11 December 2021, Bali-Indonesia: A 6 am wakeup call got the 22 boy and girl groms up and out of their comfy Mamaka Hotel beds this morning, then it was out to Kuta Beach to go through warm-up stretches and instruction by the Grom Patrol coaches before facing the strong onshore wind surf conditions. Though these wet-season conditions certainly didn’t look appealing, the positive reward was the groms learning how to perform and excel in these challenging conditions with Bali’s best surf coaches guiding them and helping them each step of the way. And looking forward to tomorrow’s competition, they will now be much better prepared to take on the other competitors in a field of some 70 kids age 16 and under.
As with all Grom Patrol Camps, surfing theory and training, video analysis, plus physical training and conditioning by Bali Elite Surf Coaching prepares the groms to be at their best and end up on the winner’s podium on Sunday night after the Comp. Coaches for this Grom Patrol are Dylan Amar, owner of Bali Elite Surf Coaching and coach of the Indonesian National Surf Team, Mega Semadhi of Padang-Padang fame, and Dedi Santoso and Mustofa Jeksen, who not only coach in Bali but also coach the Chinese National Surf Team.
After about two hours of surfing and instruction at the beach, the groms headed back to Mamaka to shower off and have breakfast, then it was into the gym to have a go on all the great conditioning equipment.
Next was up to the rooftop to do some serious stretching with Miss Ai, who took them through a variety of exercises that brought groans from some of the groms. Upon hearing the groans and seeing some of the kids not wanting to do full stretches, Tipi Jabrik assured them that being loose and flexible was one of the most critical things that will increase their level of performance as a surfer and they needed to make it a habit from now on!
After the stretching exercises had worked out their bodies, it was time to go downstairs and expand their minds with new knowledge as they reviewed the morning’s surfing performances with their assigned coach. Surfer by surfer, the coaches displayed the videos and dissected each surfer’s movements on the wave…how their surfboard and body were positioned, their timing for maneuvers, their wave selection and more. They were both congratulated for good waves and shown where to improve where needed.
Lunchtime and a rest period were next on the agenda, followed by another surf session, dinner, more video analysis, and a briefing about the surf competition to remind them about the rules and prepare them for the wave conditions they should expect.
Tomorrow’s Surf Comp at Kuta Beach at Halfways will start at 7 am, as there are lots of competitors and likely will take until 6 pm to finish.
Follow the schedule and the scorew at https://www.liveheats.com/events/6917
There will also be a surfboard demonstration by Chilli Surfboards on the beach, with 25% discount vouchers for any custom order for those looking to get new equipment
You can find more photos from today at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6rjcnmpeywysrs0/AABYhylWc7T6S7FnfcbJXEv8a?dl=0
Thanks again to our generous Grom Patrol sponsor for all their support!
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Tipi Jabrik’s Grom Patrol is thankful for the support of the following:
LiveHeats: @live_heats = Scoring and Ranking System
Bali Belly: @balibelly = Media Coverage
Surfing Indonesia: @surfingindonesia_org = Media Coverage
Liquid Barrel: @liquidbarrel = Federico Vanno, Video and Photo
IndoInc: @ indoinc = Sean Gilhooley, Video
SurfTime Magazine: @surftime_magazine = Media Coverage
Baliwaves.com: @baliwaves = Media Coverage
Pemburu Ombok: @pemburu_ombok = Media Coverage