Young guns take on the surf

(From left) Keita Thomas, Fern Teryl-Smith, Katie Oliver and Taria Woodward are tipped as the ones to watch at the Southland Scholastic Surf Championships on Saturday. Photo: Supplied

A SURF Market and Swap Meet will be held as part of the annual Southland Scholastic Surf Competition at Tree’s, Colac Bay, on Saturday.

Hosted by The Southland Boardriders Association, the competition was an annual event for school-aged children.

For the first time, this year it would include a swap meet and second-hand surf gear sale.

Anyone wanting to sell any old or new surfboards, wetsuits or other surf products could bring them along to the sale tent at the venue between 8am and 10am on the day.

The sale would start at 10am, giving the public an opportunity to buy or swap gear.

Southland Boys’ High School was the reigning Scholastic champion with Thornbury School a close second last year.

Seasoned observers were picking young female surfers Keita Thomas, Fern Teryl-Smith, Katie Oliver and Taria Woodward as the ones to watch this year.

The Southland Boardriders Association had 140 members aged from 4 to 70-plus.

The club encouraged, promoted and advanced the sport of surfboard riding in Southland.

It also supported and promoted environmental concerns and issues particularly around water quality, the coast environment and had a spirit of co-operation with other groups whose objectives were the same or similar to the club’s.

The next major event on the surf calendar in the south after the Scholastic championships would be the biggest surfing competition of the year, the Colac Bay Classic scheduled for the weekend of March 13 and 14.

  • Lindsay Beer, on behalf of the Southland Boardriders Association