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Surfing Australia's High Performance Program is funded by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to support our best surfers on the world stage.

Australia has always been a dominant surfing nation with our strong talent pool and history of champions. This dominance is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain as more nations and more talent fill the world stage.AIS

Surfing Australia is commited to supporting our surfers, coaches and support staff no matter where they are around the country. 

We are continually strive to improve our High Performance systems, services and human resources to provide Australian surfers with the best opportunity to perform on the world stage.

  • Bec Woods

    Bec  Woods

    Role:

    Coaching Experience:

    Coached by Martin Dunn from a young age. Love the technical aspects of surfing and human movement. I began coaching whilst competing on the World Tour. Head Coach at Surfing Victoria's Play it Safe by the Water's female program 2012 & 2013. Also worked as a Professional Ocean Lifeguard. Worked at various surf school's from beginner, intermediate to advanced. Started working at Surfing Australia's HPC May 2016.

    Background:

    - Competitive surfing for 15 years.

    - Australian U/16 Champion 1999.

    - World Junior Champion in 2002.

    - Professional Junior Series Champion 2002, 2004.

    - World Qualifying Series Champion 2005.

    - Nine years on the elite Professional Women's World Tour 2005 - 2013

    - Best finish 6th Women's World Tour.

    With an understanding of the importance of our bodies and health, injury and recovery I am now studying.

    - Bachelor degree Clinical Sciences majoring Human Structure and Function Osteopathic Studies - 2016

    - Currently studying Masters Degree of Osteopathic Medicine - finish 2018.

    Coaching Tip:

    Dream, believe, create, succeed. Surfing is the best school

  • Josh Fuller

    Josh Fuller

    Role:

    Coaching Experience:

    10 yrs

    Background:

    Surfed competitively in junior and WQS Events, In 2007 shifted career path and started teaching surfing and also opened In2surf Surf School. A few years later I began working with a team building and leadership development company around the same time I began as a coach for Surfing Australia HPC. Currently working still own the surf school and work on the High performance program as a coach and Jetski operator for junior and developed athlete programs

    Coaching Tip:

    Find a fun way to push your learning edge

  • Kate Wilcomes

    Kate Wilcomes

    Role:

    National Coach

    Coaching Experience:

    8 years

    Background:

    Kate competed on the World Championship Tour for 10 years, where she was ranked among the top 16 female surfers. During this time, Kate was the women’s representative for the Association of Surfing Professionals (WSL) and became a stunt woman, starring in the Hollywood movie, Blue Crush. In between her time on tour she managed her own Surf School and worked in Exercise Rehabilitation.

    Immediately after Kate’s retirement, she was a Fuel TV host and accepted the role as Rip Curl ‘Pit Boss’, mentoring and coaching Stephanie Gilmore to her first world title.
    Kate holds a Bachelor of Science (Sports Science) degree, Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology (CHEK) coach certification and a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education.

    In her role as National Coach Kate brings a holistic philosophy that she has gained from her unique set of experiences and knowledge. Her passion for the sport continues and she aims to provide the best opportunities through innovation and support to the next generation of surfers as they embark on their own journey.

  • Jay Thompson

    Jay Thompson

    Role:

    Coaching Experience:

    8 years

    Background:

    A former Australian Junior champion, and World Tour athlete. Jay Qualified for the World tour in 2010 and spent 3 years on tour. He now focuses his energy on the next generation of aspiring professional athletes .

    Coaching Tip:

    Progression in surfing is a slow process, persistence and repetition will pay off.

  • Clancy Dawson

    Clancy Dawson

    Role:

    High Performance Coach

    Coaching Experience:

    10 years.

    Background:

    Clancy has spent the last two years working full time with Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre (after three years working part-time). Clancy’s main role at the HPC is to develop and run national coaching programs designed to nurture Australia’s most promising young surfers. A recent highlight of Clancy’s coaching career was leading the Australian junior team to a silver medal at the 2016 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.

    Clancy is passionate about providing younger Australian surfers with the tools become the most innovative and dominate surfers on the world stage. He also provides assistance to National Coach Andy King in working with QS and WCT programs.
    Prior to coaching, Clancy spent four years competing on the WQS and was in the top 50 mid-year before sustaining a serious ankle injury and decided to pursue other career options. He is also currently undertaking a 2 year coach development course through the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).