For all you groms out there saying "Barton who?" let me help you out: Barton Lynch was a brainy Aussie who won 17 ASP World Tour events in his career (which spanned many moons) and included a Pipe Masters win.
Surfing Australia announces Barton Lynch as Head Coach of TravelSIM Team Australia for the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games.
Surfing Australia is proud announce Barton Lynch as head coach of the TravelSIM Team Australia group of eight surfers heading to Costa Rica for the 2009 International Surfing Association (ISA) Billabong World Surfing Games.
As a former elite Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) surfer and 1988 ASP World Champion, Lynch is certain to bring his Australian passion and outstanding competitive knowledge to the team.
A brief overview of Barton Lynch's career includes – 1988 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Surfing Champion, 1988 ASP Billabong Pipeline Masters Champion along with 17 ASP World Championship Tour wins. Lynch managed to remain competitive well into his 30s. His consistency and drive kept him near the top of the ratings through to 1995 and at the time with 12 appearances in the top 10, the most of any male surfer. When he won the Rio Surf Pro in Brazil at age 32, he was the oldest surfer to take out an ASP World Tour event.
“Being asked to be Head Coach for Surfing Australia and my country at the ISA World Games is a real compliment and a responsibility I take very seriously.
"I am confident that I can handle the role and get the very best out of the team and I appreciate that Surfing Australia believes the same.
"Over the last seven years I have been active coaching surfers of all levels and have previously been the NSW State Of Origin Coach.
"I have never been to Costa Rica and have only surfed in the World Surfing Games once at Huntington Beach at least 15 years ago so there will be a lot that is new and it is a very exciting opportunity.”
Barton is working closely with Surfing Australia's High Performance Centre at Casuarina on the far northern NSW coast putting together an exciting team ready to travel to Costa Rica early August aiming to defend the title as ISA World Surfing Games Champions.
The ISA World Surfing Games begin on July 31st and run through to August 8th and the eight surfer team of four Open Men, two Open Women and two Open Longboards is to be announced shortly.
Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark commented on the appointment of Lynch saying, "We are thrilled to have such a dynamic and iconic coach as world champ Barton Lynch. Barton is passionate and has a solid history in coaching surfers to great results. He will be a crucial part of our campaign to defend our World Title status.
The ISA World Surfing Games begin on July 31st and run through to August 8th and the team eight surfer team of four Open Men, two Open Women and two open Longboards is to be announced shortly.