WATCH: See inside the newly refurbished Surfing Australia High Performance Centre

Future Australian World surfing champions and Olympic surf stars are now able to train in an incredible new facility just south of the Gold Coast.

Surfing Australia’s newly expanded High Performance Centre (HPC) at Casuarina officially opened last Friday after undergoing a $7 million expansion.

The multimillion dollar centre will be used as the Olympic Training Facility for surfers ahead of Tokyo 2020, a world class training environment for talented surfers from around the nation, and is also open to recreational surfers via paid camps.


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Get a sneak peek inside the new facility in the video below:

At the officially opening of the facility, 2012 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s World Champion Joel Parkinson shared his thoughts on the new facility.

“I really congratulate everyone on this amazing building. It’s such perfect timing with the building complete, I can’t think of any reason Australia can’t go to Tokyo 2020 and bring home both men’s and women’s gold medals,” he said.

Joel Parkinson at the official opening of Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre. PHOTO: Blainey Woodham – supplied by Surfing Australia.

Surfing Australia Chair and seven-time Women’s World Champion Layne Beachley was also in attendance at the opening, and said it was a historical day for Surfing Australia.

“This new World Class High Performance Centre will future proof the development of Australia’s surfing champions for generations to come and will forever stand as a lasting legacy of our commitment to the local community and all recreational surfers.”

Some of the improvements made to the High Performance Centre during the expansion include:
· Bigger Aerial Surf Skate Training Facility including skate ramps rolling into air bags, half pipe, 2 x Olympic trampolines, 1 x super trampoline, foam pit and climbing walls
· Significantly expanded and improved world class gymnasium
· 100-seat auditorium
· 5 x larger coaching and treatment room facilities
· 11 new accommodation rooms with double beds and ensuite/bathrooms
· New large dining and kitchen area
· Lockers rooms and bathrooms
· Office space that houses the entire Surfing Australia staff
· Underground parking for 18 vehicles

For more information on the newly expanded Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, visit: surfingaustraliahpc.com/

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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