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Magic conditions were on offer for the 2017 Northland Primary School Surfing Champs held at Mangawhai Heads on 1st April 2017. A clean 0.5-1.0m swell with light winds provided the perfect platform for Northland’s top young surfers to show their skills.

Due to the wide age range for competition and skill level, organisers decided to run an Assisted Division, where surfers are assisted into catching waves by their parents. Most of these surfers ranged in age from 5-8 years old.  Those who chose to catch their own waves were divided up into Boys (Years 1-6), Boys (Year 7/8) and Girls (Years 1-8). This year we had over 35 entries from across the north, including Mimiwhangata, Baylys Beach, Sandy Bay, Waipu Cove and Mangawhai Heads.

The waves were pumping all day, and surfers enjoyed perfect conditions to compete in.

Please see below a summary of results from the event.

Official Results:

Girls Assisted
1st – Millie Backhouse (Waipu) 2nd Ruby-Rose Harrington (Waipu) 3rd Indi-Lee Ruddell  (Whangarei) 4th Holly Gray (Sandy Bay)

Boys Assisted1st Benjamin Porter (Waipu)  2nd Brock Johnson (Mangawhai ) 3rd Jordy ((Baylys Beach) 4th Rylee-Jae Whitehead (Mangawhai)

Girls Years 1-81st Trinity Smith (Mangawhai)  2nd Claire McDonald (Mangawhai)  3rd Ruby Judson (Mangawhai)  4th Lexi Emmerson (Mangawhai)

Boys Years 1-61st Kauai Rahui (Ngunguru)  2nd Olly Curran (Whangarei)  3rd Luke Vercoe (Mangawhai)  4th Taj Robinson (Mangawhai)

Boys Year 7-81st Tai Gray (Sandy Bay)  2nd Noah Porter (Waipu) 3rd Tama Kauwhata (Sandy Bay)  4th Ben Moretti (Mimiwhangata)

A huge thanks to the Tony Baker and Jason Ruddell from the Northland Surfing Association for organising the event along with Daniel and Emma Harrington from Learn 2 Surf Waipu Cove and Mark and Gill Vercoe. Also a massive thanks to David Glover from BAMMAS Surf Shop in Mangawhai, Mark from Fresh Mangawhai and the Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service Inc. for allowing us to use their club space to run the event.

The Northland Primary School Surfing Champs is an Annual Event and runs at different beaches across Northland. For more information about this or the Northland Surfing Association please email :

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