Surf teens set for Scholastic debut
Two ‘‘groms’’ from the Nelson Boardriders surf club are waxing down for their debut on junior surfing’s biggest stage.
Leaving the mellow surf of Schnapper’s Point, Nelson teens Emma Pegg,17, and 16-year-old Raul Venture have been chosen for the Tasman surf team to represent the region at a national surf competition next week.
Venture will compete in the under 16 category, while Pegg, who only started surfing three years, will compete in the under 18s.
Held at Gisborne from October
‘‘It's a pretty big deal and they can get selected for other further things if they do well and there are some really good surfers amongst that lot.’’
9-13, the Scholastic surf championship is a pinnacle event of New Zealand’s competitive junior surfing calendar.
The competitors’ aim was to catch two good waves within the allowed time.
Coached by Westport’s Alex Casey, the Tasman team of 12 were selected with two nontravelling reserves.
Representing their own schools, the Westport-stacked team draws seven members from Buller High School, three from Greymouth High School, Pegg from Nelson Girls College and Venture from Nelson College.
Short for grommet, groms is a surfing term which refers to a young surfer.
The team has had a training camp in Punakaiki in July and the most recent one was held in Westport.
Casey expected the team to do well, describing the team as a ‘‘brave bunch’’.
‘‘If the waves are big will probably do better,’’ he said.
A top of the south team had not been selected for the nationals for a couple of years.
Nelson Boardriders treasurer and Emma’s mother Trudie Pegg said the trip was a big achievement not only for Tasman but also the Nelson pair who had often travelled to the West Coast to ride the bigger waves that were expected at Gisborne.
‘‘The surf isn’t always here [in Nelson] but in Buller you pretty much have surf there every day they’ve got more choice while places like Delaware Bay are a different kind of surf,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a pretty big deal and they can get selected for other further things if they do well and there are some really good surfers amongst that lot.’’
The team leaves Nelson on Friday.
Led by ‘‘surfaholic’’ Casey, the team will enjoy the scenic route on their way up to Gisborne, stopping a numerous surf spots on their journey north.
The Tasman junior surf team selected to attend the national scholastic event in Gisborne.