STUDENTS from Margaret River Senior High School dominated at the state final of the Western Australian School Surfing Titles in fun and highly contestable conditions at Trigg Beach last weekend.
The conclusion to a three-week long, state-wide search for WA's best school surfing talent saw surfers and bodyboarders from 26 regional and metropolitan high schools converge on the metropolitan coastline to decide who would be crowned Western Australia's Champion Surfing School for 2017.
The state final brought together more than 120 competitors from as far afield as Geraldton and Esperance, who were greeted to sunny skies and fun waves in the 1-2 feet range.
Margaret River Senior High School once again proved unstoppable, claiming an incredible and record-breaking 12th consecutive Champion School victory by winning six of the eight divisions being contested.
Margaret River Senior High’s Cyrus Cox and Jack Haslau took down Fletcher Llanwarne and Giam Nation from Hale School to win the hotly contested Senior Boys surfing final.
Despite the best efforts of the boys from Hale who posted a combined team total of 22.30 (from a possible 40), it was an exciting and powerful display from Cox and Haslau that saw them take victory, posting a combined total of 33.20 (from a possible 40).
Mandurah Catholic College’s April McPherson and Ruby Allen claimed victory in the Senior Girls surfing division, defeating Pemba Spargo and Holly Minter from Albany Senior High School.
In the closest result of the day, less than one point separated the two schools when the siren sounded, with Mandurah Catholic scoring a combined total of 21.00 (from a possible 40).
“Surfing is such an individual sport, but it’s great to be able to compete with a team mate,” McPherson said .
“We’d like to thank Mr Jenkins for letting us surf for our school and Surfing WA for running such a great event series.”
In bodyboarding results, Mandurah Catholic College’s Matt Hanks and Henry Gibson won the Senior Boy’s bodyboarding division ahead of Cape Naturaliste College. Margaret River’s Arabelle Gibson and Maddie Cawood showed they’re just as handy on their bodyboards as they are on their surfboards, defeating Mandurah Catholic College in the Senior Girl’s bodyboard division.
Thursday and Friday will have a 2.7-metre swell and south-west winds. A large new four-metre plus swell hits on Saturday with southerly winds while Sunday features south-south-east winds and a decent 2.6-metre swell.
Check out Injidup car park on Saturday.