Paddle 2 Fitness (P2F) is a leading surf ski coaching service for anyone looking to experience a new sport surf ski paddling. We also coach all disciplines within surf life saving including coach / age manager mentorship programs. P2F have assisted a range of athletes and surf clubs to podium finishes at the Coolangatta Gold, becoming national individual / team champions or to simply train more efficiently.

On the 1st July 2017, Paddle 2 Fitness launches a new surf ski coaching podcast, called Surf Ski Coach. The podcast will be a world first with tips on how to become a more effect surf ski paddler, exercises to assist and paddler interviews. Our goal is for you to either listen to the podcast on the way to training or while paddling on the water. Our coach, Julian Norton-Smith has a combined elite athlete and coaching background of over 30 year. We know you will improve from these podcasts and we look forward in hearing about your results. 

P2F run morning squad sessions in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast with a wide range of paddlers attending from semi-elite to developing paddlers. We offer 1-1 weekday sessions on the Gold Coast as well as in Brisbane. We write weekly personalised training programs for athletes and surf / canoe clubs both nationally and internationally.

Started in 2008 by Julian Norton-Smith (former national and world champion), Paddle 2 Fitness continues to grow with new athletes, surf clubs and sporting bodies asking for our professional assistance. Our philosophy is to help athletes better understand all the skills needed to become more efficient athletes. In 2018 we linked with a local physiotherapist to create ‘The Coach & The Physio” You Tube videos where we go through correct technique posture and injury prevention. 

Off the water, our professional CV speaks for its self.  As the former Surf Sports Manager of Kurrawa (2000-2004) and Head Coach of Mermaid Beach Surf Club (2011-2016), Julian was a driving force to elevate the surf clubs from small unknowns to Australian Point Score Champions (Kurrawa) and 2015 Australian Surf Club of the Year (Mermaid Beach). Whilst working as part of a surf club team, Julian was the clear architect in developing best practices through Surf Sports which engaged every area of the surf clubs to set and achieve higher goals. These included creating opportunities across brand awareness, training structures / results, youth development, new sponsors / fundraisers and defined outcomes from committee meetings. Through Julian’s five years at Mermaid Beach, the surf club saw tenfold increases in membership and were awarded more Branch, State and National awards as well as achieving it best ever Surf Sports results than in its entire history.

“In 2015, Mermaid Beach AEME SLSC won ‘Australian Surf Club of the Year’. Half of this award was a direct result of Julian’s attention to detail and his professional, unselfish approach to coaching and his athletes have helped turn our surf club into what it is today” P. Chipman, MBSLSC President

As in most sports, results speak for themselves. P2F have coached some of Australia’s best surf club athletes with many of them going on to win national / international gold medals. To date, P2F has won board, ski, swim and iron national championships as well as successfully coaching KNG Series athletes including Hayley Bateup (2 series), Emma Dick (3 series) Luke Cuff (2 series) and James Lacy (1 series). Our training programs are world class but more importantly our coaching philosophy, principles and the time we spend teaching skill develop with all level of athlete, is what allows us to stand out from the crowd.

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How we can assist you

Individual Athletes

  • Our Introduction Session has helps hundreds of novice and elite paddlers. We believe this session has the best overview of the key paddling principles and will improve any level of paddler by helping them understand a stronger, more efficient paddling technique. Paddlers walk away feeling confident having a greater understanding of the correct way to paddle.

  • Our daily squad sessions have 10-20 paddlers on average. Skill levels range from first timers to semi elite. All sessions are designed around the whole squads ability. No one is ever left behind.

Surf / Kayak Clubs

  • A number of surf clubs around Australia continue to benefit from our weekly training programs. Working with the surf club coaching team, P2F deliver a personalised training program aimed towards athlete goals. These programs include discipline sessions (i.e. ski, board, surf boat, gym and cross training) while working within our coaching philosophies.

  • We provide flexible, packaged coaching sessions to collaboratively work within surf clubs surf sports budgets.

  • We offer coaching clinics where we come to your surf club for several days to assist surf club coaches with technique and race tactics.

  • We also offer a five day school holiday program entitled “Ironman Camps”. This service is available for individual surf clubs or athletes. Sessions are run either mid morning or mid afternoon coving all disciplines with an endurance style event on the last Saturday of the holidays with all athletes who have attended the program competing.

Why choose P2F

  • P2F offers all of our athletes with a friendly, healthy environment to train in. The majority of our athletes have started from a novice level so the whole squad understand, are patient and encouraging when you fall in or fall behind.

  • Our coaching techniques are proven and will improve your paddling technique within weeks. We do regular video sessions which are sent to each athlete for critiquing and evaluation.

  • The squad session locations vary from canal to open water and we rarely do the same session twice.

  • Athletes have access to P2F double skis (surf and ocean skis)

  • You will also be the first to receive any new paddling gear that is coming into the P2F Shop or discount offers from our supporting local businesses.

  • Your first squad session is always free, so come and see what we can do for you.

Surf Clubs who have benefited from P2F

As well as coaching individual athletes, P2F assist surf clubs with training programs and coaching clinics. Since proving these services, we have assisted:

  • Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club Three Day Coaching Clinic – Feb 2018
  • Townsville / Pinic Bay Surf Life Saving Club Three Day Coaching Clinic – July 2017
  • Surf Life Saving Northern Territory Coaching Clinics (Darwin & Gove SLSC) – July / August 2017
  • Semaphore SLSC 2016 / 2017 season (SA, Australia) – programs, coaching clinics and SKYPE coaching

  • Mermaid Beach AEME SLSC (QLD, Australia) (2010 – 2015)- 5 years as Head Coach plus achieving first ever national gold water medals, KNG Series athletes, multiple SLS awards including 2015 Surf Club of the Year

  • Kurrawa SLSC (QLD, Australia) – 5 years as surfs sports manager / ski coach

  • Devonport SLSC (TAS, Australia) – first ever national water medals

  • Coolum SLSC (QLD, Australia) – coaching clinic

  • Forster SLSC (NSW, Australia) – coaching clinic

  • Coffs Harbour (NSW, Australia) – coaching clinic

  • Port Macquarie (NSW, Australia) – coaching clinic

  • International Athletes include

    • Canadian Master National Team athletes (Rescue 2012) – programs and SKYPE coaching

    • Europe athletes (ocean paddlers) – programs and SKYPE coaching

    • New Zealand athletes (ocean paddlers) – programs and SKYPE coaching