Surfer aims for top from the pool
POTTSVILLE surfer Josh Fuller is training hard to improve his surfing ? at the bottom of a swimming pool.
The 24-year-old, who has been surfing professionally for four years, has set a goal of climbing up the ranks of the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and into the elite World Championship Tour (WCT) within three years.
Later this month Fuller heads to Hawaii where he plans to spend the winter getting in as much surfing as he can in big conditions before tackling the year's final two WQS events.
Fuller is currently ranked 150th in the WQS but hopes a disciplined training regime designed to teach his body to deal with oxygen deprivation for longer periods will see him zoom into the top 16.
He has been given free use of the gym and pool facilities at Casuarina resort, where he has been following an arduous program to extend his breath-holding capacity and teach his body to recover more quickly using less oxygen.
"It is really important to be ready for it when you go over there. The waves have a lot more power and are much bigger than we surf around here so being mentally and physically prepared really helps with your confidence," Fuller said.
"I aim to surf 15 to 20 footers and it's not uncommon to suffer a two-wave hold-down if you wipe out under a big set."
He hopes the extra training will give him the edge in 2005.
"The WQS rating format will change next year so it is important to finish the season as strongly as possible," Fuller said.
"Plus there is an event at Pipeline early next year and I feel it is important to get a head start to the year.
"I usually achieve my best results in Hawaii, so I am hoping to capitalise on what I think is a strong point for me by spending as much time as possible there beforehand," he said.