In this day in age of sports specialization, Trilogy Lacrosse chairman and co-founder Robert Lindsey decided to stem the tide. Hence, the first-ever surf and lacrosse camp coming to Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, in August.
Lindsey admits it’s a niche event, but “this is a program my 14-year old self would have just have dreamed of having.”
A standout on Princeton’s 2001 national championship lacrosse team, Lindsey always has one foot in the water. He fondly recalls surfing trips with his cousin, a fine lacrosse player in her own right.
He envisions drawing from intermediate to elite level lacrosse players who have an interest, if not the experience, in jumping on a board in the Atlantic Ocean.
Over five days, the 45 participants—all boys, though Lindsey hopes to create a girls’ version of the camp in the future—will get nine lacrosse lessons from Lindsey’s group and four surfing clinics from Sam Hammer, a professional surfer who owns Hammer Surfer School. “He’s a legend in New Jersey surfing,” says Lindsey.
Lindsey says there are parallels in the sports that might seem like an unlikely pairing otherwise. Both require mental discipline, balance and good sense of timing.
He also sees similarities with the partnering event organizers, in that they provide hand’s-on teaching from elite members of the sports. For instance, Lindsey’s partner and Trilogy co-founder Ryan Boyle will be the first player in Major League Lacrosse history to have his jersey retired later this year.
The chance to expose the middle school and high school athletes to another sport is Lindsey’s motivating factor, even if some of those lacrosse players decide they prefer the water.
“While there is increasing pressure to specialize at younger and younger ages, I think it’s important to do more than one thing,” he says. “I’m really curious to see how the kids work together in the water.”
And while Lindsey isn’t 14 anymore, he’ll be right out there with kids for the surfing. “”I’m going to learn something myself,” he says.