Well, it’s been a super busy time lately at Waves School Of Surfing with school holidays and long weekends. I have had a few private camps as well as National Junior Team camps which has meant a lot of time on the road.
The madness started the very weekend I got back from honeymoon with a National Junior team camp in Cape Town at the Sport Science institute.
During the Holidays in early April, I headed down to Cape Town to work with some of my regular students:
- Steff and David Burrows
- Jordan Maree
- Tanika Hoffman
- Jordan Alexander
- Rigard Smit
- Jacob Mellish
- Max and Jake Elkington
- Adin Masencamp
We were very fortunate to get some fun surf but what was great is that there was little to no wind and let me tell you that when you’re standing on the beach coaching, no wind is a blessing. I was very impressed with the level of surfing amongst these kids. The majority of them were preparing for the Quiksilver King of the Groms that would take place in Durban over the Easter weekend.
Adin went on to win the u/12 division and placed 4th in the u/14, Steff Burrows placed 5th in the U/14 after scoring an 8 and a 6; unfortunately he caused an interference in the semi finals and failed to advance to the finals. His brother David also finished 5th in the u/12’s but is improving in leaps and bounds.
Jordan Maree was on fine form but was disappointed with his 3rd place finish in the u/14; Jake Elkington made the final convincingly and ended up 3rd in the u/12 division.
The weekend of the 9th and 10th of April I had a weekend camp which was full up and I also enjoyed having some new faces.
- Ben Alheit
- Shaun Clamp
- Charl De Waal
- Sipila Warner
- Dillan Frick
- Mathew Van De Linda
- Dillan Lowenthal
- Ford Van Jaarsveld
This group of kids was not getting their game on for the King of the Groms, except for Ford Van Jaarsveld, however all are very passionate about surfing and love surfing so much that they are determined to learn and improve. They do compete at a provincial level and are members of their school team which drives them to want to learn how to rip and kick butt.
This was by far one of my most successful camps in Cape Town because of the surf the weather and the crew and the friendly help from Monkey Valley Beach Nature resort.
We had the surfing session down the beach from Nord Hook at Dunes, an epic little left, ideal for technical coaching. After a morning session and lunch we were welcomed at Monkey Valley Beach Nature Resort to use their conference facilities. We used the big screen to do video analysis and then headed back down the beach for another session. I find a huge improvement in the kids surfing when they go surfing again after they have done the video analysis. Thanks you so much Monkey Valley Beach Nature Resort for having us.
After the weekend camp I met up with fellow National Junior Team coach, Quintin Jones to do two afternoons training with the Cape Town squad.