$300,000 ramp training up future world-surfing champs
TWEED'S rising star of surfing, Quincy Symonds, was among the first to try out a new $300,000 surf skate training facility in Casuarina.
The new skate ramp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, is designed to help surfers practise aerial manoeuvres.
Former world champion Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew said the facility, opened last week, would help give Australian surfers an edge in international competitions as the sport evolved.
"Maybe we don't have an Australian world champion right now ... but Australians really have dominated the world ranking for many years," he said.
"A facility like this ensures that that domination continues well into the future."
Quincy, seven, had lots of fun trying out the facility.
Two-and-a-half years into her surfing journey, she said the ramp allowed her to try out different techniques.
Her mum, Kim Symonds, said Quincy wanted to go to and train "every day".
"The facility's so amazing and they're supportive of everyone who comes here," she said.
"They encourage people to try new things."
Ms Symonds said Quincy jumped at the opportunity to be involved with the official opening on Thursday.
Seven-time world champion surfer and Surfing Australia chair Layne Beachley, said the surf skate centre would help surfers continue the "relentless pursuit of improvement and excellence".
Ms Beachley said it was crucial for surfing's rising stars to access training like that at Casuarina.