Lucky 13 for school

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Therese Col­man

Mar­garet River Se­nior High School is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter claim­ing a 13th con­sec­u­tive win at the WA School Surfing Ti­tles on Sun­day.

Teams of surfers and body­board­ers from across the State met at Trigg Beach to de­cide who would be crowned cham­pion.

Clean 30cm to 60cm waves pro­vided the best con­di­tions pos­si­ble for surfers and body­board­ers, and Mar­garet River SHS dis­played their tal­ent by plac­ing in six out of eight divi­sion fi­nals.

Ben Gradisen and Finn Cox went up against a team from Hale in the se­nior boys surfing fi­nal, and de­spite tough com­pe­ti­tion from their op­po­nents, a pow­er­ful dis­play of skills saw Gradisen and Cox take vic­tory.

Jed Gradisen and Solomon Pogue-En­glert con­tin­ued their peers’ vic­to­ri­ous mo­men­tum and took out the cham­pion spot in the ju­nior boys surfing divi­sion ahead of run­ner-ups Ge­orge Simp­son and Jahnu Packer, also from Mar­garet River.

The ju­nior girls surfing divi­sion was taken out by Mar­garet River goofy-foot­ers Zali Hew­son and Lili Cox, who took on St Mark’s Chloe Weir and Syk­lar Tothill.

The pair used the small but clean con­di­tions to their ad­van­tage, and later paired up again to be named run­ner-up in the ju­nior girls body­board­ing divi­sion.

Mar­garet River SHS’s Max McGre­gor and Matt Jordi went up against Man­durah Catholic Col- lege in the ju­nior boys body­board­ing divi­sion, and came in run­ner-up cham­pi­ons.

Ara­belle Gib­son and Ja­maica Selby paired up for the se­nior girls body­board­ing, se­cur­ing the run­ner-up plac­ing for Mar­garet River ahead of Ocean Reef Se­nior High School.

Other Capes surfers ex­celled across the event.

Emma Cat­tlin, from Yallingup, and Mad­die Ca­wood, from Grace­town, rep­re­sented the School of Iso­lated and Dis­tance Ed­u­ca­tion. The pair were named cham­pi­ons in the se­nior girls surfing divi­sion and placed equal third in the over­all cham­pi­onships ti­tle along­side Na­gle Catholic Col­lege and Dun­craig SHS.

Man­durah Catholic Col­lege placed sec­ond over­all.

To top off the cham­pi­onship ti­tle, Ben Gradisen was awarded wave of the day for a near-per­fect score of 9.5 from a pos­si­ble 10, and Finn Cox claimed the air of the day award for a clean ex­e­cuted air re­serve dur­ing the se­nior boys fi­nal.

Surfing WA’s events man­ager Justin Ma­jeks praised the win­ning team.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mar­garet River Se­nior High School for an­other out­stand­ing dis­play in 2018,” he said.

Mar­garet River Se­nior High School have se­cured their spot in the Na­tional School Surfing Ti­tles to be held in South Aus­tralia in De­cem­ber.

Pic­ture: Surfing WA

Mar­garet River Se­nior High School cel­e­brate a 13th con­sec­u­tive WA School Surfing Ti­tles win.

Solomon Pogue-En­glert in ac­tion.

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