Surfing Australia boosts investment in surf research

May 2, 2014 | Surfing
Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre: making champions

Surfing Australia will invest further in equipment development, injury reduction, and performance enhancement.

The governing body for surfing in Australia and Edith Cowan University have extended their partnership for a further three years to continue to develop the sport science research program at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC).

"The sport science research program we run in partnership with ECU at the HPC has provided a level of innovation and surfing specific research never before achieved in our sport anywhere in the world," says Andrew Stark, CEO at Surfing Australia.

"This dedicated surf science program is one we hope will continue to provide Australian athletes with a competitive advantage on the world stage and continue to deliver Aussie world champs for many years to come."

The HPC is the world's first facility dedicated to the development of elite surfers and coaches. The two-level centre of excellence boasts state of the art education facilities, equipment and accommodation.

The facility has attracted some of the brightest minds from around the world, who are conducting their doctorate and postgraduate studies through the HPC under the guidance of Jeremy Sheppard, Sport Science Manager at Surfing Australia.

"Over the last three years this partnership has significantly advanced scientific knowledge and professional best practice in the sport of surfing for extensive benefit in terms of performance as well as safety and health of the athletes," adds Rob Newton, professor at the Edith Cowan University.