SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM ACROSS WA PREPARE TO COMPETE IN SUNSMART SCHOOL SURFING TITLES

Excitement is building in classrooms and playgrounds right across Western Australia, as the SunSmart School Surfing Titles prepares to share the stoke of surfing around the state over the next two weeks.

The SunSmart School Surfing Titles is one of WA’s largest participation based events of the year, with over 500 secondary students set to pull on their wetsuits and take part in five regional and five metropolitan qualifying events which kick off next Monday in Geraldton.

The SunSmart School Surfing Titles offers a unique opportunity for students, both male and female, to surf and bodyboard with their peers in a safe, relaxed and fun environment. They also provide a unique stepping stone for students to reach higher levels of competition.

“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," said Surfing WA Events Manger Justin Majeks. "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."

Over 50 metropolitan and regional high schools are set to compete in the annual event, which encourages participation and culminates with a massive State Final at Trigg Beach on Friday, August 25th. 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.

Margaret River Senior High School will once again be the team to beat in 2017, hungry for a record 12th consecutive Champion School Title. Margaret River's surf-academy boasts a swag of highly accomplished surfers including; Under-18 State Champions Jack Haslau and Emma Cattlin, as well swag of up and coming talent including; Ben Gradisen, Jamaica Selby, Seth Van Haeften and Finn Cox.

Despite Margaret River's dominance over the years, there are many other schools tipped to do well in 2017 including; Newman College, Carine Senior High School, Prendiville Catholic College, Mandurah Catholic College, Geraldton Senior College, and Albany Senior High School, who all have experienced and talented students set to represent their schools.

Surfing WA is excited to again join forces with long-term partner SunSmart, in the delivery of a vital health message to key demographic in Western Australia. SunSmart has been integral to the development of surfing throughout WA for many years through their support of events and initiatives such as this.

For more information on the SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles best sure to check out www.surfingwa.com.au and www.schoolsportwa.com.au

Competitors are encouraged to interact via Instagram: Follow @surfing_wa and use the hashtags #SunSmartSurfing and #NoTxtNoWrecks.

Regional Qualification Dates:
Mid West: Monday 7th August - Geraldton
Peel: Tuesday 8th August - Mandurah
Bunbury: Wednesday 9th August - Back Beach
South-West: Thursday 10th August - Margaret River
Great Southern: Friday 11th August - Albany

Metropolitan Qualification Dates:
Metro: Monday 14th - Friday 18th August, Trigg Beach

State Schools Final:
Friday 25th August, Trigg Beach
 
ABOUT SUNSMART:
We cannot feel ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and yet it is the major cause of skin cancer. Your skin remembers all the UV exposure you get. It all adds up and increases your long-term risk of skin cancer. It’s estimated that if we reduce our lifetime exposure to UV radiation by just 20%, Australia would have about one-third fewer cases of skin cancer. Download the SunSmart app at www.myuv.com.au to check the UV where you are at any time. The UV Index will tell you when the uv radiation is doing you harm. It tells you when to cover up and when you don’t need to bother.


Remember UV3 is the key! At UV3+, cover up. Slip. Slop. Slap. Seek. Slide