P45 Young Surfers Head To Namotu Pools

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The sec­ond Rip Curl Mi­cro Grom­met Series is ex­pected to be big­ger and bet­ter than the last one. This Satur­day our young surfers will head to the Namotu Is­land swim­ming pools.

With a to­tal of 56 surfers tak­ing part in the Un­der-14, U12 and U10 grades, Fiji Surf­ing head coach Ian Portin­gale said, they are look­ing for some good surfs this week­end.

“The last series, the surf was not as big, they were fairly small but this week­end we are ex­pect­ing some good surfs,” Portin­gale said. “We have all the same surfers from the first Grom­met Series and now that the surfers have had a taste of the first event, they will be look­ing to im­prove their plac­ing in this week­end’s event. “The surfers know what they have to im­prove on and what to do, so we are ex­pect­ing a good Grom­met Series.”

At the end of the event, surfers will be cho­sen to join the de­vel­op­ment squad and High Per­for­mance squad but Portin­gale has as­sured that those who do not make the cut will not be for­got­ten. “Those who do not make the de­vel­op­ment and high per­for­mance squad, we will be set­ting them up for on-go­ing train­ing,” he said. “Fiji Surf­ing will be work­ing with coaches and once th­ese ju­nior surfers go back to their clubs, the coaches we have trained will as­sist and de­velop them fur­ther.” The sec­ond Grom­met Series will be the last for the year and Portin­gale said they are happy with the turnout and tal­ents dis­cov­ered at th­ese events. “I am very happy with this year’s events, there are not a lot of Grom­met Series for the ju­nior surfers but this has done won­ders,” Portin­gale said. “We have un­earthed a few tal­ents and we have been for­tu­nate to grow the grass root num­ber in terms of surf­ing and hop­ing that this will grow as we want to main­tain this for next year as well and make it an an­nual event.” The Rip Curl Mi­cro Grom­met Series will start at 9:30am.

Photo: Fiji Surf­ing As­so­ci­a­tion

Young surfers at Nata­dola.

Photo: Fiji Surf­ing As­so­ci­a­tion

Par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the first Rip Curl Mi­cro Grom­met Series.

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