Jules Craft: making Gisborne proud

The Bay of Plenty Junior Surfing Team has conquered the 2012 National Scholastic Surfing Championships, at Fitzroy Beach, New Zealand.


The Bay of Plenty team regained the title they have held for five of the past seven years, by placing eight of their twelve surfers competing in the finals. Auckland secured their best ever team performance with a runner-up spot and the defending champion Gisborne team placed third.

The surf built throughout the day to 1.0m - 1.5m with yet more onshore winds which made conditions challenging but highly surfable over the full tide.

Despite team honours convincingly going to Bay of Plenty, the eight individual titles up for grabs were spread amongst the eight regions competing. Gisborne and Coromandel took two titles each with Northland, Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Canterbury claiming one title each.

Gisborne's Jules Craft surfed to his first ever national level victory in the Under 18 Boys Division amassing an event high 18.0 out of a possible 20 points in the final.

"I am so stoked to have finally won an event" Craft said. "Those two waves ran so far and they allowed me to get in some big turns and plenty of them, I am stoked to be able to finish the event with a win for Gissy".

2012 National Scholastic Surfing Championships:

1. Bay of Plenty, 17948
2. Auckland, 15730
3. Gisborne, 15661
4. Taranaki, 15096
5. Northland, 14253
6. Canterbury, 13066
7. Coromandel, 12900
8. Waikato, 9745