Keeping juniors in shape
BILLABONG'S new fitness coach Chris Dunn put the company's emerging surfing stars through their paces during a two-day training program on the Tweed this week.
The stars of tomorrow spent time practising beach yoga, dojo kickboxing, stretching and power training as part of an intense workshop.
All the exercises are intended to give the surfers an advantage in the highly-competitive sport.
"It opened their eyes a bit to how fit, or unfit, they really are," Dunn said.
"Because it's such an individual sport, I think surfing has not really been looked at as a professional sport until now."
Billabong Australia media manager Simon Barratt said Dunn was the first person to take on such a role with the company.
Barratt said it was important the youngsters recognised the importance of keeping both mentally and physically healthy.
"If you are not on top of your game you are not going to make it far," Barratt said.
"A lot of the boys were shocked by the hard work ... it was a new thing for them."
Dunn, 28, who comes from the Gold Coast, has nine years personal training experience and an extensive background in karate.
During the past three years he has played a key role with Gold Coast rookie Bede Durbidge, helping him develop the mental and physical skills needed to handle life on the World Championship Tour.
His role over the coming years will be to develop personalised training programs for each of Billabong's Australian top junior riders and working in all the junior and other surfing events.