Small surf test for student skills

Junior boys' division winner Jimmy Wallace in action at the Impact Surf Challenge last Saturday.
Junior boys' division winner Jimmy Wallace in action at the Impact Surf Challenge last Saturday.

With small and challenging conditions, surfers had to dig deep for little reward at the 17th annual Impact Surf Challenge last Saturday.

The event, sponsored by Impact Surf at Peregian, was held to determine the surfing team to represent Coolum High School at the zone titles on March 9.

The competition had three categories – open boys, open girls and junior boys (under-16) – with the top six surfers from each category making the team.

A full field of competitors battled it out to see who would take the honours.

Thor Carson won the open boys division, while Beau Wallace was the best girl and Jimmy Wallace the best junior surfer.

Organiser Brad Lee said the team, to be complemented by Eli Criaco and Will Myers, would be one of the strongest teams that Coolum had fielded, “cementing Coolum High’s position as having one of the leading surfing programs on the Coast”.

“Thanks has to go to Andy from Impact Surf at Peregian who continues to support junior surfers and local events,” Mr Lee said.

He wished all competitors good luck at the zone titles predicting the surfers would do the school proud.


Open Boys

1st, Thor Carson; 2nd, Adam Parnell; 3rd; Cody Gerkuw; 4th, Michael Cocks.

Open Girls

1st, Beau Wallace; 2nd, Jayde Cordier; 3rd, Tahle Hammond; 4th, Alana MacNamara.

Junior Boys

1st, Jimmy Wallace; 2nd, Jake Vincent; 3rd, Kelly Norris; 4th, Daniel Maudsley.

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