Wellington Regional Scholastic Competition Results 2018
Saturday the 22nd September 2018 saw 16 eager grommets enter the Wellington Regional Scholastics Comp hosted by Wellington Boardriders and held at Mainbeach, Castlepoint in the Wairarapa. The contest would help towards picking a team to take to the New Zealand National Scholastics, taking place from 8-13 October in Gisborne.
Traipsing from across the Wellington Region, the grommets were greeted to lined up, groomed 2-3 foot Mainbeach with the odd 4 footer to keep them on their toes and test their duckdiving skills. While contest organisers set the event site up, the groms went out and tested what was on offer.
Competition got underway around 11 that morning with organisers deciding on a format where all 16 surfers across each age group were to surf in one open division. The rules were simple – 20 minutes to catch at least two waves that would count as their score, round one was a no loser round, with everyone getting to surf another heat.
With the hooter sounding the first heat, the kids were straight into it and shredding. Early on the Healy brothers impressed; Matt Norris – one of the two U-14’s to enter, beat the older boys to progress to the next round, while Jonah Christian and Toby Marks put on consistent performances to advance through to the next round.
The repecharge round was run with Karson Burns, Alex Laurenson, Dallas Maddison Snook, and Euan McLaren all putting on strong performances to advance through to round 2.
Round 2 saw the tide a bit higher, with more opportunities for the grommets to find a shouldery one in the lined-up conditions. Still wave choice was important, and those who waited and picked wisely were given the perfect opportunity to show the judges what they could do on a wave.
The semi-finals saw some of the best surfing of the event – in semi-final 1, Flynn Healy attacked everything, throwing his tail and smacking the lip with abandon. Not to be outdone by his younger brother, Jack Healy threw himself at the lip to stomp some crazy floaters. Fergus Duncan and Alex Laurenson fought hard with consistent surfing, but it was to be the Healy brothers who were first through to the final. Semi-final 2 saw a hotly contested affair between Toby Marks, Euan McLaren, Liam McCardle and Jonah Christian. In the end however, it was Jonah and Liam who triumphed.
With the final four chosen, the competitors were given 25 minutes for the final. By now the groms were tired – a morning spent free surfing and three heats each already under their belt – it would be a closely contested heat where tactics would be important part of winning. Jack Healy sat wide and picked the eyes out of the rights. Liam McCardle and Jonah Christian chose the shouldery lefts and hacked them to bits. Young Flynn Healy went for anything and everything until he saw his brother get one too many rights and went and sat on top of him, cutting into his brother’s wave count and scoring some steep, fast rights of his own. The heat was tight beyond all description as the boys ripped – only 0.37 points separated 1st place from 3rd place – but there could only be one winner in the end with Flynn Healy taking it out, Jack Healy 2nd, Jonah Christian 3rd and Liam McCardle getting 4th.
All in all it was a great day of surfing, with the most uttered remark being ‘it’s great to see Wellington having so many grommets keen to give it a stab”. With the comp over, a team will be shortly announced and Wellington Boardriders will be turning their attention towards raising money to help the team get to Gisborne for the National Scholastics. The Club really believes that sending our grommets to national competitions is great for their development as surfers and as human beings in general. We’re passionate about this, and if you are too, we’d really love for you to donate to the cause so that we can help the team raise the profile of Wellington’s groms at a national level.
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