Saturday, October 15, 2011

Parents Weekend Brings a Sunny Day

Ross Welcoming the new year's parents.

Josh Cohen staying sharp on the passed ball.
Its nice to see a campus full of adults for a change and the support is overwhelming. Some individual coach/parent meetings are still taking place but while I have some time between meetings and before the BBQ lunch (to be followed by soccer games). It's a nice time to say thanks to everyone who could take the time to come and support their kids and get up to speed on the upcoming season. Thanks.
Be sure and speak up if you missed the meetings and feel out of the loop. If you have not done so please register your athlete for USASA(membership at If your son or daughter is in the Elite, Speed and Style, or Am Crew within the larger team and you have not done so get registered also for USSA/FIS ( Your point man coach will fill you in on your son or daughters individual contest schedule and relevant registration steps.
World Gym.
 Looking forward to the snow more and more. In the meantime here are some more shots from the 1st Annual Sideways Standing Bootcamp at Rye Beach New Hampshire...
Speed is Strength.
Elite Team and Skate Team Coach Ian Kirk Demonstrates the proper Technique

Bowling Team Captain Andrew Tousignant

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

First Annual Sideways Standing Boot Camp Underway!

On the deck at the Dunes Motor Lodge in Rye Beach New Hampshire. Its tough to sit here and see the waves passing me by each minute but the sets have been rolling in since before we arrived yesterday afternoon and my shoulders badly need a break from paddling so its a great time for a trip update.
Straight to the point, here's the score. Aussie Girl Biba Turnbull is a Champ shredette on the water. Nantucket lifeguard Chip Linton is catching more waves than a fishnet and popping dislocated 180's on his deck everytime the wave slows up on him. Is He goofy or is he regular? I don't know! Dan Landy caught at least ten waves this morning...I had no idea our crew was so able on the surfboards. Clearly I should have.
Dan, Mace, PD, JP. Pitching is Pter C, at bat Josh, Chewey,Mav,Finn, OB...
We left school yesterday at 9:15 and drove in hard pouring rain across southern VT and NH. We checked into the Dunes and met up with Travis Moore of SGT who escorted us across the lot to Summer Sessions Surf Shop. Everybody got a board and a wetsuit and we hit it. Kinda cold, 4-5 foot swells, details, details, light rain, a break and everyone back into the water for session two. Chest high waves. Second session glassier than the first and everyone cashing in on hardier rides. We stayed out til well into dusk. If you were in the living room you might have looked outside and called it dark but out on the water the glass was legible. Some of the crew is very new to water and we have a good layering of different abilities so nobody is ever alone out there and all are improving. Safe and sound we had a team dinner at the North Beach Grill and I haven't seen such a tired crew since last fall's powder days in copper.

Noelle and Biba heading, am. The view from the deck.
First kids out of the lot and across the street to the water at this am at 6:30 were Biba and Noelle. Proud coaches squirming into wet suits on the deck. Kid after kid out of their rooms in the near dark and back into the water. A couple took breaks but the session lasted 2.5 hours. We have broken. We have lunched.
We are going back out now before our mid-day KettleBell workout on the beach, (we are going to look pretty cool I know...) for an hour, skating hampton public park or Rye Airfield and hopefully getting into the water again for the late afternoon session to finish the day...bonfire permit for the beach tonight...Standing sideways by the fire.
Ready, Aim,...
Thanks. It is a tough job as we always say but somebody has to do it. Rough Edit for now, squirming back into that suit momentarily.

Fire! JP launching an ollie.