National Scholastic Surf Comp Summary.
Here's the wrap up of how the Wellington team went last week at the nationals by our Team Manager Paul;
We set off before dawn on Friday October 5 to make our way up to Gisborne for the Scholastic Nationals, we were the first of the team to leave the plan was to get a surf at Tora on the way up, we were in the slow ride so a day earlier than everyone should be enough time!! Upon arriving in Tora we were greeted with 3’ perfect inners… what a start to an epic week!!!
We planned to meet most of the crew in Mahia and stay for a night before heading up to Gisborne, day one in Mahia and for a lot of the team it was their first time up this far on the East Coast, the southern side of the peninsular was really big and onshore, the Northern side was a good 1 metre swell and off shores…decision
made a quick surf on the North side and then to the Mahia pub for Fish and chips and some light entertainment… Nicola and the rusty nails played into the night.
Day two saw a drop in wind and we checked out a few spots on the south side and ended up surfing a spot called tracks.. the groms were all over it, a perfect size and a few different spots for the crew to spread out, later that afternoon we surfed Mahanga which was a super fun east coast beach break and the wind had turned offshore, all the crew had their share of lefts and rights with some hooting going down!!!
So up to Gisborne we went, first stop was the team meeting/welcome where we met up with the other competitors. Rules and event details were explained and team photos taken for the Surfing NZ website.
Next morning saw 3-4’ Makarori and the first heats in the water. All the Wellington boys went into the repercharge apart from Tyler who moved straight into round 2.
The Team put in a great effort over the next few days, only to just miss out on the next round, a couple of people, Jack and Flynn Healy and Tyler Carrington only just missed out by slight margins on getting into the quarter finals. However our lone long boarder, Karson Burns Managed to get into the Semi Finals, a great effort by Karson in the U18 considering he is only 15. In between his heat we managed to score some really good waves, Gisborne at its best!!
The final team placing was 9th a great effort for the team with a lot of people at their first national event.
Our final night we had a meal together and talked about the awesome waves we had had all week, completely surfed out!!! (Well I was anyway) Epic waves had by all and what a great trip for those who hadn’t been to Gisborne before.
The whole team represented Wellington well, they are a really good bunch of kids, helpful and always courteous in and out of the water. Well done boys and a big thank you for being such nice kids!
Some other people to thank for helping out too, KC and Jenn who volunteered to drive the van up and back thanks so much!! Renaldo and Emily thanks for your help feeding the boys and Chris thanks for your help too!!