Red Bull Rising is a programme designed to boost the profile of emerging surf talents from around the world. Some of the young hopefuls recently arrived in the surfing hotbed of Hawaii.
Last January 19 of the world’s leading junior surfers were invited to the Red Bull WQS Selection Camp held in Australia. After an intensive selection phase only four made the cut into Red Bull Rising, Red Bull’s high performance program. The surfers that made this unique elite athlete surfing development team were Brazilian Wiggolly Dantas, the Hawaiian Gavin Gilette, Clint Kimmins from Australia and Frenchman Tim Boal. The fifth surfer, Michel Bourez from Tahiti was nominated through a wild card due to his outstanding talent.
Each of the 5 athletes will be awarded a one-year scholarship. The performance oriented program, an initiative in its third year now, includes mentoring and coaching by former WQS surfer, Andy King. In addition the program incorporates career management and assistance in planning cutting-edge training methodologies and practices. Travel and accommodation organization as well as the handling for 5 star and above WQS events are also part of the comprehensive scholarship.