Surf teens set for Scholas­tic de­but

The Leader (Tasman) - - SPORT - TIM O'CON­NELL

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.’’

Alex Casey

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.

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