2015 SunSmart School Surfing Titles
SunSmart Titles one of Surfing WA’s largest participation based events
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 August, 2015 - Trigg Beach - Excitement is building in classrooms and playgrounds across Western Australia, as the SunSmart School Surfing Titles prepares to touchdown on beaches right across the state in the coming weeks.
The SunSmart School Surfing Titles is one of Surfing WA’s largest participation based events of the year, with over 500 secondary students estimated to pull on wetsuits and take part in the five regional and five metropolitan qualifying events which kick off next Monday in Geraldton.
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 and culminates with the State Final at Trigg Beach on Friday, August 21st.
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. They also 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 in the state and the kids love the opportunity to head to the beach and hit the waves on a school day, so it's really exciting for them too."
Each competing school can field a team of two surfers and bodyboarders in junior (Under-15) and senior divisions (Under-18), with the winning teams from each regional and metro qualifying event then meeting at the State Final at Trigg Beach to decide the 2015 WA Champion Surfing School.
For surfers, the Australian School Surfing Association (ASSA) competitions have been running for over 20 years are now recognised divisions 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 on North Stradbroke Island, QLD in November.
Margaret River Senior High School will once again be the team to beat, hungry for a record tenth consecutive Champion School Title. The schools surf-academy boasts a swag of high accomplished surfers including; Under-18 Boys State Champion Jed Mattinson, as well as up and coming talents Bailee Hastie, Mia McCarthy, Josh Cattlin, and Felix Leaver to name a few.
Despite Margaret River's dominance in recent years there are many other schools tipped to do well this year including; Carine SHS, Prendiville Catholic College, CBC Fremantle, Mandurah Catholic College, Geraldton Senior College and John Curtin 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.
For more information on the SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles best sure to check out www.surfingwa.com.au and www.schoolsportwa.com.au
If you missed the action from the last years School Surfing Titles State Final at Trigg Beach, you can watch the highlight package on the Surfing WA Vimeo page at https://vimeo.com/104702882
Regional Qualification Dates:
Mid West: Monday 3rd August - Geraldton.
Peel: Tuesday 4th August - Mandurah.
Bunbury: Wednesday 5th August - Back Beach.
South-West: Thursday 6th August - Margaret River
Great Southern: TBC - Albany
Metropolitan Qualification Dates:
Metro: Monday 10th - Friday 14th August, Trigg Beach.
State Schools Final:
Friday 21st August, Trigg Beach.
The 2015 SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles
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