Local surfing team Archysurf are surfing their way to success, with the team heading to Bells Beach this weekend for the Rip Curl Pro Pre-trials.
The team of Jake Bill, Sophie Fletcher, Stephen Noble and coach Luke Archibald come together for regular coaching sessions at beaches across Bass Coast.
LOCAL surfing team Archysurf are carving up the competition at state level, with the team set for the Rip Curl Pro Pre-trials at Bells Beach this weekend.
The team, led by Phillip Island coach Luke Archibald, meet for regular weekly coaching sessions at beaches across Bass Coast.
The Archysurf squad features some of the most talented surfers in the area, with Cape Paterson’s Stephen Noble leading the Victorian Open Men’s Series and Phillip Island’s Sophie Fletcher holding the lead in the Victorian Open Women’s Series.
Joining Archysurf recently is up and coming local grom Jake Bill, who has shown great potential in competitions so far.
Archibald said the team is like an extended surfing family.
“I’m working closely with these guys and it’s a really personalised service that we do,” he said.
“It’s important that the junior side of surfing down here gets a really big push and I feel like that’s what I’m doing with Archysurf.
“It’s about developing local talent, helping them achieve there surfing goals and having a lot of fun along the way.”
Archibald said the team is working hard together towards its goals.
“The Rip Curl Pro Pre-trials are recognition of the hard work we’ve all put in and it’s a good indicator that we’re on the right track,” he said.
“From a coaching perspective, it’s the kid’s choice; if they want to go further we’re there to support them.
“When it’s all said and done, the kids are going to be better surfers.
“In the last two years, Sophie’s gone from competing at a club level to competing at the higher level. It’s a really good opportunity for her to get some experience and hopefully follow in the path of someone like Nikki Van Dijk.”
Archysurf would like to extend its condolences to the Dunlop family for the recent loss of local surfing identity, Andy, who will be missed by the surfing community.