19-Nov-2012 10:37 p.m.

Takapuna comes alive!

It's not just the elite racers turning heads this season, but the new juniors coming up through the ranks to give social paddlers a run for their money.

At just 12 years old, Junior national champion Oliver Houghton has possibly met his match in friend and training partner Jack Evans, with young Daniel Orams and Will Littlewood chasing hard.

Recognising the potential here, Jeremy Stephenson from Starboard NZ has formed a Starboard Junior Development Squad training session to help them and around 8 other youngsters with some essential skills and coaching.

Coming from an Olympic Tornado racing background, Jeremy is no stranger to the drills and camaraderies of long hours spent on the water with coaches and team-mates, but for the kids, he's happy to focus on making it fun.

"This is a chance for the new junior riders to learn some skills and a deeper understanding of the ocean, but also to enjoy the sport and a bit of friendly competition amongst their peers," says Jeremy.  "We're really looking forward to helping develop a secondary schools SUP programme that can build up to Nationals in 2014."

For now, the juniors competing in the State Beach Series and City Surf Series will have two options at the 2013 Nationals, pencilled for 23-24 February 2013 - they can compete in a shorter junior race or in a 16-and-under division in the longer race.

Results for the State Beach Series can be viewed online at www.beachseries.co.nz

 

 


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