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The final round of the School Surfing Competition was held on Monday 7 June at Goolwa Beach in perfect but cold 3ft offshore conditions.

A morning temperature of 8°C made it hard to put wetsuits on but all competitors were eager to get started. The Open Boys were the first heat in the water up against some of the best surfers in the State, Digby and Zane from Immanuel College. St Michael’s surfers, Tyler Richards (10PC-07) and Jaiden Riley (10PC-08) started off strongly with some good wave scores and progressed through to the next round.

The White Water surfers, Elissa Morgan (7GPC-01), Kennedy Santos (8GPC-03), Stephanie Scholefield (8GPC-02), Maeve Nicholas (7GPC-05), Jessica Burton (7GPC-05) and Chloe Riley (7GPC-01) bravely entered the chilly water for their heats and all did well in the perfect conditions. After three rounds the judges were looking for the girls to push further out the back and start catching unbroken waves and perform some direction change manoeuvres. They all pushed their boundaries and made it further out the back than they had ever been before and excelled in waves bigger than they had previously competed in. There were some high scoring waves throughout the heats, however in the semi-final Jess Burton took off on the wave of the day, a big righthander peeling across Goolwa Beach from way out the back, and achieving a score from the judges in the ‘excellent’ range making it through to the final.

Jess, Chloe and Maeve all competed in the White Water Final finishing 1st, 4th and 5th respectively, rounding off a successful campaign for St Michael’s in the School Surfing Competition and holding the school in good stead for a possible great overall final result.

The U16 boys, Max Wandel (10PC-09) and Oskar Kilpatrick (9BPC-04), surfed the last heat in Round 1 and were lucky to be able to surf the best bank in the competition area with some great right hand waves coming through. They progressed through to Round 2 and both boys surfed some waves scored by the judges in the ‘good’ range with the boys pulling some huge turns and multiple manoeuvres on some long waves, but were unlucky not to make it through to the next round.

Tyler and Jaiden progressed through their heats into a semi-final and earnt a rematch against Immanuel College. Digby from Immanuel stepped up his surfing in the semi pulling some aerial manoeuvres and tight critical turns to knock the St Michaels boys out, however both boys were very happy with their highest place finish in the Open division so far.

Mr Jordan Young, Secondary Co-curricular Coordinator