SURFING: Duo score a swell ride
SURFING: Two of the Clarence Valley's most promising surf grommets have been given a boost in the waves thanks to a once-in a lifetime course with the Hurley Grom Challenge.
Angourie local Oscar Berry, 13, and 14-year-old Brooms Head surfer Tom Littlechild were chosen by the Angourie Boardriders Club to take part in a four-day training camp for the best emerging surf talent in Queensland and Northern NSW at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.
The training camp, held over four weekends, gave them access to the best training facilities and coaching, and was designed to follow the unsponsored groms' journey as they took on new techniques and skills to be used to progress their surfing into the future.
Having finished the camp, it's safe to say both teenagers were stoked on the techniques they learnt and the opportunity to meet from world champion surfer Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew.
Berry said he was even feeling confident enough to learn the ropes of the competition circuit after the tips he had received at the centre.
"One thing I learnt the most about from the camp was technique, for sure," he said.
"You get to watch yourself surf on the big screen and it helps show you what you've got to do, and then you go on the skate ramp and get to practice aerials and land in a big foam pit which was pretty cool.
"And how to surf a heat; like if you get a 12 point tow you're probably going to win.They're hard to get into, but in the future I want to try and get into some (competitions), I'm keen to try.
"To see yourself surf on the big screen is the best, it was sick."
Littlechild, on the other hand, is less enthusiastic about the idea of competing in the near future, but hasn't ruled out the idea of being a free-surfer.
"The stretching and the skating, it taught me heaps, just stuff that I wouldn't have learnt anywhere else like the stretches and things like that," he said.
"I might not go through to (competitions) but work on how I can improve my surfing after learning from the camp, just better my surfing and make it fun."