Waves School of surfing has recently just returned from an intensive 6-week coaching trip to the UK and France for the European leg of the WSL as well as Japan where WSS coached the German team at the ISA world surfing championships.
It was an incredibly successful trip with Leon Glatzer, Germanies number 1 seed winning the Newquay Boardmasters event at stop number one. Rachel Presti finished runner up at the same event and continued her form into Lacanue finishing 3rd overall.
After the third and final event in Anglet, the German squad and WSS had a week of intense high-performance training with Martin Waltz, an Olympic trainer who specializes in Olympic winter sports such as skiing. It was a very tough week with 5-6 hours a day on the beach pushing ourselves to complete exhaustion and then still simulating heats, with the main objective to perform under fatigue.
We all then headed off to Japan for the ISA World Surfing championships with goals set to finish in the top ten and of course to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
The team narrowly missed the top 10 and finished 12th overall a huge improvement from last year’s 18th place. Leon Glatzer was one spot and one heat away from qualifying for the Olympics.
WSS is now back in SA working closely with the German Surfing Federation to implement structures and systems for 2020 and to start working on a game plan leading up to the 2020 ISA World Surfing championships, so there are some great opportunities in the pipeline.