Source: Surfing New Zealand
Back Row – Aiden Comrie(Wahi Beach Surf School), Dylan Wallis (Muriwai Surf School), Boycie Tawhara (NZ Surf Bros Ahipara) Mauro Bender (NZ Surf n Stay) Daniel Kereopa (DK Surf School) Front Row – Kirsty Prior (Salt Water Eco), Tim Molijns (Hot Water Beach Surf School), Brad Nicholas (Mangawhai Surf School), Jasmine Comrie, Stephen Lee (BoardSilly, Westport)
Raglan was the venue last week (8-9 September), for the International Surfing Association (ISA) Level 2 Surf Coaching Course. The course, presented by Surfing New Zealand Coaching Director Lee Ryan, is the next step in a surf coach’s development pathway and is aimed at coaching intermediate to advanced level surfers. Nine of the country’s top surf coaches and surf school owners, from as far afield as Westport in the South Island to Ahipara in the Far North made the journey to Raglan to expand their surf coaching knowledge.
The course was a balance of classroom based theory where the surf coaches were taken through components such as Fitness for Surfing, Body Mechanics and the current Judging Criteria and practical surf coaching exercises where the participants got to critique their fellow surf coaches’ techniques and heat preparation. The waves were perfect throughout the course with 2-3ft waves at Manu Bay on the first day and 3ft waves a Ruapuke on day two. The surfing sessions were captured by local photographer George Santorik and the footage was then analysed back in the classroom by the surf coaches present.