SBHS takes surf champs honours

Southland Boys' High School pupils (from left) Noah Stratford, Rohan Murray and Brandon Crowther won the 2021 Southland Scholastic Surf Competition at Tihaka Beach, Colac Bay, on Saturday. Photo: Supplied

THE Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS) team of Noah Stratford, Rohan Murray and Brandon Crowther took out the annual Southland Scholastic Surf Competition on Saturday – just pipping James Hargest College in the battle for the title.

It was a repeat of last year’s success for the SBHS team, which headed off Thornbury School last year.

The individual champion surfers of the competition were James Hargest College pupils Katie and Sophie Oliver, who were the junior and senior girls’ champions, while Rohan and Noah, of the victorious SBHS team, were the junior and senior boys’ champions.

Southland Boardriders Association spokesman Boyd Wilson said the championships featured “a great turnout in perfect conditions after a late change of venue from Trees at Colac Bay to Tihaka Beach”.

“An inaugural market and swap meet held in conjunction with the competition attracted good interest and is an innovation the Southland Boardriders Association are keen to grow in the future,

Focus will now turn to the biggest competition of the year, the Colac Bay Classic, scheduled for next weekend.

The first classic was held in 2014 and attracts competitors from throughout the South Island.

The event caters for a range of age groups from under-10s to over-40s (Old Schoolers) and open, plus separate classes for long boards.

A single elimination format is employed for the competition with first and second progressing into the next round.

The Southland Boardriders Association is a club of 140 members aged from 4 to 70-plus-year-olds.

To find out more about the competition or the association, phone Boyd Wilson on 0274 370 83.

  • Lindsay Beer on behalf of the Southland Boardriders Association