Students shine in West Coast surf competition

Twenty seven students from Elliston, Streaky Bay, Wudinna and Port Lincoln gathered at a beach near Streaky Bay for the 2019 West Coast Schools Surf Competition on May 14.

Students from Streaky Bay Area School, Elliston Area School, Port Lincoln High School and St Joseph's School took part, with two new schools entering for the first time, Wudinna Area School and Kirton Point Primary School.

Competitors saw clean off-shore conditions early with a small swell suitable for surfers of all ages.

Early heats saw patient surfers use the favourable conditions and impress the judges by linking together a series of turns.

Opportunities for high-scoring waves were limited as the tide slowly came in and the wind strength increased from the north.

The junior boys and girls event was held up the beach at a less imposing peak and less affected by the wind.

Jack Tonkin from impressed with a number of quality turns to win the junior boys ahead of Phoenyx Lapsley-Forrest in second and Koby Nicholls in third.

Hope Elliot finished first in the junior girls with Kiana Tonkin in second and Lily Tonkin third.

Elliston student James Jervis, fresh from competing in the state titles and competing in an age group above had some strong performances to win the intermediate boys section, ahead of fellow Elliston students Jacob Newton and Noah Fleming in second and third respectively.

Intermediate/senior girls was won by St Joseph's School student Marli Ryan who impressed with a high wave count and successful scores, Streaky Bay student Fern Elliot finished second.

St Joseph's took out the top two spots in the senior boys section with Taj Edwards in first and Zac Sheppard second with Streaky Bay's Bailey Hawes in third.

In the open boys St Joseph's student Kasper Cummins chose a longer board but maneuvered very well to take out the section, Streaky Bay's Nathan Hill finished second with Ethan Parker from St Joseph's in third.

The event was well supported by major sponsor Lincoln Surf who donated a large number of prizes for each of the competitors.

Streaky Bay Surf and Style and Killa's Streaky Bay also supported the event.

Thanks went everyone who took part and supported the event.