Scholastic Championships

Image courtesy of Cory / NZ Surfing Magazine

The National Scholastic Surfing Championships are the pinnacle of junior surfing in New Zealand. The annual event is held at a different location each year. Unique to the event is the fact that surfers have to qualify to compete as part of twelve regional teams.  The event is held over five days and crowns an overall team winner plus individual winners in each of the following age groups:

Under 18 Boys and Girls Divisions
Under 16 Boys and Girls Divisions
Under 14 Boys and Girls Divisions
Under 18 Boys and Girls Longboard Division

Regional events are held throughout the country in the lead-up to the national event.  These events are used for selection purposes. Dates for these events vary from region to region.  Check back here or get in touch with your local coordinator, boardriders club or PE Teacher for more

Image courtesy of Cory / NZ Surfing Magazine.

Regional teams comprise up to twelve team members. Teams must comprise a surfer in each division with the remaining places in the team determined by each region’s strengths.

What: The 2023 National Scholastic Surfing Championships
Where: Gisborne
When: 25-29 September 2023
Who: Twelve of the top regional junior teams from around the New Zealand coastline
How: Participants must qualify via regional events/selection and enter the national event regionally

Selection criteria for each region vary so check the selection-criteria-for-regional-scholastic-teams that have been submitted from each region.

There are scholastics coordinators in each of the twelve regions who help run the regional events and select the teams to travel to the finals. Contact details for these coordinators are set out below.

Tony Baker
021 907066

Alan Webb
021 629 964

Jan Shanks
021 626453

Bay of Plenty
Jamie Brock
027 210 1928

Ruchelle Jungwirth
029 2006118

Karyn Willoughby
027 4918096

Craig Williamson
027 6874122

Florian Bub
022 407 8987

Hawkes Bay
Keri Mckenzie
029 1240748

Ilan Fisher
021 455 131

Rachel McCaffrey
021 02376477

Aaron Lock
021 0307231

Kimberley Mossman
027 4515502

West Coast
Julian Young
021 1888528

Craig Higgins
027 333 0153

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