Surfing NSW – New Chair and Deputy Chair (July 2024)

Surfing NSW today announced the election of Ben Rolleston as its new Chair, and Lyndel Gray as Deputy Chair. This follows the resignation of John O’Neill and Harry Hodge from the Board of Directors after almost 15 years of esteemed service.

Surfing NSW has announced the 2022 Junior High Performance Program (JHPP) team with 52 young surfers between 12 and 16 years old. 

The team, selected from their results at the State Junior and Grommet Titles, provides NSW’s top junior surfers with the resources and pathways to reach their full potential. In 2022, the team is made up of 18 regional athletes. 

Not only will they be supported as athletes and have access to Surfing NSW’s world-class junior training, but they will represent Team NSW at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles at North Stradbroke Island from 26 November to 3 December 2022. 

The program for the U14-U18 athletes who will take part in the Australian Titles includes three state camps, including;

  • Camp One: Ingenia Holiday Parks, Merry Beach on the South Coast
  • Camp Two: Two-days at the Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre 
  • Camp Three: One-day training at North Stradbroke Island 

The U12’s don’t compete at the Australian Junior Titles, however they still have an extensive program. The state’s youngest elite athletes-in-training attend a one-day training camp at Ingenia Holiday Parks, Merry Beach on the South Coast with the state’s top surf coaches. 

The team will also catch up for monthly online development sessions where they will have the opportunity to be inspired and empowered by a number of sport specialists and representative athletes.  

The program, beginning in August, is supported by NSWIS, Ingenia Holiday Parks, Shoalhaven Council and the Surfer Strength Program.

Surfing strength and conditioning specialist, Dean Jamieson from Lean Performance gym is stoked to be a part of the Surfing NSW JHPP.

“I love working with these young athletes and helping give them the skills and knowledge to use their bodies to their full potential so they can be the best surfers in the world,” he said. 

“Not only is this team extremely talented, they are the future of our sport and all display incredible potential. 

“In working with the team, the goal is to provide each with top-level physical preparation specific to surfing, giving them the best chance at success for themselves and the NSW team at the Australian Championships.”

Keira Buckpitt from the south coast is one of the state’s most promising up-and-coming surfers. The U18 athlete has already had great success in 2022 and represented Australia at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in El Salvador. This is Keira’s third year on the NSW Team. She says the JHPP is a really good program to be involved in year-after-year and is grateful for the opportunity.

Keira believes the program provides the support and knowledge that you don’t get when training as an individual. 

“Every opportunity we got in 2021 helped me this year,” said Keira. 

“I’m stoked to have made the team again this year and can’t wait to get back into the team camps and training.”

A partnership with Ingenia Holiday Parks will allow the team to spend time together to learn from each other and strengthen their cohesiveness. 

Kristy Minter, General Manager People and Culture for Ingenia said the team is thrilled to play a part in supporting the state’s future champions. 

“The opportunity to support young athletes in their training and development is such a valuable piece of our partnership with Surfing NSW,” she said. 

“We look forward to welcoming the group to Merry Beach for an action-packed weekend set in the beautiful surrounds of our south coast holiday park.

“It’s a great opportunity to really indulge in health and well-being while focusing on strategies towards achieving their goals.”

The JHPP kicks off this weekend with the first camp at Merry Beach on the south coast. 

See more information on the Surfing NSW Junior High Performance Program. 

2022 Surfing NSW Junior High Performance Team

U18: Dom Thomas, Harley Walters, Harry O’brien, Hugh Vaughan, Duke Wrencher, Oliver Ryssenbeek, Xavier Bryce, Eden Hasson, Oceanna Rogers, Lucy Brown, Imojen Enfield, Holly Wishart, Jada Thomas, Keira Buckpitt

U16: Felix Byrnes, Sol Gruendling, Dayan Conti, Kash Brown, Keenan Crisp, Samuel Lowe, Fred Carmody, Lex O’Connor, Will Martin, Milla Brown, Shyla Short, Kyla Renes, Isabel Higgs, Juniper Harper, Ruby Trew, Sydney Chevalier

U14: Ocean Lancaster, Chex Dempsey, Taj Air, Balin Cullen, Ben Zanatta, Lachlan Arghyros, Murray Bamberry, Max Mcgillavry, Lucy Darragh, Annalise Wong, Halo Banfield, Lani Cairncross, Alice Hodgson, Gracie ball

U12: Locana Cullen, Jaggar Phillips, Luca Martin, Max Crowley, Sandon Vowels, Tommy Hainsworth, Talia Tebb, Malia Watson, Olive Morriss, Zara Hall


Through qualification as per the Surfing Australia rulebook. Qualifications are as follows:

  • U18 & U16 Boys: 1st – 8th from the State Titles.
  • U14 Boys: 1st -7th from the State Titles, Wild Card/Injury allocation for 8th as per the Surfing NSW Wild Card selection process.
  • U18 & U16 Girls : 1st -6th from State Titles.
  • U14 Girls: 1st -5th from State Titles, Wild Card/Injury allocation for 6th as per the Surfing NSW Wild Card selection process.
  • U12’s: The top 6 Boys and 4 Girls from State Titles, Wild Card/Injury allocation for 7th Boy and 5th Girl as per the Surfing NSW Wild Card selection process. 

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