Red Bull Mentawais Trip

In a world first for surfing, a group of pro surfing’s star names and hottest new talent were brought together for this ground-breaking event. What made it so special?

This was the first time ASP World Champions, explosive young talent and current ASP World Title contenders shared cabin space aboard the surf charter ‘Indies Trader IV’ with a group of specialized performance coaches. They brought in sports science equipment and high-level coaching expertise into the surfers realm in this most swell-pounded of regions.

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Never before has such a coming-together of elite athletes, specialized coaching and perfect conditions happened in the surfing world. Surfers were able to monitor their paddle speed, surfing speed and heart-rate during surfing sessions. Blood samples were taken to monitor lactic acid build-up and hydration data. Warm-up and warm-down sessions were introduced to enhance athletic performance. These were just some of the techniques deployed during the trip.

In the hunt for perfect waves, the Indies Trader took surfers on an epic quest around the reefs and beaches of this most exotic of locations. Palm-fringed, white sand islands were the achingly beautiful back for some of the most progressive surfing seen in the world of pro surfing. With machine-like waves reeling across the reefs providing the perfect canvas for high performance surfing, the event allowed for the boundaries to be pushed ever-higher with some very rare and special moments captured on camera and video including: Julian Wilson’s (AUS) signature ‘Sushi Roll’, Jordy Smith’s ‘Rodeo Clown’ and Mick Fanning’s 8-second barrel ride.

Andy Walshe, surf-coaching supremo at Red Bull summed it up by saying: “The basic goal is to provide these surfers with training and techniques to give them the opportunity to be the very best surfer they can be. Whether that’s us putting them in world class waves, whether that’s putting the junior surfers next to the best elite surfers we have, whether that’s us providing some scientific analysis of what they’re doing in the water and how they can improve on that, or if it’s just basic coaching techniques … all of these parts are designed to help the athletes realize their dreams and realize their goals.”

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