Kaitaia College being so close to both the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, means that we have a very active surfing community. Over the years we have had a few good surfers who have managed some excellent results on the waves in and around our coastlines.
Our Coach for many years has been Mr Wayne Harrison, who is an avid surfer himself and has a heap of experience on the waves.
Our teams participate in the annual Secondary School scholastic competitions, with some members moving on to higher achievements.
The Far North put on a show this Thursday for the third and final competition in the Northland Scholastic series for 2019. Each year Northland Surfing Association (NSA) run three competitions around Tai Tokerau in order to choose the team who will represent Northland at the National Scholastics in October.
This year the National Scholastics will be held in Whāingaroa (Raglan), which is a world renowned left-hand point break, so of course NSA were excited to be given the go ahead to run the deciding competition at Northland’s very own pumping left-hand point break.
Blue skies and clean two foot peelers had the U14 and U16 girls hitting the waves first in Te Kohanga (Shipwreck Bay). After this the tide had dropped enough for the competition venue to move further around the rocks to Muke 1. There was a bit of cross-shore wind, but the swell held with good, consistent two foot waves and some solid three foot sets bowling through. The competitors made the most of the fun conditions through to the low tide and by the afternoon there had been a clear increase in the swell. There were some impressive sets coming through which were taken advantage of well by the region's top surfers in the finals at the end of the day. The U18 Boys’ final was a highlight as the very last heat to be surfed getting the best waves of the day.
With 44 entrants from across the region, it was a great turn out. NSA would like to thank Te Rarawa, Takiwā and Ahipara Boardriders Club for the local support.
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, there were a lot of very stoked and surfed out kids who really appreciated the opportunity to compete at such a magic spot..
RESULTS: Under 18 Girls’ - 1st Laura Lamouric; 2nd Brydie Harrison Under 14 Boys’ - 3rd Karn Goodfrey
NSSSA Surfing Contest Sandy Bay: Event 1
Students Frano Panday, karn Godfrey, Nathan Murray, Taj Broughton, Laura Lamouric and Brydie Harrison, with support staff Laura Wilson and Wayne Harrison enjoyed a beautiful day of surifng with two-three foot off-shore waves at Sandy Bay on Thursday, 28th February.
Most surfers progressed from their heats to semi-finals, with Karn Godfrey placing 3rd in the Under 14 Boys', while Laura Lamouric and Brydie Harrison were 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Under 18 Girls'.