(San Clemente, CA) – Riviera Paddlesurf announced their Junior SUP Training Program today at their headquarters in San Clemente, introducing the eight promising local youth paddlers selected to participate in the high performance development program.
The innovative program is based on the idea that accountability, consistency and dedication lead to success and can be taught through the sport of standup paddling. The program incorporates a rigorous training schedule designed to maximize physical fitness and board handling skills with ocean/water safety and environmental awareness taught by a team of experienced coaches and supported by an incredible community of “mentors” that include athletes, paddlers, ocean safety professionals, environmental awareness advocates, parents, local community leaders, teachers and more.
“The ultimate goal of the Junior SUP Training Program is to not only build strong paddlers, but strong kids with strong values,” explains Mike Eisert, head coach of the Junior SUP Training Program. Eisert is an experienced coach who brings a lifetime of watersports experience to the program, including competing at the national and international levels in flatwater sprint Olympic kayak, outrigger and rowing.
“These kids are off-the-chart amazing,” says Eisert. “Every one is a solid athlete with a great personality and none of them have a clue about how good they really could be.”
Every child selected for the program is a local paddler chosen based on his or her attitude, dedication, ability and willingness to learn. Each paddler also agreed to maintain a scholastic standard in addition to the training schedule set forth by Eisert. This inaugural team includes three girls: Alex Higginson, 9, Shae Foudy, 13 and Tyler Jones, 16, and four boys: Conrad Rojas, 10, Nick Scheel, 13, Daniel Russell, 16 and Reese Schwaab, 17.
“We are really excited to be a part of this program and look forward to watching the growth of these young paddlers,” said Mike Muir of Riviera Paddlesurf.
The Junior SUP Training Program is made possible by the generous support of companies dedicated to a healthy ocean lifestyle: Hinano, Kaenon Polarized, Ocean Minded, and Zinka.
The Junior SUP Training Program is actively recruiting paddlers at all ability levels who are looking for opportunity through dedication; For questions or for more information contact Mike Eisert at [email protected].
Riviera Paddlesurf was born from a family’s love of SUP surfing. Established in coastal Southern California 2007 as the leading brand exclusive to creating Stand Up Paddle specific products only, Riviera Paddlesurf is still family owned and operated. We are stoked to produce premier designs utilizing the newest technologies that bring together and inspire people to live adventure filled, healthy lifestyles. We provide the highest quality Stand Up Paddle boards available from Ron House, 404 and our signature line, Riviera. Whether you are a beginner, novice or expert, we have a stand up paddleboard to suit your needs.
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