Kelly Slater was forced to scramble to avoid a first round elimination at the Gold Coast Pro yesterday The American, who calls Snapper Rocks his second home, snuck through his heat with a scoring wave in the dying minutes. A more assured day for local favourite Steph Gilmore, who was narrowly denied a perfect 10, finishing with a 9.7 seven to prevail in her heat. The presence of the likes of Gilmore and Slater has ensured a packed beaches around snapper and amongst the crowd. Get this A group of bond uni physio researchers and students. They're inviting fans to partake in an experiment looking at how they match up physically to the pro surfers. Dr James Furness is an assistant professor in Physiotherapy. He's there, involved in it all, James. This is a fabulous idea. Yeah. Good morning. How are you going? Good. Now the programme is called patron's versus pros. What are you looking for? Yeah. So basically anyone from the public can come in and have what we're calling a super health cheque And what that involves is we have some generic health screens. So we're looking at bio impedance, which is we're looking at body composition. So fat mass, muscle mass, we're looking at simple things like blood pressure, but then we're looking at some more surface specific areas. So we're looking at a range of motion at the ankles, which we know surfers need a lot of movement there that the thoracic spine the shoulders. And finally at the hips. And so what we're doing is we provide each person with a template of what their results stack up against. Data from my PhD where I looked at recreational and professional surfers and so we can sort of compare them where they are now compared to some of those more elite surfers or the recreational surfers. Right. So I was going to ask about your research with the pros, but you did that as part of your PhD very cleverly continuing it on. Yeah. So that was done in 2015. So this is sort of just bringing it to life and making it more tangible to the general public, really. And just general recreational surfers Are people keen? Are they taking part? Yeah, we've been packed over the weekend we had Bond University students, physiotherapy students actually getting exposure and experience and we had maybe 60 or so just general public come in and get assessed. So we were flat out over the last two days. That's great. Well, who doesn't want to say that in the fitness stakes, they're comparable to a Steph Gilmore or Kelly Slater? Come on. How fit are these surfers, actually? Are we talking about their elite? Yes, the elite. Let's start with them. Yes. So what I found is that there was a significant difference in fitness in the elite surfers So when we look at fitness, we looked at aerobic fitness, but we also looked at anaerobic power. So that's the ability to sprint pedal for a wave, and they're significantly more powerful than the recreational surface. And then there are also some, areas where they're significantly more flexible. So we found that at the hips and the ankles and the thoracic spine, they had a lot more movement compared to the recreational surface and of any of the punters, come close to these idols yet. Yeah, we have actually had a few people come in and they have been a lot more flexible than the averages that I found. But that's normal. So you will find that there will always be some outliers because the fitness of surfers I'm gathering is very different to other athletes, even athletics or even golf, something like that. Yeah. So surfing requires quite a unique body type that requires unique fitness type. So you think about all upper body fitness as opposed to sort of a runner where it's all happening in the lower body. But then also they need to be flexible, but at the same time, they need to be strong. So so I sort of liken surface to gymnasts OK? ABC Gold and Sunshine Coast 14 minutes past 10. We are talking about a super study being done at the surface event down at Snapper Rocks at the moment, not only action in the surf, but on the sand with bond. Uni physio researchers doing this study were chatting to Dr James Furness, assistant professor in Physio who is taking part and organising it all. James, what sort of technology are you using? Yes, so we have a body scanner here, which basically uses what we call bio impedance technology, so runs a very, very small, safe electrical current through your body and it can determine fat mass and muscle mass quantity. So it gives each participant a profile of their body, a segmental breakdown, upper limbs, lower limbs. And so that's really nice. We've obviously got blood pressure units such as standard, but we're using software such as apps on our phones to measure a range of motion numbers. Yeah. So we're using a bit of technology down here, too. Whereabouts, are you at snapper if someone wants to come and take you up on the offer? Yes, sir. Right in front of the Boost mobile VIP tent, we're just actually just behind that. Okay? And other sessions going for the rest of the surfing event Yeah, the event will be here definitely till Friday. I'm not sure whether the event's going to go past Friday. We've got really good surf at the moment, so I think they're just going to run it every day whilst just looking perfect. James are keen surfer. I definitely am. Yeah. Is it hard to pay attention to your actual job? Well, this is another passion of mine, and surfing have both been my passion. So just being able to bring those two together, it's been great. Oh, you are one clever researcher. Done your PhD in it and now you're back down the beach watching the world's best perform and in inverted commas, working. You're a smart man. James Thank you. Enjoy it. Really appreciate catching up with you. Thank you. No worries. Thanks. Dr James Furness, their assistant professor in physiotherapy. What a great thing to do. Combining both loves and achieving a good result in the interim, I imagine people would be really interested to take part in that. And as he said, they are right down there. You can take part. It's going for the rest of the week, coming up to 17 minutes past 10. ABC Gold and Sunshine Coast, it's happening.
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Title ABC radio interview Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet ABC Media type Radio Duration/Length/Size 6 mins 35 seconds Country/Territory Australia Date 9/05/22 Description Interview on ABC radio regarding WSL activation event Producer/Author Cathy Border URL https://app.mediaportal.com/isentia/#/playnow?u=148816&p=2133178886&key=37108187331142441191912128843225528159 Persons James Furness