Tweed trio in Aussie surfing team
THREE Tweed surfers have earned selection in the Australian team to compete at the ISA Games in Peru in May.
Mitch Parkinson, of Tweed Heads, Codie Klein, from Kingscliff, and Rainbow Bay's Brodie Doyle were announced as part of the 12-surfer squad yesterday.
Parkinson will represent the under-16 boys, while Klein and Doyle are both in the under-18 girls' team.
Three teams of four were selected from 24 of Australia's finest junior surfers after a three-day trial held at Surfing Australia's Casuarina High Performance Camp.
National coaching director Martin Dunn and high performance coaches Mark Richardson and former women's ASP world champion Chelsea Hedges kept a close eye on the athletes as they were put through their paces.
Wave point averages, previous competition results, fitness, and overall approach were tested and analysed, allowing point scores to be awarded to each surfer. Selections were made based on this point-scoring system.
Dunn said it was a very tough and close selection camp, with only the smallest of margins separating the surfers.
“The waves were very small for the duration of the camp but the surfers stayed focused and performed to their true potential,” Dunn said.
“Surfing Australia is very pleased with the attitude and skills displayed by the next generation of Australian surfers and are now confident that we have selected a strong team, who will do Australia proud at the World Junior Championships.”
TravelSIM Team Australia will be heading to Peru to compete at the Quiksilver ISA World Surfing Championships from May 21-29.
The team will be fighting to defend its world title after winning five consecutively.