Surfing NSW Academy Gears Up for High-Performance Training Camp in Preparation for 2023 Australian Junior Surfing Titles

Published on 11/10/2023

Surfing NSW Academy Gears Up for High-Performance Training Camp in Preparation for 2023 Australian Junior Surfing Titles

Surfing NSW’s High Performance team is hosting a five day surf intensive training camp on the 17th October – 21st October 2023 at the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC) in Casuarina NSW.

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.

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 Phillip Island, Victoria on the 25th Nov – 3rd December. 

The High-Performance camp brings together our state’s top Juniors seeking to train and prepare them. The camp will involve surf-specific training and team-building exercises, utilising the HPC facilities such as the trampoline and skate ramp for sessions, as well as strength and conditioning sessions in the gym, and fun activities including ice baths and jet skis! Not to mention surf video analysis from elite coaches such as Matty Cattle, Luke Egan, and Nathan ‘Noodles’ Webster, which is prioritised to get our Junior Team NSW athletes ready to take on the other states at competition. There will also be World CT appearances to share their levels of expertise with the talented athletes including professional surfer Connor O’Leary. The Junior High Performance Program (JHPP) camp aims to improve the physical strength, mental endurance, and skill level of our state surfers, whilst providing a unique experience to build resilience and team camaraderie. On top of this, all attending athletes will receive a personalized portfolio of all content captured from filmers Dan Scott and Griggs.

Team Manager and Performance Pathways Coordinator, Ryan Haworth expressed his excitement for the upcoming camp and said “We have some really incredible surfers and an amazing line-up of experienced coaches. Our Team will be one to watch at Aussies.”

Surfing NSW is honored to announce the 2023 Junior Aussies Team below. Special mention also goes out to our State athletes Fletcher Kelleher, Milla Brown and Harley Walters who qualified for the Australian Titles as part of Team NSW but will be representing Australia at the Junior ISA World Games​​​​​​​, go team!

2023 Surfing NSW Junior Aussies Team

U18 Boys: Hughie Vaughan, Baxter Hurt, Sol Gruendling, Fred Carmody, Jimmi Hill, Dane Henry, Eden Hasson, Samuel Lowe, 

U18 Girls: Imojen Enfield, Shyla Short, Lilah Pearce, Juniper Harper, Jemma Holley, Sydney Chevalier, Natalie Fensom, Zahlia Short

U16 Boys: Ben Zanatta, Felix Byrnes, Jackson Woolnough, Sullivan Tucker, Ocean Lancaster, Phoenix Vischer, Max Mcgillavray, Rene Galloway

U16 Girls: Ruby Trew, Ocea Curtis, Kyla Renes, Macey Jolley, Grace Gosby, Ava Arghryos, Poppy O’Reilly, Quincy Symonds

U14 Boys: Jaggar Phillips, Hunter Sutcliffe, Rio Luther Barr, Joey Silk, Ashton Mekisic, Eli Clarke, Kade Kelly, Harry Blanchfield

U14 Girls: Lucy Darragh, Lani Cairncross, Mali Adam, Halo Banfield, Talia Tebb, Madora Barton, Malia Watson, Olivia Shannon


MR Shield Schools Teams: 

Chex Dempsey and Taj Daley – Tumbi Umbi Campus

Lachlan Smith and Brin Valaire – Newcastle Grammar School

Mia Baker and Ocea Curtis – Byron Bay High School

Lucy Darragh and Holly Wishart – Kiama High

Please note; The Schools Allstars Team is yet to be decided.


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.

From here, the athletes will then have a Team Surf and Bonding Session at Melbourne’s great URBNSurf on November 22nd before they gear up for the Australian Junior Surfing Titles.

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