ISA World Junior Championships 

Surfing Australia is pleased to announce the 2009 Australian Junior Surf Team. Team Australia will represent Australia at the ISA World Junior Championships in Ecuador this March.

Surfing Australia would like to congratulate 2009’s Team Australia. Leading the Aussie charge in three separate divisions will be:

Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW,) Jordi Watson (Currarong, NSW,) Davey Cathels (Narrabeen, NSW,) and Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay, NSW,) in the Under 18 boys division.

Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW,) Dylan Cummings (Noraville, NSW,) Matt Banting (Port Macquarie, NSW,) and Creed McTaggert (Margaret River, WA,) in the Under 16 boys division

And the Under 18 Girls division will be contested by Paige Haggerston (Coal Point, NSW,) Kirby Wright (Lennox Head, NSW,) Laura Enever (North Narrabeen, NSW,) and Tyler Wright (Lennox Head, NSW.)

24 top class surfers completed a grueling four day selection camp at Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre (HPC) late last week under the guidance of National Coaching Director Martin Dunn and High Performance Coaches Mark Richardson, Grant Hudson and Jenny Boggis. During this camp each athlete’s fitness, competition skills, attitude and previous event results were tested and analyzed allowing point scores to be awarded to each surfer. Based on this point scoring system, the selections were made. Further information on the Team Australia Selection Policy can be found in the Team Australia Selection Policy.

“It was a very tough and close selection camp, with only the smallest of margins separating each surfer” said National Coaching Director Martin Dunn. “We were all very pleased with the attitude and skill displayed by all surfers at the selection camp and we are confident that we have selected a strong, talented team who will do Australia proud at the World Junior Championships.”


NY Surf Film Festival 

After an extremely successful opening year at the famous Tribeca Cinemas, the 2nd Annual New York Surf Film Festival will return in September 2009. The New York Surf Film Festival is an event consisting of three days of screenings from independent short and feature films, cult classics, and world premieres from established and emerging surf filmmakers.

The official Website of the New York Surf Film Festival will bring the festival experience to the surf community through the streaming of short films, current news, photos and box office information.

NYSFF’s Co-Founder Tyler Breuer is looking forward to this years submissions: “Last years submissions were so incredible and creative, I can’t wait to see what submissions come in for this year’s event”.


Children of the Sea

The 7th Annual Keiki O Ke Kai (Children of the Sea) Surf Classic surfing contest is scheduled for Sunday, February 15, 2009 at “S-Turns”, Pohaku Park in Kahana on the upper west side on the island of Maui.

The Hui O Pohaku Park surf club is very proud to put on this annual event for the keiki’s of Maui and Hawaii to perpetuate and keep alive the ancient sport of Hawaiian Kings, the art of He’e Nalu or Wave Sliding. This free event has a very important place in our island community and Hawaiian culture to help the Keiki O Ke Kai, Children of the Sea carry on the tradition of surfing in its purest form.

The totally FREE event is open to keiki from 8 to 17 years of age and is open to the first 100 entries only.

There will be trophies, goody bags and lucky number drawings handed out during the entire 1-day contest.

Breakfast and lunch will also be provided as well as refreshments during the meet.
The drawings will include free surfboards in the girl and boy’s divisions.

Entry forms are available at most local surf shops and may also be downloaded at the Surf Clubs website,