Narrabeen Sports High go back to back at the Lifeline High School Surf Challenge
For the second year running Narrabeen Sports High School have won both the Girls and Boys divisions at the Lifeline High School Surf Challenge. Held in peaky three to four foot conditions at Sydney’s South Curl Curl Beach, The Narrabeen Boys team (68.73) dominated the 45 minute final from start to finish with NBSC Freshwater (61.23) finishing second ahead of NBSC Balgowlah Boys (60.70) with Narrabeen’s No.2 team (44.77) finishing fourth.
Ethan Raper (16.50), Jamie Thomson (22.00), Emerson Raper (13.80), Bas Van Buuren (8.10) and Jack Lawson (8.33) got off to a flying start with both Ethan Raper (6.5) and Thomson (7.83) locking in solid Powerwaves (Double Points).
Thomson was the stand out surfer on the day executing big powerful carves on the South Curl Curl right handers, “Really happy to get the win and surf in such a fun event”, Thomson said. “I was lucky enough to find some long rides and all the boys surfed good, stoked that Lifeline run this event for all the High Schools”.
In the Girls Final the lead changed several times in the last five minutes with Narrabeen (31.30) eventually securing victory on the last wave ridden by Scarlett Coulter. Pymble Ladies College (27.53) held the lead late in the decider to then be overtaken by Queenwood (29.73) due to a 2.53 Powerwave by Mary Fenn.
With only a few minutes remaining Queenwood held the lead until Coulter locked in a few small scores as well as receiving one Bonus Point for finishing back on the beach before the 45 minute time limit. The Narrabeen team of Kyla Whitfield (8.97), Gabi Spake (7.83), Bonnie Coulter (7.20), Kiahni Scott (3.97) and Scarlett Coulter (2.33) left it to the last minute to defend the title with less than four points separating the top three teams. NBSC Freshwater (23.57) finished in fourth position with NBSC Mackellar and NBSC Manly being eliminated in the Semi Finals.
“Congratulations to everyone who participated. The Lifeline High Schools Surf Challenge is a team event with looking after your friends at its core – as such it is just so important that EVERYONE be congratulated for having a go and being involved in what is a very important message” says David Thomas, Lifeline Northern Beaches CEO. “Particularly pleasing was the higher number of girls teams in this year’s event.”
The top four teams in both the Girls and Boys divisions will surf-off again at the Sydney Surf Pro in 2020 with the winner of each division receiving an invite to compete in the 2020 Lifeline Classic.
Results - 2019 Lifeline High School Surf Challenge
- 1st – Narrabeen Sports High 68.73
- 2nd - NBSC Freshwater 61.23
- 3rd - NBSC Balgowlah Boys 60.70
- 4th – Narrabeen Sports High 2 44.77
- 5th – NBSC Balgowlah Boys 2
- 6th – Narrabeen Sports High 3
- 7th – NBSC Balgowlah Boys 3
- 8th – Pittwater House
- 9th – Oxford Falls
- 10th – St Aloysius
- 11th – Forest High
- 12th – NBSC Cromer
- 1st – Narrabeen Sports High 31.30
- 2nd – Queenwood 29.73
- 3rd – Pymble Ladies College 27.53
- 4th – NBSC Freshwater 23.57
- 5th – NBSC Mackellar Girls
- 6th – NBSC Manly
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