Work begins this week on a $6 million expansion at the Surfing – Australia performance surf training centre in Casuarina, with dignitaries making their ambitions clear at yesterday’s launch. Former Women’s World Champion surfer Layne Beachley said there was enough depth in talent to suggest Australia could win Men’s and Women’s gold at the Tokyo Games in 2020.
Surfing Australia’s multi million dollar high performance centre has been nicknamed The Gold Medal Factory ahead of the sports Olympic debut in 2020. The facility is one of the best in the world, with some of the best surfing coaches also involved. It’s up to the athletes to embrace it. Thank’s to the Australian Federal Government and New South Wales State Government grants program to upgrade the Casuarina training centre located on the north coast of New South Wales. The upgrade will include a new surf and skate centre, gymnasium, 100 seat auditorium, accomodation, dining and staff quarters.
World Championship Tour surfer Bede Durbridge from Stradbroke Island in Queensland has also been named to join the Australian high performance surf coaching staff in 2018 as he has recently announced his desire to retire from The Men’s World Surf League Tour next year. Bede will bring a wealth of competitive knowledge to the Australian training centre.