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SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles 2014
Margaret River Senior High School © Woolacott

 

 

 

SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles 2014

Surfing Western Australia
Trigg Beach, Western Australia 
4 - 22 August, 2014

SunSmart School Surfing Titles help reach higher levels of competition

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 July, 2014 - Excitement is building in classrooms and playgrounds across WA as the 2014 SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles approaches a start. Kicking off regionally next Monday and traveling around the state for two weeks before culminating with the State Final at Trigg Beach on Friday August 22nd.

The SunSmart School Surfing Titles is one of Surfing WA’s largest participation based events of the year, with an estimated 600 plus secondary students set to pull on wetsuits and take part in the five regional and five metropolitan qualifying zones.

Over 100 metropolitan and regional high schools have been invited to compete in the annual event which encourages participation in surfing and bodyboarding in the modern school curriculum.

As surfing continues to grow in popularity, more and more schools are incorporating the sport into their outdoor physical education programs, in turn increasing the demand for interschool surfing competition. 

The SunSmart School Surfing Titles offers a unique opportunity for students, both male and female, to surf and bodyboard with their peers in a safe, relaxed and fun environment. 

Alex McGuffin Photo by Woolacott
Alex McGuffin © Woolacott

 

The SunSmart School Surfing Titles provide a unique stepping stone for students to reach higher levels of competition after having completed learn to surf and advanced surfing courses through Surfing WA and it's thirteen licensed surf schools around the state.

“The School Titles are a great chance for us to engage with kids who actively surf and are interested in developing their skills further," said Surfing WA Events Manger Justin Majeks. "We have a great relationship with many of the coastal high schools and the chance for kids to compete in a surf event during a school day is something they all really enjoy." 

Each competing school can field a team of two surfers and bodyboarders in junior and senior divisions, with the winning teams from each regional and metro qualifying event then meeting at the State Final at Trigg Beach to decide the 2014 WA Champion Surfing School.

For surfers, the Australian School Surfing Association (ASSA) competitions have been running for over 20 years are now a recognised division at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles. This allows students from across the country to represent their schools and their state whilst competing for a prestigious school surfing title at a National Titles in Yallingup in December.

Margaret River Senior High School will once again be the team to beat, hungry for a record ninth consecutive Champion School Title. Boasting teams filled with champion surfers including; ISA U16 World Champion and U18 Boys State Champion Jacob Willcox, U18 Girls State Champion Bailee Hastie, as well as Shaun Manners, Jed Mattinson, and Mia McCarthy to name a few.

Shaun Manners (Margaret River SHS) Photo by Woolacott
Shaun Manners © Woolacott

 

Despite Margaret River's dominance in recent years, other schools tipped to provide stiff competition include Carine SHS, Prendiville College, Denmark SHS, Georgiana Molly and Mandurah Catholic College.

Surfing WA is excited to again join forces with long-term partner SunSmart in the delivery of a vital health message to key youth demographic. SunSmart has been integral to the development of surfing throughout WA for many years through their support of events such as this. 

Regional Qualification Dates:
Mid West, Geraldton: August 4, 2014
Peel, Mandurah: August 5, 2014 
Bunbury: August 6th August, 2014
Great Southern, Denmark: August 8, 2014
South-West, Yallingup: August 8, 2014

Metropolitan Qualification Dates:
Metro,Trigg Beach: August 11 - 15, 2014  

State Schools Final:
Trigg Beach: August 22, 2014

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Justin Majeks
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