CREWS from 12 Hunter high schools will try to topple the powerful Narrabeen Sports line-up at the annual Surfest High School Team Challenge on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Narrabeen Sports dominated the girls’ division last year, while their boys’ sides finished second and third behind Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Tumbi Umbi Campus, who are returning to defend their crown.
This year, 38 boys’ and 10 girls’ teams have entered the contest. They will meet at Merewether but a poor surf forecast means the contest could be moved to Nobbys or Stockton.
Teams from Hunter Sports High, Tomaree High, Newcastle High, Whitebridge High, Swansea High, Warners Bay High, San Clemente, Mayfield, St Philip’s Christian College, Waratah, St Pius X, Adamstown, St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton, Belmont Christian College and St Philip’s College, Salamander Bay, will represent the local region.
** North Narrabeen’s Jamie Thomson could be one to watch during the high school competition after his performance at Dixon Park on the weekend.
The 14-year-old, a student at Narrabeen Sports, won the 16-and-under boys’ division of Surfest’s Cadet Cup, edging out Soldiers Point surfer Joel Buxton.
Avoca’s Zac Paterson and Queenslander Ben Duncan were third and fourth respectively.
Thomson was second in the 2017 GromSearch national final and has surfed in the Narrabeen Sports High teams at Surfest the past two years.
“I’m really happy to win here against these guys,” Thomson said on Sunday. “These are some of the best surfers going around. It’s been a great contest and the waves have been excellent.”
Coolum High student Sasha Dalton and North Steyne’s Axel Rose-Curotta were other standouts.
Baker, the national GromSearch champion, won the 16-and-under girls’ division and Rose-Corotta the 14-and-under boys’.
The best of the local contingent, along with Buxton, were New Lambton’s Madison Poole, who was fourth behind Baker, and Mikey Clayton-Brown (Birubi), who was third behind Rose-Curotta.