The Welsh Surfing Federation are delighted to announce the appointment of Gwen Spurlock as official WSF Junior Team Coach with Greg Owen appointed as Under 12 skills and development mentor and coach.
Both Gwen and Greg have been working with the WSF during 2015 and their appointment is a natural step for them to take, both offer a wealth of experience and are hugely successful competition surfers.
Gwen will work with current Fitness and Conditioning Coach Sam Moore and Technical and Analytical Coach Pete Bounds.
Further support will be provided from our Elite Performance Advisors, Nathan Phillips, Mark Vaughan and James Jones. Greg will head up the key role of developing the skills and confidence of our very youngest surfers with Nathaniel James providing coaching and safety assistance.
President Huw John said “We have been looking to expand to our current coaching expertise by adding some new faces and fresh ideas to start 2016. Our coaches are very well known to the WSF committee and are highly respected both by us and our top level athletes. We believe the combination of Gwen’s skills coupled with the fantastic work provided by Sam Moore and Pete Bounds on the fitness and analogy side will ensure a greater balance to Welsh Squad / Team coaching and training sessions. Being able to call upon our Elite Performance Advisors adds further weight to our coaching set up.
In turn we believe this refreshed approach will boost performance on the UK and International scene. Equally Greg’s role gives our very youngest surfers a coach with boundless enthusiasm coupled with passion and desire to increase and develop skills. Nathaniel’s assistance will be great for the kids as well as starting him on the educational coaching journey. I wish all our coaches every success.”
Details of our 2016 coaching and training dates will be announced in the near future.
Mr Stuart Bentley – WSF

New Coach Gwen had the following to say
‘ I am super excited and honoured to be given such a great opportunity to coach and develop Welsh Surfing alongside some of the most experienced and talented surfers to come out of Wales. Watching the growth of the juniors over the last few years has been inspiring. I can’t wait to further this progression with the support of the Welsh Surfing Federation.’

Gwen – Pic by Kate Czuczman of Surfsistas