Well as the title says tomorrow I become a surf coach…after years and years of being coached myself, tomorrow marks the day the I become one myself. I’m heading up to Surf Snowdonia to their Wave Garden to assist in coaching the Welsh Junior Surf Squad on the first squad training of the new year.
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and it’s an honour to be given the opportunity to give back to my country and help the next up-coming generation of “groms” (that’s surf talk for kids) to achieve the best they possibly can and hopefully pass on experience and knowledge I’ve gained over years competing and being in their position myself.
Gwen Spurlock and Sam Moore are the head coaches and have a wealth of experience with this and it’s going to be great to work with them and assist them as part of the coaching team this weekend.
I’ve been pretty lucky over the years to have been coached by some very good coaches; Lloyd Cole, Micha Lester and Joel Gray. I hope to take what I’ve liked from each of these coaches and hopefully offer something useful and a great experience for the squad.
I’ve not been up to the Wave Garden before, but it’s been on the “bucket list” since it opened last year, I won’t be surfing it myself as I’m there to coach but I’m looking forward to seeing some of Wales’ best up-coming talent tear apart the world’s finest in land waves. It’s had its criticism but is there really a much better venue to coach technique than a perfect peeling wave that is the same time after time…I can’t think of one, not in the UK at least!
Check out the potential of the wave. Can’t wait to see it in person with our young Welsh talent tearing it apart.