Surf­ing Taranaki Se­cure High Per­for­mance Cen­tre.

New Zealand Surfing - - Between Sets -

When it comes to board riders clubs the Taranaki re­gion is the envy of all oth­ers; with prime beach front club room fa­cil­i­ties that of­fers a great place for the com­mu­nity to mix and min­gle and get right in be­hind their sport and the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Un­der the Surf­ing Taranaki um­brella sit four main clubs which are lucky enough to have clu­b­rooms oc­cu­py­ing prime Real Es­tate at Waitara, Fitzroy Beach, Oakura Beach and Opunake Beach, all look­ing straight into the line­ups out front. Surf­ing Taranaki are the ones that brought the Women’s World Tour event, the WQS, Pro Ju­nior and Grom comps to NZ, hold­ing these events over five years at the breaks around New Ply­mouth. Re­cently an op­por­tu­nity came forth to se­cure their very own build­ing right on Fitzroy Beach which will launch their lat­est ini­tia­tive, a high-per­for­mance train­ing cen­tre, where tal­ented surfers will be wel­comed to im­merse them­selves into the path­ways to bet­ter their surf­ing. We caught up with Surf­ing Taranaki Pres­i­dent and NZ surf­ing leg­end Ja­son Mathews for a lit­tle back­ground be­hind the con­cept.

Can you give us a lit­tle back­ground be­hind this fa­cil­ity?

All the clubs in our re­gion are very strong and they are all do­ing their bit to sup­port the com­mu­nity with surf lessons and in­tro­duc­ing new par­tic­i­pants into the sport, es­pe­cially young kids. In line with that the path­way goes on into lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions, for those that want to have a taste of what com­pe­ti­tion surf­ing’s like. Then from there Surf­ing Taranaki has seen an op­por­tu­nity for those that are show­ing prom­ise, to pro­vide a step­ping stone and path­ways. Over the last few years we’ve had high per­for­mance coach­ing where we have flown in ex­perts from High Per­for­mance Aus­tralia, sourced fund­ing and of­fered these step­ping stones for these surfers to im­prove their skills. At ST we are very lucky that we have had great sup­port from our lo­cal com­mu­nity and busi­nesses to see the level of ex­po­sure of high qual­ity surfers to our re­gion. So, mov­ing for­ward we saw an op­por­tu­nity to se­cure an old ablu­tion block that was look­ing to be torn down, so we could pro­vide a neu­tral space out from the clu­b­rooms them­selves, and this was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to grab some­thing that was go­ing to be de­mol­ished and for­ever lost and to se­cure it for surf­ing. So af­ter many sub­mis­sions, con­sul­ta­tions and cam­paign­ing coun­cil­lors to vote in our favour. They were well aware of the ini­tia­tives we have launched into our com­mu­nity and along with our vision to of­fer con­tin­ued devel­op­ment of as­pir­ing young com­peti­tors, we se­cured their vote and now have a fa­cil­ity to be­gin work­ing with.

And how will this cen­tre op­er­ate?

We are hop­ing and look­ing into how we can, rather than fly­ing Aus­tralians over here for their ex­per­tise, de­velop the skills here in­ter­nally, where we can have some­one work­ing here to pro­vide the path­ways for these com­pet­i­tive kids. There will be a work­shop room where our coach­ing cour­ses will be run, and we will of­fer the lat­est coach­ing soft­ware tech­nol­ogy, as well as hav­ing show­ers and kitchen, as well as be­ing a place iden­ti­fied ta­lent can work on their surf­ing, and this will be avail­able to surfers from all over the coun­try. We will also be de­vel­op­ing coaches them­selves to fur­ther spread our sup­port net­work. We are right into any­thing that con­trib­utes pos­i­tively to surf­ing and we all live and breathe it and see this con­cept as a pos­i­tive move, and along with what the clubs in the re­gion do, it’s pro­vid­ing a fur­ther op­por­tu­nity.

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