Illawarra Regional Titles 2023

By Ian Pepper and Emily Laurence, of Scarborough Boardriders

Scarborough Boardriders hosted the junior regional surfing titles over 19 and 20 May at Coledale Beach.

The first day of competition was the South Coast Regional School Surfing Titles, with a new tag team format the brainchild of Geoff Latimer, head of the school surfing at Illawarra Sports High. Conditions were epic for the event and the team relished the nice waves and unique team structure. Well done to the following team winners:

Junior Boys – Illawarra Sports High
Junior Girls – Kiama
Senior Boys – Bulli High
Senior Girls – Kiama

Then on Saturday, there was stunning surfing by the club’s juniors at the Surfing Illawarra & Surfing NSW Regional Titles in chunky, chilly offshore conditions. The waves for absolutely firing with a Karama’s lookalike right-hander suiting many of our members who surf Coledale regularly. Our results speak for themselves:

1st u14s Girls – Macey Jolley
1st u18 Girls – Shyla Short
1st u12s Boys – Noah Kornek
2nd u18s Boys – Mannix Squiers
2nd u14 Boys – Jesse Fitzgibbons
3rd u18 Girls – Zahlia Short
3rd u14 Boys – Ashton Mekisic

… and strong performances by all entrants. Congratulations to everyone!