16th Champion School title for Margaret River school | Photos

Margaret River Senior High School continued their impressive winning streak at the SunSmart School Surfing Titles, claiming a record-breaking 16th consecutive Champion School victory.

The titles concluded with a bang last Friday, as students from 24 different regional and metropolitan high schools converged on Trigg Beach for the finale to Surfing WA's biggest participation based event of the year.

After ten qualifying events held throughout WA over the past month, the best of the best surfing schools in WA were on show, battling tricky and wind-swept waves at Trigg Beach.

Over 60 teams of boys and girls hit the water in surfing and bodyboarding divisions to see who would be crowned WA's Champion Surfing School for 2021.

Margaret River's depth of talent was on display as they ran away with six of the eight division wins.

The Titles provide a unique stepping stone for secondary students to reach the pinnacle of the sport for their age group, the Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Titles.

For surfers a win at Trigg guaranteed them a spot into the National Titles and the chance to compete against the best surfing schools from across the country.

Margaret River SHS dominated the hotly contested Senior Boys Surfing final, with an inspired performance from Gracetown duo Jed Gradisen and George Simpson.

Despite the best efforts of fellow south-west surfers Otis North and Lachie Phillips from Cape Naturaliste College, it was an exciting and powerful display from Gradisen & Simpson that saw them take the win.

"The waves have been tricky out there, but there's some big sections to hit," said Jed Gradisen.

"Big thanks to our teachers and the whole team for another big year, I'm stoked to take the win in my last year of high school."

Jed Gradisen at the 2021 SunSmart School Surfing Titles. Photo: Justin Majeks

Jed Gradisen at the 2021 SunSmart School Surfing Titles. Photo: Justin Majeks

Jaya Rule and Chloe Campbell from St Mary's Anglican Girls' School won the Senior Girls Surfing final, defeating a highly touted pair of Willow Hardy and Zali Hewson from Margaret River SHS.

Using their home ground advantage the girls from St Mary's extracted everything out of the conditions on offer.

"We've been training every morning together and pushing each other to get to this point," said Rule.

"Thanks to Mrs Grayson and we're stoked to have qualified to head to Queensland."

Sid Englert and Okie Fraser kept the momentum rolling for Margaret River SHS, taking out the Junior Boys Surfing division from brothers Travis and Bryce Barkhuizen from Quinn's Baptist College.

"The waves have been really fun and surfing with a teammate makes it so much more exciting," said Fraser.

"Sid is a great surfer and well done to everyone else from Margaret River."

Ruby Berry and Kaleisha Launders from Margaret River SHS both posted big numbers on their way to victory in the Junior Girls Surfing final.

Berry and Launders took down schoolmates Lila-Grace Howarth and Willow Hines in the final.

"These events are always so much fun and I'd like to thank all the other schools here competing," said Berry.

"Well done to Margaret River for a great team performance."

In other results, Margaret River's Mat Jordi and Ziggy Bullock won the Senior Boys Bodyboarding final, taking down Luke Gibson and Jayden Rowles from Duncraig SHS.

A perfect 10 point ride to Jordi was the difference in a tightly contested final.

Margaret River SHS won the Senior Girls Bodyboarding division, thanks to Zali Hewson and Ruby Berry's fantastic efforts. Photo: Justin Majeks.

Margaret River SHS won the Senior Girls Bodyboarding division, thanks to Zali Hewson and Ruby Berry's fantastic efforts. Photo: Justin Majeks.

Margaret River SHS won the Senior Girls Bodyboarding division, with Zali Hewson and Ruby Berry proving they're just as handy on their bodyboards as they are on their surfboards, taking down Mandurah Catholic College's Ella Ginbey and Charlotte Tipple.

Quinns Baptist College continued to turn heads in 2021, reaching multiple finals and finishing second overall behind Margaret River.

Quinns won the Junior Boys Bodyboarding final with Riley Schell and John Salmond powering ahead of Josh Willcox and Charlie Lizee from Margaret River SHS.

Margaret River SHS won the Junior Girls Bodyboarding division, with Lilla-Grace Howarth and Willow Hardy notching up Margaret River's final win in the Junior Girls bodyboard division.

"A big congratulations to Margaret River Senior High School, they have once again proved to be WA's best surfing school," said Surfing WA Events Manger Justin Majeks.

"We've discovered new talent throughout all of WA's surfing regions and well done to those surfers who have now qualified to represent WA at the Junior National Titles."

The 2021 SunSmart WA School Surfing Titles saw 54 regional and metropolitan high schools compete, with hundreds of teams of surfers and bodyboarders nominated, and over a thousand students pulling on their wetsuits and participating over the past month.

Surfing WA will now focus on best preparing junior surfers for the Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Titles scheduled to run on North Stradbroke Island, QLD in late November.