GREAT BRITAIN ANNOUNCES 2016 JUNIOR TEAM TO THE WORLD

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Surfing Great Britain announced today their 2016 Junior Team and the coaching schedule for the honored athletes. An exciting addition to this announcement is that in light of the possible inclusion of Surfing in the Olympics, this also signifies the start of the Team GB development squad leading to Tokyo 2020.

GBR_Team_SeanEvansTeam Great Britain at the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
Photo: ISA/Sean Evans

This outlines the process of team selection for the U16 and U18 (boys and girls) Great Britain Squad for 2016. Including selection for any international competition / representation, which Team GB may attend in 2016. Surfing GB / Team GB will also support home nations federation teams in their selection process.

Selection for the 2016 team has been determined based on the subsequent criteria: Automatic squad selection for those individuals who represented Great Britain at the 2015 ISA World Surfing Games. The top four ranked surfers in the U16 & U18 boys and top three in the U16 & 18 girls divisions based on the standings at the end of the UK Pro Tour 2015 season will be automatically selected where applicable.

U16 & U18 boys and girls who made the final at either the Aquajuice British School Championships or the British National Championships will be selected where applicable.

Injury Wildcard Selection, an injury wildcard/s will be handed out to any U16 & U18 male or female surfer who was selected in the previous seasons squad but missed over 50% of the training due to injury or illness.

Additional Wildcard applications will be accepted up until Monday 14th March 2016 for all divisions. Wildcard applicants will need to submit video footage of no older than three months, accompanied with national / international competition results and a personal statement of no longer than 300 words. This will need to be submitted via email to teamgb@surfinggb.com. Successful wildcard applicant/s will be announced on Wednesday 16th March 2016.

2016 GB Junior Squad in Brief

(Listed randomly)

U16 Boys Squad
Eno James, Kit Innes, Will Masterman, Kamron Matthews, Seth Morris, Barnaby Cox

U16 Girls Squad
Ellie Turner, Kitty Brewer, Mischa Maguire, Rosie O’neill, Amy Dyer, Lilly Mandeville, Jess Knight, *Ffion Hughes (Qualified through her U18 2015 tour ranking)

U18 Boys Squad
Jake Elkington, Liam Murray Strout, Charlie Rio, Arran Strong, George Hudson, Harry DeRoth. Angus Scotney, Hayden Bishop,Ben Tucker, Will Bailey, Noah Biersack, *Max Payne, Storm Wall, *Cieran Hughes, *Logan Nicol

UK_Aaran_Strong_Barrel15_ISA_SeanEvansAaran Strong cruises through a barrel at Oceanside Pier. Photo: ISA/Sean Evans

U18 Girls Squad
Rachel O Brian, Bethan Lewis, Ruby Breadon, *Niamh Mathias (Qualified through her U18 2015 tour ranking)

NB: Surfers with a ‘*’ next to their name are ineligible for selection under the Team GB banner for the 2016 ISA Worlds, Azores as the athlete competed for Wales in an ISA Competition less than 12 months prior. Nevertheless the athletes have been included in the squad for ‘Team GB’ training events and in light of the possible inclusion of Surfing in the Olympics, therefore signifying the start of the Team GB development squad leading to Tokyo 2020.

2016 Squad Selection in Detail

Automatic Selection U16 Boys who were part of the 2015 Travelling team to ISA Worlds in California: Eno James, Kit Innes

U16 Boys UK Pro Tour Rankings
Will Masterman (UK Pro Tour 2nd Ranked)
Kamron Matthews (UK Pro Tour 3rd Ranked)
Storm Wall (UK Pro Tour 4th Ranked)|
*Cieran Hughes (UK Pro Tour 6th Ranked)
Barnaby Cox (UK Pro Tor 8th Ranked)

U16 Boys who made the final at the 2015 British Nationals who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
1) *Logan Nicol (Finished 3rd in the final)

U16 Boys who made the final at the 2015 British School Championships who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
Seth Morris (Finished 4th in the final)

Automatic Selection U18 Boys who were part of the 2015 Travelling team to ISA Worlds in California:
Jake Elkington, Liam Murray Strout, Charlie Rio, Arran Strong, George Hudson

U18 Boys UK Pro Tour Rankings
Harry DeRoth (UK Pro Tour 1st Ranked)
Angus Scotney (UK Pro Tour 2nd Ranked)
Hayden Bishop (UK Pro Tour 9th Ranked)
Ben Tucker (UK Pro Tour 10th Ranked)

U18 Boys who made the final at the 2015 British Nationals who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
Will Bailey (Finished 2nd in the final)

U18 Boys who made the final at the 2015 British School Championships who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
Charlie Rio (Finished 1st in the final)
*Max Payne (Finished 3rd in the final)

U18 Boys Injury Wildcard from the 2015 Season
1) Noah Biersack (Missed 2015 selection programme after serious leg break)

Automatic Selection U16 Girls who were part of the 2015 Travelling team to ISA Worlds in California:
Ellie Turner, Kitty Brewer

U16 Girls UK Pro Tour Rankings
Ruby Breadon (UK Pro Tour 1st Ranked)
Mischa Maguire (UK Pro Tour 2nd Ranked)
Rosie O’neill (UK Pro Tour 3rd Ranked)

U16 Girls who made the final at the 2015 British Nationals who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
Amy Dyer (Finished 4th in the final)

U16 Girls who made the final at the 2015 British School Championships who have not already appeared in the above squad selection
1) Bethan Lewis (Finished 3rd in the final)

U18 Girls UK Pro Tour Rankings
*Niamh Mathias (UK Pro Tour 6th ranked, once Welsh Nationals result of 2nd U18’s 860 points and 1110 points from the Boardmasters result)

*Ffion Hughes (UK Pro Tour 7th ranked, once Welsh Nationals result of 4th U18’s 675 points and 976 points from the Boardmasters result)

Rachel O Brian (UK Pro Tour 8th Ranked after inclusion of Welsh surfer results)

Lilly Mandeville (UK Pro Tour 9th Ranked after inclusion of Welsh surfer results)

Jess Knight (UK Pro Tour 10th Ranked after inclusion of Welsh surfer results)

NB: Surfers with a ‘*’ next to their name are ineligible for selection under the Team GB banner for the 2016 ISA Worlds, Azores as the athlete competed for Wales in an ISA Competition less than 12 months prior. Nevertheless the athletes have been included in the squad for ‘Team GB’ training events and in light of the possible inclusion of Surfing in the Olympics, therefore signifying the start of the Team GB development squad leading to Tokyo 2020.

Primary Squad Event, 2016

British Schools Surfing Championships, April 23rd – 24th will be the primary squad event for the 2016 campaign, Location TBC. All UK based squad members are expected to compete in this ‘Event’ and also attend the compulsory squad meeting at the competition site on the evening of the 23rd April at approximately 5pm, after the final heat has been completed. The location for this meeting will be communicated to you no later than Friday 22nd April.

Squad Training Camp, Moilets 2016

Dates: Monday May 30th 2016 – Saturday June 04th 2016

Location: Moilets, SW France

Moilets, France Training Camp Overview

Surfing GB have teamed up with our friends at ‘Star Surf Camps’ to offer squad members a training camp in the vibrant town of Moliets, the perfect mixture of surfing and living the good life. The powerful beach breaks of SW France offer the squad the perfect chance to train in waves similar to those found at various international competition venues. Located just north of Hossegor, Europe’s surfing capital, Moliets is internationally known for its incredible waves and great summer vibes – the perfect formula for a fantastic and unforgettable training camp.

The Training Camp will be based in Moilets, France, (http://www.starsurfcamps.com/locations/moliets-france/) with the option of travelling around the coastline to source the most suitable surf conditions, giving the coaching staff the chance to judge the surfers adaptability.

The training camp will consist of intensive heat training, video analysis, classroom based coaching sessions, fitness tests, strength and conditioning training, a professional physiotherapist screening, team bonding activities and will act as a chance for the UK based surfers to compete against the internationally based UK surfers.

In addition to the performance related criteria, under the supervision of the Surfing GB management team, the ‘Moilets Training Camp’ will act as a key opportunity to witness how the squad interact, and behave away from parents / carers.

Dates – Monday 30th May 2016 – Saturday 04th June 2016.

All further details about the camp will be communicated to the squad members directly via email.

‘Boot Camp’ Training Weekend 1

July 22nd – 24th Location SW Cornwall.

All further details about the camp will be communicated to the squad members directly via email.

Surfing GB is proud to confirm the 2016 GB Junior management team has been selected in preparation for any international competition / representation, which Team GB may attend in 2016.

Team Manager – Chris Brown

Head Coach – Damon Beveridge

Girls Coach – Caroline Perret

Team Physiotherapist – John Moore

Team Nutritionist – Ashton Tregoning

Team psychologist – Russ Pierre