SunSmart Surfing WA Regional Titles

On Friday the August 13, students from schools around the great southern competed against each other for the annual SunSmart SurfingWA Regional titles.

North Albany SHS competed against 5 schools, including Denmark SHS, Albany SHS, Esperance Anglican Community School, St Joseph’s College and WA College of Agriculture. In typical Albany fashion, the morning was a bit brisk and slightly overcast. However, Huey had smiled upon us with easing 2.5m South-West swell and a clean North West offshore.

Each year the event is getting bigger and better with more participating students and a wider variety of schools creating a fantastic positive vibe down at Nanarup. 

We had a 9 am start to round one which involved the senior boys surfing and junior boy’s bodyboarding. Unfortunately, the senior boys (Connor Pettley-Gray and Jack Day) did not progress into the second round. Facing some tough competitors from Denmark SHS and Albany SHS, Denmark went on to win the division.

We had a stacked round for junior boys bodyboarding with three teams competing in the round, all in different heats. Jesse Owens and Hector Volckerts won their heat and progressed onto the second round. The other boys' Josh Ponsford, Charlie Anning, Brock Herbert and Brock Wilkinson were up against dominant opposition and didn’t progress to the second round.

By the end of round 1, there was a wave of jacket and beanie removals as the sun was out and conditions perfect for the varying abilities, a few larger sets coming through with lulls in-between.

Senior Boys bodyboarding had two teams, Elijah Medling and Jack day (the defending champions) and Hamish Wilkes and Callum Offer. Despite giving it a fantastic effort, Hamish and Callum were both knocked out of the first round. Elijah (scoring a 10!) and Jack (scoring a 9) had a commanding heat, whitewashing their opponents, ASHS. This set the tone for the rest of the day.

Junior girls surfing we had one team, consisting of Keilarni Lloyd and Maggie Smit. Despite what they felt was a pretty miserable effort in the heat, they outcompeted their opponent and progressed to the second round.

 Next was the Semi’s, which we had three teams in. Junior Girls Surfing, Junior Boys bodyboarding and Senior Boys Bodyboarding. However, before the events started it was snags on the BBQ for a bit of a bite to eat. Big thanks to Hamish Wilkes for manning the BBQ and cooking the snags. The BBQ was something new this year and will continue next year.

Big thanks to Ms Sarah Gallimore and Ms Alice Nixon for helping run the event throughout the day, much appreciated.

Into the Semi’s we went, with all three teams successfully beating their opponents in round 1. The trend was set, and all teams then progressed further into the finals!  The conditions were deteriorating with steady offshore winds reducing the wave size. All three finals were in mediocre conditions, testing the competitors. The resilience, perseverance and commitment from all students, and in particular three final teams was commendable. Now it was time to wait for the presentations to announce the winners of each division.

All three teams won their divisions, senior boy’s bodyboarding, junior boy’s bodyboarding and junior girls surfing!! These teams will be going to Trigg in Perth for the state finals on August 27. Congratulations!

Of the 5 divisions entered, we won 5, which is huge! However, although feeling pretty confident, Denmark SHS took champion school… this year. NASHS was second, and hopefully, next year will be different by taking home the champion school trophy!

Mr Ireland
Science Teacher