Hot Buttered WA School Surfing Titles Finals.

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Margaret River Senior High Surfing & Bodyboarding Team. 2008 State School Surfing Champions. Pic - Woolacott Images

Margaret River Senior High Surfing & Bodyboarding Team. 2008 State School Surfing Champions. Pic - Woolacott Images

Matt Baldock (Margaret River) 2008 Senior Boys Surfing Winner. Pic - Woolacott Images

Matt Baldock (Margaret River) 2008 Senior Boys Surfing Winner. Pic - Woolacott Images

Jethro Hedstrom (Margaret River) Was On Fire During The Senior Boys Surfing Final. Pic - Woolacott Images

Jethro Hedstrom (Margaret River) Was On Fire During The Senior Boys Surfing Final. Pic - Woolacott Images

Creed McTaggart (Margaret River) Victorious In The Junior Boys Surfing Division. Pic - Woolacott Images

Creed McTaggart (Margaret River) Victorious In The Junior Boys Surfing Division. Pic - Woolacott Images

Hot Buttered WA School Surfing Titles 08
Proudly Supported by: Hot Buttered, SunSmart, School Sport WA, Surfing WA
Friday 29th – Saturday 30th August 2008
Trigg Beach Western Australia.




(Tuesday 2nd September 2008) Rain and wintry weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of a record number of teams that braved the conditions at Trigg Beach last week, all of which were vying for the prestigious title of 2008 School Surfing Titles Champion School and some possible bragging rights on the local school bus.

This event has been run for over twenty years and continually seems to go from strength to strength, attracting teams from across the state from as far north as Kalbarri and as far south as Margaret River. After two weeks of intense competition over the last month, with regional and metropolitan qualifying rounds drawing over fifty schools and over two hundred teams all competing for a berth in the state final, the event culminated in what can only be described as a great display of junior surfing.

It is from this competition, that the Australian School Sport Association WA School Surfing Team is selected to compete in the school’s component of the Australian Junior Surfing National Titles to be held later this year in WA for the first time in eight years. With a chance to represent the state up for grabs all competitors were certainly not going to leave the beach without giving their all.

Trigg Beach provided nothing less than testing conditions with a solid three metre swell combined with fresh onshore winds kept all competitors looking towards to horizon in case of the odd clean up set. The big surf did not prove to be a deterrent for school that resides in areas renown for large surf. Students from Margaret River High were quick to assert their dominance in the earlier rounds to signal they were going to be the school to beat in the surfing divisions. While in the bodyboarding divisions it was Mandurah and Perth school’s that put their best foot forward.

Matt Baldock and Jethro Hedstrom led the charge for Margaret River in the senior boys surfing final and while Kalbarri District High’s Codie Carter and Jake Kearney tried their best to stop Margaret River’s amazing form, but little could be done with Baldock’s devastating backhand and Hedstrom’s stylish forehand combining perfectly, with both surfers demolishing the waves on offer to walk away as the 2008 senior boys surfing champions.

In the senior girls surfing final sister act of Laura and Bronte Macaulay from Margaret River were also in fine form defeating Erica Trotter and Jade Barton from Kalbarri District High, to tighten Margaret River’s strangle hold on the event. The sisters combined to pick off the better sets on offer and thrust Margaret River Senior High into first place. Kalbarri was left trying to secure some big scores, but no other waves came through in the final that allowed the girls to display their talent. The Macaulay’s are the next generation of WA female surfers who are doing amazing things, and will surely be set to follow in the footsteps of WA female professionals Claire Bevilaqua and Mel Redman-Carr in the coming years.

Margaret River was again quick off the mark as the siren signalled the commencement of the junior boys surfing final. Creed McTaggart and Shaun Green set the wheels in motion catching the first two waves of the final and never really looked back. Like well oiled machinery the two Margaret River surfers showed Patrick Mazzuccchelli and Josh Armstrong from Fredrick Irwin in Mandurah how it’s done. Margaret River led from start to finish, but Frederick Irwin still showed potential and will be serious contenders at next year’s event guaranteed.

The junior girls final saw a new breed of female competitors come to the forefront. Mikaela Greene and Carly Lynch from MacKillop Catholic College in Busselton proved to be a great team, with both girls surfing well to secure the win ahead of Halls Head Community College in second place. Greene and Lynch who both surf in state round competition used their event savvy to pick off the better waves and build a strong team total which Halls Head couldn’t over come.

Western Australia is the only state to cater for bodyboarding in the School Surfing Titles, and although the bodyboarders don’t get a chance to represent their school at a National Title event, it was encouraging to see a number of the states best junior bodyboarders still representing their school. A record number of participants for this years event reaching epidemic proportions saw four separate division battling it out.

Churchlands Senior High just snuck in front of Halls Head Community College, Woodvale Senior High, and Yanchep District High to take out the junior boys bodyboard final and walk away with a brand new bodyboard from Hot Buttered. While in the junior girls final Margaret River once again proved their strength, defeating John XXIII College, St Stepehens and Mandurah Catholic College in fourth place.

The senior boys bodyboarding final was won by Scotch College, ahead of Hale School, and Woodvale Senior High. The Margaret River dominance continued in the senior girls final defeating Mandurah Catholic College, and Sacred Heart College.

Surfing has become so popular in WA that statistics show that one in four people are currently participating in the sport at a variety of levels. The WA School Surfing Titles are Surfing Western Australia’s biggest participation based surfing event for the year. With more and more schools taking surfing up as part of their curriculum, it is certain that the 2009 event will attaract new schools and even more teams from different areas of the state.

“Everyone involved with the event can not believe the way it keeps growing year by year. The amount of schools competing this year was phenomenal and goes to show that surfing is a new and exciting sport that schools are now investing in. You only need to look at Margaret River and the way the school has developed around surfing, it’s a promising sign for the future of the sport”, said Surfing Western Event Manager Justin Majeks.


FINAL RESULTS:


Junior Girls Surfing: 1. Mackillop Catholic College . 2. Halls Head Community College.


Senior Girls Surfing: 1. Margaret River Senior High. 2. Kalbarri District High.


Junior Boys Surfing: 1. Margaret River Senior High. 2. Frederick Irwin College.


Senior Boys Surfing: 1. Margaret River Senior High. 2. Kalbarri District High


Junior Girls Bodyboarding: 1. Margaret River Senior High. 2. John XXIII College. 3. St Stepehens. 4. Mandurah Catholic College


Senior Girls Bodyboarding: 1. Margaret River Senior High. 2. Mandurah Catholic College. 3. Sacred Heart College. 4. Sacred Heart College.


Junior Boys Bodyboarding: 1. Churchlands Senior High. 2. Halls Head Community College. 3. Woodvale Senior High. 4. Yanchep District High School.


Senior Boys Bodyboarding: 1. Scotch College. 2. Hale School. 3. Woodvale Senior High. 4. Woodvale Senior High.


Champion School: Margaret River Senior High


Hot Buttered WA School Surfing Titles 2008. Proudly Supported by: Hot Buttered, SunSmart, School Sport WA, Surfing WA.

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