Teen to captain national team
Peregian’s Noah Stocca makes his mark on surfing
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
CHAMP: Noah Stocca will captain the Australians at the World Titles in Huntington Beach later this month.