TEEN MAKES IT AS CAP­TAIN

Pere­gian’s Noah Stocca makes his mark on surf­ing

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Tessa Pa­trick Tessa.Pa­trick@sc­news.com.au

AT ONLY 18 years old, Noah Stocca is get­ting ready to lead Aus­tralia to vic­tory.

The Pere­gian teen was re­cently named team cap­tain for the World Ju­nior Surf­ing Cham­pi­onship to be held at Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Cal­i­for­nia later this month.

“I found out last week­end when I was down at the Gold Coast, I had train­ing camp,” he said.

“It was pretty awe­some – in surf­ing it’s a very in­di­vid­ual sport and it’s not of­ten that you go away as a team.

“That’s what makes it dif­fer­ent, and al­most bet­ter, is hav­ing the team there.”

His train­ing has been noth­ing dif­fer­ent from usual in the lead-up to the event and he’s been get­ting in the wa­ter at any chance pos­si­ble.

“I am just do­ing what I would be do­ing in train­ing lead­ing up to an event, fo­cus­ing on surf­ing smaller waves,” he said.

“The waves we’re ex­pect­ing when we get there aren’t go­ing to be any­thing spe­cial, but the con­di­tions are quite sim­i­lar to the Sun­shine Coast.”

De­spite gear­ing up to com­pete against some of the world’s best young tal­ents, Noah has been keep­ing it hum­ble and still en­ter­ing in grass­roots events.

The teen was run­ner-up in the re­cent Ya­roomba Clas­sic, tak­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to get out in the wa­ter.

“It’s very dif­fer­ent to the big events,” he said.

“I kind of go into lo­cal events not to fussed about the re­sults, just to have fun and hang out with other surfers.

“I was just hun­gry to make it through some heats.”

Surf­ing since he was five years old, Noah moved to the Sun­shine Coast from Vic­to­ria three years ago and he has wel­comed warmer wa­ters.

“The change has been good, get­ting out of cold wa­ter, win­ters were quite hard. The warm wa­ter is a nice change,” he said.

“I just love surf­ing be­cause it al­lows me to be in the ocean a lot. I do a lot of div­ing, fish­ing, I spend most of my days in the wa­ter.”

While sim­i­lar­i­ties are of­ten pointed out be­tween surf­ing and sports like skat­ing, Noah be­lieved it was one of the only sports that was so re­liant on some­thing en­tirely out of your con­trol – the ocean.

“It’s one of the only sports that has an ever-chang­ing play­ing field,” he said.

“It can take you months on months to get the five or so sec­tions that al­low you to get that ma­noeu­vre, but when you do it’s a big re­lief and you feel con­fi­dent go­ing into those big events.

“You just do what­ever the waves al­low you.”

Noah grad­u­ated high school last year and has his sights set on mak­ing it to the World Tour in the fu­ture.

His ad­vice for other young groms want­ing to take their surf­ing to the next level? Just get in the wa­ter and give it a go.

You just do what­ever the waves al­low you.

— Noah Stocca

PHOTO: JEFF PERREN

CHAMP: Noah Stocca will cap­tain the Aus­tralians at the World Ti­tles in Hunt­ing­ton Beach later this month.

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