junior & Grommet State Titles, with the U14-U18’s also qualifying to represent NSW at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles.
This program which is supported by NSWIS and Surfing Australia, developed by Nathan Webster, Tom Dickson and Ryan Haworth in memory of John Shimooka ‘Shmoo’ aims to provide opportunities for individuals to grow their skills and attitudes within the High Performance Pathway’s.
Athletes part of Team NSW will have access to state camps utilizing some of the top coaches from NSW, video footage, photography, exclusive team NSW uniform and invaluable experiences focused on progression and development of each individual
2023 Team NSW and JHPP Qualification Process
As per the Surfing Australia rulebook, Qualifications are as follows:
U18 & U16 Boys: 1st – 8th from the Junior State Titles.
U18 & U16 Girls : 1st – 8th from Junior State Titles.
U14 Boys & U14 Girls: 1st – 8th from Grommet State Titles.
U12’s Boys & Girls: Will be ‘considered’ for selection based on ability, State Ranking and State Titles result
We will consider additional surfers in the Junior High Performance program based on program capacity and previous surfing results/ performances (Taking injuries, etc into account)
Note: These are not selections into the Australian Junior Titles.
If you have qualified for the 2023 Surfing NSW Junior High Performance Program CLICK HERE to secure your position.
About the 2022 Program
Junior High Performance Program
The program implemented aspects of Performance Progression, Strength and Conditioning, Talent Pathway Development, Health and Nutrition, Mental Health Awareness, Sports Psychology resources and tools.
- ,Camp One: Ingenia Holiday Parks, Merry Beach on the South Coast
- Camp Two: Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre, Casuarina
- Team Session: Training Session at North Stradbroke Island
The Program incorporated key themes to progress each indiviudal, these included; Heat Readiness, Adaptability and Instinct. .
Coaches and expertise utilized throughout 2022 include:
- Micheal Crisp – Nick Squires
- Dean Jamieson – Nathan Hedge
- Philippa Anderson – Talina Wilson
- Nick James – Matt Hoar
- Wayne Hudson – Paul Johnson
- Samba Mann – Andy Morris
- Michael O’Rafferty – Kerry O’Brien
Team Zoom Sessions
The program utilized the expertise and experience of Sally Fitzgibbon, Molly Picklum, Dylan Moffat, Ben Hainsworth, Jackson Baker and Bede Durbridge to discuss key topics such as adaptability, psychology, performance, heat readiness and preparation within competive surfing.
2020 & 2021 Participant
“Participating in the JHPP for the past 2 years has been awesome. The program covers many aspects, and this has helped me sharpen my skills as a surfer, competitor and athlete.”
“The training/theory session have had such a positive effect on my surfing utilising the ‘adaptive mindset’. I’m now able to thrive in non ideal conditions.”
2020, 21 & 22 Participant
“The last 3 years has helped me grow in all aspects of my surfing. The zoom sessions helped competitive surfing mindset, on the camps I was able practice the things I learnt. I’m so grateful to have been apart of such an awesome program.”
2021 & 2022 Participant
“Being able to participate in the JHPP over the years has been epic! I’ve learnt so many things to help my surfing as a competitor and an athlete. The training and theory sessions have helped me thrive in all conditions.”
Rio Luther Barr