Margaret River takes West Oz school titles

Margaret River Senior High © Surfing WA/Woolacott

SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles

Surfing Western Australia
Trigg Beach Western Australia
23 - 24 August 2013

Margaret River Senior High A Class Above At The SunSmart School Finals

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 August, 2013 : - - It was an epic finish to the SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles presented by Rip Curl, yesterday at Trigg Beach with the State Final wrapping up in summer like conditions following two weeks of qualifying rounds held across six different locations in WA.

A total of 28 regional and metropolitan high schools and 120 competitors made their way to a sunny Trigg Beach to compete in clean, highly contestable waves and battled it out for the prestigious title of 'Champion Surfing School'.

Solid performances were seen all day across all divisions, however it was hard to go past Margaret River Senior High who surfed in six out of the eight finals across junior and senior girls and boys surfing and bodyboarding divisions, taking out five of those finals and ultimately see the star studded team continue their winning ways.

Taking home the champion school trophy for their eighth consecutive year, Margaret River had all bases covered with current U16 ISA World Junior Champion Jacob Willcox and current U21 Pro Junior State Champion Josh Burke taking charge in the Senior Boys Surfing division over Mandurah Catholic College and WA Junior State Team representatives Bailee Hastie and Luciana Burke in the Senior Girls Surfing coming out on top over Newman College.

Shaun Manners and Jed Mattinson proved to be an unstoppable pair throughout the entire two weeks of competition, taking out the Junior Boys Surfing division over Denmark Senior High, with Mia McCarthy and Annabelle Jones taking out a close final against Denmark's Emi Campbell and Ruby Adams.

In bodyboarding Mindarie Senior College's Brandon Rawlings and Gopal Reinoso made the most of the conditions on offer to take out the Senior Boys division over Christchurch Grammar School and Prendiville took out both first and second place in the Senior Girls division with both their teams proving too good for the rest, headed up by Maddi Maris and Jane Shaw.

Junior bodyboarding divisions were taken out by Margaret River Senior High in the boys, with Yanchep District High and Great Southern Grammar in second and third place.  Mandurah Catholic College pipped Margaret River High for the title in the girls.

Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks was wrapped with how the day went. “To see so many kids from right across WA come together at once, representing their school was truly awesome. It's clear that this generation of kids are pushing the sport in the right direction." He said. "Margaret River were always going to be hard to beat, but to see them come out on top up against some stiff opposition from schools right around the state was impressive."

The SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles is Surfing WA's biggest participation based event of the year. Over 50 metropolitan and regional high schools entered over 250 teams with more than 600 students pull on coloured rash vests in an event which has seen the sport of surfing and physical activity promoted to new and existing schools across WA.

As surfing and bodyboarding continues to grow in popularity, more and more high schools are incorporating the sport into their outdoor and physical education programs. In turn, the standard of competition at the SunSmart WA School Titles has increased as more and more students are ditching the traditional school sports of football and netball and have been picking up surfboards and bodyboards and taking part in a truly unique inter-school sporting event.

Attention now turns to a series of training weekend in the coming months to best prepare the WA Junior Surfing Team for the upcoming National Titles in Kiama, NSW in December with 6 remaining 'Allstars' competitors to be named in coming days.

Rip Curl Presents the 2013 SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles Proudly Supported by Be the Influence – Tackling Binge Drinking, Found Boards, Sticky Feet Wax, Healthway, School Sport WA & Surfing WA.

School Titles Final Results
Champion School: Margaret River Senior High
Runner Up School: Mackillop Catholic College
Senior Boys Surfing
Champion School:      Margaret River Senior High (Josh Burke & Jacob Willcox)
Runner Up School:     Mandurah Cathiolic College (Harry McPherson & Tyson Beardmore)
Senior Girls Surfing
Champion School :     Margaret River Senior High (Bailee Hastie & Luicana Burke
Runner Up School:     Newman College (Rosie Mahoney & Laura Cameron)
Junior Boys Surfing
Champion School:      Margaret River Senior High (Jed Mattison & Shaun Manners)
Runner Up School:     Denmark Senior High (Lachy Ross & Austin Taylor)
Junior Girls Surfing
Champion School:      Margaret River Senior High (Mia McCarthy & Annabelle Jones)
Runner Up School:     Denmark Senior High (Emi Campbell & Ruby Adams)

Senior Boys Bodyboarding
Champion School:    Mindarie Senior College (Brandon Rawlings & Gopal Reinoso)
Runner Up School:  Christchurch Grammar School (Will Greenwood & David Barclay)

Senior Girls Bodyboarding
Champion School: Prendiville College (Maddi Maris & Jane Shaw)
Runner Up School:     Prendiville College (Tarnica Golisano & Jorja Murphy)

Junior Boys Bodyboarding
Champion School: Margaret River Senior High (Keelan Radice & Finn Haslau)
Runner Up School:     Yanchep District High (Joel Hicks & Daniel Steel)
Third Place School: Great Southern Grammar (Noah Symmans & Adam Brady)

Junior Girls Bodyboarding
Champion School:     Mandurah Catholic College (Ashton Bates & Jamie Duncanson)
Runner Up School:    Margaret River Senior High (Indi Nikulinski & Claire Deeks)

Source: Surfing WA

Author: Justin Majeks

Tags: Surfing Western Australia, School Titles, SunSmart

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