Soundwaves Australian Junior Surfing Titles
Bombo Beach, Kiama New South Wales
1 - 6 December 2013
Mark Richards Shield battles heat up
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 December, 2013 - Kiama, New South Wales - Bragging rights as to being Australia's number-1 rated School-of-Surf is what the MR Shield is all about. Named after the great Mark Richards, a four-time ASP World Champion and recently recognised as Australia's most influential surfer ever,
The Mark Richards Shield goes to the schools that can team up two surfers across aged divisions under-19 Boys and Girls and under-16 Boys and win at the annual Soundwave Australian Junior Titles.
The MR Shields are prestigious and highly valued at schools across every coastal region in Australia and it's also why surfing is very much a part of the sporting curriculum in many schools.
Just a few of the elite schools to have multiple MR Shields on display in their trophy cabinets over the past two decades include Palm Beach Currumbin, Margaret River Senior High, Newhaven College Phillip Island, Sunshine Beach Secondary High and Barrenjoey High.
Queensland Schools were clearly dominating today, lead by Coolum Secondary High School under-19 Girls Isabella Nichols and Jaleesa Vincent who schooled their opponents from Tasmania as both girls notched up excellent rides, Nichols the stand-out with the days highest scoring ride of a 9.5.
Coolum's win today almost guarantees they will progress to the Semifinals and will likely face off against Victorian school Geelong Christian College which draws many of it's surf fanatical students from the surf rich Surfcoast/Bells Beach region.
The Sunshine Coast schools were also well represented by Sunshine Beach Secondary High in the under-19 Boys. Harry Bryant and Lox Mardiana dominated over Launceston College (TAS) and this was despite Mardiana dropping in on his own team mate late in the heat and almost carrying an interference call.
This pair have won both their heats to date but will face the formidable Margaret River High pair of Jacob Wilcox and Josh Burke in their upcoming Semifinals.
Palm Beach Currumbin High School pair Quinn Bruce and Joe Brooker were also dominant today and they go into the Semifinals of the under 16 Boys as red hot favourites to take an MR Shield back to their school trophy cabinet.
It's still early days in the MR Shield round robin divisions but when these schools next surf, it will be in the serious Semifinals and the chase for an MR Shield national school title will be right on. Today's conditions at Bombo Beach in Kiama were difficult, starting out extremely small and then by early afternoon closing out the beach as a rapidly increasing swell moved in.
It was a much shorter day with School Surfing across all divisions run while individual aged rounds were placed on hold and will resume tomorrow. The increase in swell indicates much better waves for the remainder of the week and tomorrow morning we can expect individual rounds to open the day early.