Published on: 24 August 2017

Eight Christ Church surfers are off to compete in the State Final of the WA Schools Titles being held this Friday following recent success in the Metro Zone 4 competition of the WA Schools Surfing Titles held at Trigg Beach. The success includes Christ Church claiming the Champion School Trophy for the third year in succession.

The boys representing Christ Church in the WA State Schools Final are Tom Giudice, Oli Stewart, Jack Salem, Ben Evans, Rory Johnston, Finn Kelly, Harry Cranswick, Kenny Cunningham, Julian Lester and Oscar Brant.

Finalists in the five regional competitions and the four metro zones come together to surf for the WA State Schools Champions Trophy in Senior Surfing, Junior Surfing, Senior Bodyboarding and Junior Bodyboarding.

“Recent conditions at the WA Schools Surfing Titles started off with a couple of hours of offshore winds before it became tricky with a strong nor-wester blowing. The surf remained at a constant three to four feet; well overhead on the bigger sets,” said Mr Simon Hunn, Assistant Head of English.

“We started off with eight teams; four surfing, four bodyboarding; all teams got through to the semi-finals and then six teams got through to the finals. Of the teams who surfed finals: Julian Lester and Oscar Brant were runners up in the Junior Bodyboarding and go through to the State Finals day, Jack Salem and Ben Evans won the Junior Surfing final with the team of Rory Johnston and Finn Kelly coming second, sending both teams through to the State Finals.”

“With our senior teams: in bodyboarding, the team of Harry Cranswick and Kenny Cunningham came second in the final with Mitch Yeo and Sam Rifici finishing third and in the Senior Surfing final Tom Giudice and Oli Stewart finished second to a powerful Hale combination. The sheer weight of numbers in finals saw us named Champion School for the Zone to complete a hat trick of wins in this metro zone and claim a third trophy.”

The WA Schools Surfing Titles commences with a week of regional schools competitions followed by a week of metro competitions. Winners of the two surfing divisions go on to surf in the Australian Schools Surfing Championships being held later this year.