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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.

  • Andy King

    Andy King

    Role:

    National Coach

    Coaching Experience:

    20 years.

    Background:

    Andy King is a former top 35 WQS surfer and was Head Coach of the Red Bull Surfing Program for seven years working closely with three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning and fellow World Tour competitors Julian Wilson, Adriano de Souza, Michel Bourez and Tiago Pires.

    Brought up in Cronulla, Andy was ranked 27 on the WQS when a career-ending injury in 2004 bought his competitive days to an end. Andy was faced with two options - either let the incident box him in as a victim or pick himself up and give back to the sport that had given him so much. A role as a mentor became available with Red Bull and Andy played a key role in creating a smooth pathway for juniors through the WQS to the ASP World Tour. With four of his surfers qualifying for the elite level of the sport after progressing through his program, Andy spent four years on the World Tour as a mentor and coach before joining Surfing Australia in 2013.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Josh Secomb

    Josh Secomb

    Role:

    Strength and Conditioning Coach

    Coaching Experience:

    5 years.

    Background:

    Josh Secomb is the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC). He has over 5 years of coaching experience specific to surfing athletes ranging from athletes competing in the Pro Junior Series to World Qualifying Series and World Championship Tour surfers in the Elite Athlete Program (funded by Australian Institute of Sport) at the HPC.

    In addition, Josh has worked in the AFL (Brisbane Lions) and with athletes in the NRL. His formal qualifications include a PhD in Sport Science (Strength and Conditioning) at Edith Cowan University in collaboration with Surfing Australia and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) from the University of Newcastle.