British Schools Surfing Championships: groms and more groms in Woolacombe

Schools from all over the country will be gathering in Woolacombe for the Billabong /Hunter/ V.W. British Schools Surfing Championships in association with British Surfing Association (BSA) and Calypso. The contest will take place over two days, starting on Saturday 17th and running through until Sunday the 18th April.

Over 200 children aged between 12 and 18 from 30 schools across the South West, England, Wales and The Channel Islands. There will be both team and individual competitions. The BSA expects to see some impressive action as well as ensuring fun for all.

Categories include Under 18s, Under 16s, Under 14s, Girls, Bodyboarding and Longboarding heats and many of the teams include the Britain’s top Junior and Grom talent. School teams are made up of fours and must contain at least one bodyboard rider or one girl and one surfer.

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O'Neill Cold Water Classic in Tasmania: ice freezing waves

The northwest corner of Tasmania put on quite a show for this third day of competition at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Tasmania as the top seeds took to the water.

Starting at 8.30am and finishing at 6pm, this was a day of two to three meter waves, offshore winds, and as the morning fog cleared, even clear blue skies and sunshine. These were not typical Cold Water Classic conditions as the competition ploughed through the round of 96 and into the first four heats of the round of 48.

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Jared Neal: mini surfboard fan

It wasn’t just longboarders making waves at the Hyundai Malfunction Surf Festival today, with SUP and retro riders ruling on day two of competition at Kingscliff.

In building 3-4ft conditions, competitors tore into the clean waves on offer, carving up across the Shawline Plumbing Retro, Twin Towns Panel Repairs over 40’s and Greenline Stand Up Paddle (SUP) surfing divisions.

Coffs Harbour ace Jared Neal, 26, showed he couldn’t just ride longboards, ripping it up on a board of a bygone era (pre 1981) to accrue the highest combined heat total (16.00 - out of a possible 20), which included a strong 8.5 and a backup of 7.5, in Round 1 of the talent-packed retro division.

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