YOUNG Phillip Island surfer Lannia Fostin is one to watch, with the 15 year-old selected as one of eight groms nationwide to participate in the Hurley Grom Journey.
Lannia travelled to Casuarina Beach in northern New South Wales recently to take part in an intensive training camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.
The Newhaven College student started competition surfing a year ago and has already placed runner-up at this year’s Victorian Junior Surfing Championships, which handed her a spot at the national titles and in the Hurley program.
The Hurley Grom Journey is an experience that’s been created for kids who show promise and potential, but don’t have mainstream support, sponsorship or coaching yet.
Designed in consultation with the Australian Institute of Sport, the High Performance Centre features state of the art education facilities, a surf-specific gymnasium, testing and treatment room, world class coaching, an auditorium and onsite accommodation.
Lannia travelled to Casuarina Beach with her parents Nick and Bianca, and younger brother Ravi.
She said she enjoyed the experience at the High Performance Centre.
“It was really fun but we didn’t have many waves because the surf was pretty flat,” she said.
“We went surfing, skated at the skating facility, did gym work and some stretches, and we had video analysis of our surfing which was great.”
The Fostins are a surfing family who enjoy regular trips to the beach together.
Father Nick said the two kids started surfing from a young age.
“Bianca had a swim school so they learnt to swim really early and we started putting them on surfboards from a pretty young age,” he said.
“We held them off from surfing comps until they had a love for surfing first.
“We bought them their first surfboards when Lannia was about eight and then they started taking it really seriously.”
Lannia’s on an elite pathway