WARRNAMBOOL Surf Lifesaving Club's Brayden Casamento is hoping to make the most of a trip north this summer.
The 19-year-old will base himself at a family friend's in Maroochydore whilst competing for Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club.
Casamento, who is in his second year of studying commerce at Deakin University, said the move had been in the pipeline for a long time.
"I was always wanting to go up once I finished under 19s," he said.
"I wanted to move up there and improve and get some tips from the more experienced guys and to race with them.
"Towards the end of last year before COVID I knew that's what I wanted to do but with COVID and restrictions I thought I would get up there now more just to get away.
"I know the head coach (Jack Hansen) there and trained under him the couple of times I have been up there.
"Then Jamo (Porter) is a fellow Victorian up there and a couple of others are up there already too. They (Alexandra Headland) are also one of the emerging clubs coming up."
The board paddler, who won a silver medal at the national championships in 2019, wants to improve as much as he can during the trip.
"Ideally I'd like to take my board paddling to the next level to be competitive when I push to the next level and push for an Aussies (Australian Championships) final and also improve my ski paddling," he said.
"Aussies (is the goal) if they still go ahead at the end of April. They are already racing up there while we are still locked away down here."
Casamento said coach Steve Kerr encouraged him to head north and helped him train for the move.
The talented paddler is waiting for changes to coronavirus border restrictions before heading north.
"I was hoping to go up in November but if not I will try and get up before Christmas and hope borders are open but if they are not I'll just quarantine," he said.