COOLANGATTA September 24th/2015: Rain, hail or shine, Australian surfers will be able to hone their aerial skills at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre’s (HPC) brand new AIS Aerial Surf Skate Training Facility.
The exciting new addition to the centre was officially opened today by new Surfing Australia Chair and 7 x World Champion Layne Beachley, 1978 World Champion Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, Australian Sports Commission (ASC) CEO Simon Hollingsworth, Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark, Hurley National Marketing Manager Michael Talbot, AIS Elite Scholarship athlete and current world no.16 Bede Durbidge and other distinguished guests.
This world leading indoor construction consists of a large split level half pipe and two roll-in elements that lead into matching sections that simulate the shape of a wave to provide the rider with a launch pad to take to the air before landing safely on air bags below.
The new facility will provide elite Australian surfers with the opportunity to practice aerial manoeuvres in a controlled environment by training on a purpose built skate ramp. The project will see coaches and athletes pushing performance boundaries and ultimately defining the future of the sport.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) invested in the project through the new AIS Competitive Innovation Fund (CIF) which was established to encourage innovation in high performance sport, including sport-specific projects and technology initiatives.
AIS Director Matt Favier said Surfing Australia ticked all the boxes when it came to assessing projects for funding under the CIF.
“This project is all about being innovative and thinking outside the square on the best ways to improve the performance of our nation’s premier surfers and keep them among the world’s best,” he said.
“Activating with the opening of the facility, the Skate to Create project will provide elite Australian surfers with the opportunity to practice aerial manoeuvres in a controlled environment by training on a purpose-built skate ramp. The project will see coaches and athletes pushing performance boundaries and ultimately defining the future of the sport. I look forward to seeing the results of the project translate to an even greater performance of our elite surfers,” said Matt Favier.
Today’s announcement also signals Hurley’s extension as naming rights partner to the HPC for a further 3-year term.
Company founder Bob Hurley said a shared vision of progressing the sport of surfing made for a perfect partnership with Surfing Australia and the brand new facility.
"Hurley is a company obsessed with innovation, creating products that help athletes perform better everyday. The HPC shares the same vision bringing the sport of surfing to a new level. We are excited to be working with Surfing Australia on this exciting addition to the facility that will deliver continued results for our team, our products and the surfer who just wants to get that much better."
Surfing Australia's CEO Andrew Stark said: “We are extremely excited to be opening the world’s first surfing specific skate facility that will ensure our Australian surfers have every possible training advantage to excel on the world stage. This is an innovative new training facility that was made possible through the fantastic ongoing support of the AIS. We look forward to taking Australian surfing to new heights with the new training facility.
"We are also thrilled to continue our valued partnership with Hurley as naming rights to the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre for a further 3 years. This is a truly authentic partnership between Hurley and the Surfing Australia HPC with both organisations dedicated to true innovation in surfing. We are thrilled to continue this partnership with Hurley for a further 3 years and look forward to continuing what is a genuinely great partnership that offers outstanding alignment.”
Designed in consultation with the AIS and the ASC, the HPC opened its doors on June 15, 2012. Three years on, the HPC is the benchmark for surf coaching globally.
Surfing is a progressive sport with the judging criteria continually being updated based on the surfers’ ability to push the performance boundaries. With surfers now taking to the air with much greater frequency, it is the aerial manoeuvre that will see the greatest gains in innovation into the future.
For more information about the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, please visit – www.surfingaustraliahpc.com