Surfing Australia to train at the Surf Ranch for Tokyo 2020

June 15, 2018 | Surfing
Mick Fanning: he has already surfed at the Surf Ranch | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Surfing Australia's National Squad will train for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Surf Ranch, in Lemoore, Northern California.

It will be the first time the World Surf League (WSL) Surf Ranch opens its facility for national surfing teams to support their high-performance training needs heading towards the upcoming Olympics.

Surfing Australia will hold two Olympic Readiness Camps beginning June 16.

"We're committed to find ways to support our Australian athletes to become the world's best surfers and people' and the innovative training environment that Surf Ranch is, allows us to bring our group together to not only work as a team, but to progress individually on skill development and equipment initiatives," notes Kim Crane, National High Performance Director at Surfing Australia.

"This camp wouldn't be possible without the support received from the Australian Institute of Sport and World Surf League, and other partners like the NSW Institute of Sport, to whom we are so grateful."

This is not the first Australian surfers test the artificial surf pool. Matt Wilkinson, Adrian Buchan, Stephanie Gilmore and Nikki Van Dijk have already tasted the man-made wave developed by Kelly Slater.

Now, they will be joined by Connor O'Leary, Wade Carmichael, Sally Fitzgibbons, Owen Wright, Ethan Ewing, and Stuart Kennedy.

"Our National Squad athletes already have really busy travel schedules with international competition, so the fact they're all super excited to get to Surf Ranch is indication of their commitment to be best prepared for not only the WCT event at Surf Ranch in September, but also the Olympics," adds Bede Durbidge Surfing Australia's Elite Performance Manager.

"We believe the performance gains from this camp will be transferable to all competition locations and I can't wait to get there to work with everyone."

The Surf Ranch is a 700-yard, bi-directional artificial wave pool featuring maneuvering and barreling sections. In May, the structure held the inaugural Founders' Cup of Surfing. In September, 2018, the Surf Ranch Pro becomes a WSL Championship Tour stop.