Peel surfers gear up for SunSmart School Surfing Titles

Some of the Peel region’s finest young surfers will hit the water to represent their schools in the SunSmart School Surfing Titles in two weeks’ time.

Boys and girls from Mandurah Catholic College, Tranby College, Comet Bay College, John Tonkin College, Halls Head College and Frederick Irwin Anglican School will go head to head in a series of heats as they search for a spot in the finals to be held at Trigg Beach in Perth.

There will be plenty of talent in the water as the six schools go head-to-head, with the likes of up and coming stars like April McPherson, Cooper Bates and Mason Turner looking for a spot in the finals.

The school championships is one of Surfing WA’s largest participation-based events, with the six Peel-based schools part of more than 50 in total to be competing around the state.

More than 500 students will compete in teams of two, lining up in junior and senior divisions, catering for both surfing and bodyboarding.

The champion surfing schools will qualify to compete at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles, where they'll take on the best students and schools from across the country at Culburra Beach, New South Wales in November.

“The SunSmart School Surfing Titles are a great chance for us to engage with students who actively surf and are interested in developing their skills further,” Surfing WA events manger Justin Majeks said. 

“Many schools now incorporate surfing into their curriculum and kids love the opportunity to head to the beach and hit the waves on a school day, so it's really exciting for them too.”

The Peel round of the competition will be held on Tuesday, August 22 after it was postponed from its original date of Tuesday, August 8 due to poor weather conditions. 

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