Thirty High Schools to compete in Surfest’s Newcastle NOW High Schools Team Challenge

Newcastle, NSW/Australia (Wednesday, February 19, 2014)

SEVENTY-nine surfers from 30 high schools that have surfing as a school sport – from Port Macquarie in the north to Ulladulla in the south – will line up for two days in this year’s Newcastle NOW High Schools Team Challenge.

Action commences Thursday, 20 February, 2014 at Newcastle’s Nobbys Beach.

This year Surfest is again extending a warm welcome to an international team from Vanuatu.

Sixty-two boys teams and 17 girls teams will contest the Newcastle NOW High Schools Team Challenge

Defending champions in the girls’ competition are North Beaches Secondary College, while Barrenjoey High School have the trophy in the boys’ comp.

Both teams will be in Newcastle to defend their trophies.

The Newcastle NOW High School Team Challenge provides a surfing contest in a team format.

A unique feature of the event is that teams finishing within the allocated heat-time score bonus points. This feature plays a major role in determining a team’s success.

Surfest chief Warren Smith says the continuing growth of the competition is forcing organisers to look at how the event might best run in the future.

“The response from high schools wanting to be a part of the Newcastle NOW challenge shows that the interest in surfing just continues to grow.

“The Newcastle NOW High School Team Challenge has grown to become a much anticipated contest among surfers still attending high school.

“Surfest is proud to partner with Newcastle NOW and both organisations are pleased to extend a warm welcome to all of our local and visiting high school teams,” Mr Smith said.