Liam Markey and Tom Halloran with Mick Fanning at Surfing Australia’s Casuarina High Performance Centre.
Liam Markey and Tom Halloran with Mick Fanning at Surfing Australia’s Casuarina High Performance Centre. John Gass

World surf champ inspires kids

A GROUP of stoked grommets were lucky enough to surf with two-time world champion Mick Fanning at Casuarina yesterday.

Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre played host to the 16 enthusiastic junior surfers for its first 2011 summer surf camp.

Fanning’s appearance was the highlight.

Will Reynolds, 12, from Bondi, said he learnt “heaps” from the experience.

“It was so good having him here, he was heaps helpful and heaps nice. It was definitely worth coming here,” Will said.

Will said he had learned to open up his arms more to improve his surfing and concentrate on their position when he performs.

Fanning said he liked seeing the kids smiling and enjoying their surfing.

“Surfing Australia put together surf camps and they invite different surfers to come in and just surf with the kids, answer questions and pretty much just hang out,” Fanning said.

He didn’t come into the camp with any plans other than to surf with the kids and have fun.

“I think if I go in there with something they might not get anything out of it, so I just let them ask questions ... and it is cool just surfing with them actually.”

So did any of them out-surf the champ?

“They all did,” Fanning laughed.

“There are some good kids in there, just kids that seem to be so far ahead of the game already. Hopefully they get some good kids coming out of it.”

The Mick Fanning junior surf camp is one of four being held at the High Performance Centre this month, with Bede Durbidge, Stephanie Gilmore and Tom Whitaker part of similar camps.

Head coach Gary Cruickshank said the campers learnt about the pathway to surfing’s world stage and also tips to just help them get more enjoyment out of their surfing.


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