Margaret River dominated at the State Final of the SunSmart WA School Surging Titles held at Trigg Beach on Friday 25th August.

“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 over 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).

“It’s been a great day and the waves have been pretty good for Perth,” said Haslau. “We’d like to thanks our teachers and dedicate our win to Scott Cameron and his family.”…

…Jed Gradisen and Seth Van Haeften kept the momentum rolling for Margaret River Senior High, claiming victory over Christchurch Grammar School’s Jack Salom and Ben Evans in the Junior Boys surfing division.

Scoring a combined total of 23.8 (from a possible 40), Gradisen and Van Heaften were too strong for the boys from Christchurch who posted a combined total of 12.20.

“We’re stoked to compete in another division over at the Aussie Titles,” said Gradisen. “It’s great to be able to surf and compete with one of my best mates whilst representing Margies High.”

Arabelle Gibson and Maddie Cawood from Margaret River Senior High School were too good for Sophie Butcher and Mylee Grant from Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton, winning the Junior Girls surfing final.

The two goofy-footers from Margaret River found the conditions at Trigg to their liking, milking the waves for a combined team total of 26.70 (from a possible 40).

“A big thanks to Mr McTaggart & Miss Read for driving us up here and for always encouraging us to compete,” said Cawood. “I’m stoked to get a spot in the Australian Titles after missing out as an individual, this is a dream come true to now compete in a team with Arabelle.”….

Margaret River’s Ziggy Bullock and Matt Jordi won the Junior Boys bodyboarding division, edging out James Waddell and Nick Verryn from Scotch College.

Margaret River notched up another win in the Junior Girls bodyboard division, with Zali Hewson and Summer Sunderland defeating Presbyterian Ladies College pairing of Bella Ahern and Pippa Atwell…”

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