Scots Inaugural Surfing Contest was held on Monday 15th April in perfect 4-6 foot waves and sunshine at Maroubra Beach.
Boys from Years 7-12 battled it out over the course of two rounds throughout the morning, with building NE swell testing the skills and courage of the youngest competitors. The standard of surfing was high and many took advantage of the solid sets and massive shore break to showcase a wide range of manoeuvres, including powerful old school carves mixed with new school airs and slides. The highest scores of the morning went to Lewis Kennedy-Hunt and Simon Johnston.
Parents and staff took to the water next and with plenty of experience, it was local Maroubra dad Andy Pitt who eventually took out the parents title, with Greg Johnston a close second. Mr Scardino comfortably took out the staff division. A broken board told the story for one unlucky dad whilst others were just happy to get out amongst it, with the next generation cheering loudly from the shore.
After a BBQ lunch boys took to surfing the shorey on a huge blow-up Havaiana thong and were entertained by a full-scale rescue for some wayward canoes. The action in the water was just as intense as semi-finals got underway for the under 16 division (boys turning 15 or under in 2013). The under 19 and then 16 final was held shortly after, with plenty of waves pushing the placings back and forth for the final 20 minutes.
The final results and boys who will now progress to the Sydney Schools Regional Titles are as follows:
1st Harrison Murdoch
2nd Charlie Smith
3rd Lewis Kennedy-Hunt
4th Oscar Ayto
1st Thomas Hammond
2nd Hugo Deal
3rd Dylan Woods
4th Simon Johnston
1st Andrew Pitt
2nd Greg Johnston
1st Dave Scardino
Special thanks to Southend Boardriders Maroubra who ran a professional competition with the latest in technology and good humour all day. Sponsors were also very generous to us, and Harrison Murdoch was able to take home a surfboard from world junior title holder Jack Freestone thanks to inspired athlete management (i.am) and Ben Johnston. Winner of Under 19’s, Thomas Hammond took home a Jordy Smith Vestal watch, framed Frothers print as well as a bag of goodies. Thanks to Frothers, Havaianas, Carve, STM Bondi, Hard Rock Café, Vestal, Surfing NSW and Dripping Wet Bondi who all ensured noone went home empty handed. Next year’s contest is already in the pipeline so start planning and training now for another great family day of competition and fun, and a chance to add your name to the prestigious Scots Surfing Perpetual Trophy.