Mark Richards Shield Battles Heat Up On Day 3 At The Soundwave Australian Junior Titles

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Mark Richards Shield Battles Heat Up On Day 3 At The Soundwave Australian Junior Titles

Mark Richards Shield Battles Heat Up On Day 3 At The Soundwave Australian Junior Titles

Bragging rights to being Australia's No.1 rated surfing school is what the MR Shield is all about.
 
Named after the great Mark Richards, a four-time ASP World Champion and recognised this year as Australia's most influential surfer from the past 50 years, The MR Shield goes to the school that can team up two surfers across aged divisions under-19 Boys and Girls and under-16 Boys and win at the annual Soundwave Australian Junior Surfing Titles.
 
The MR Shield is prestigious and highly valued at schools across every coastal region in Australia and it's also why surfing is very much a part of the sporting curriculum in many schools.
 
Just a few of the elite schools to have multiple MR Shields on display in their trophy cabinets over the past two decades include Palm Beach Currumbin, Margaret River Senior High, Newhaven College Phillip Island, Sunshine Beach Secondary High and Barrenjoey High.
 
Queensland schools were clearly dominating today, lead by Coolum Secondary High School under-19 Girls’ Isabella Nichols and Jaleesa Vincent who dominated their opponents from Tasmania as both girls notched up excellent rides. Nichols the standout with the day’s highest scoring ride of 9.5.
 
Coolum's win today almost guarantees they will progress to the semi-finals and will likely face off against Victorian school Geelong Christian College which draws many of its surf fanatical students from the surf rich Surfcoast/Bells Beach region.
 
The Sunshine Coast schools were also well represented by Sunshine Beach Secondary High in the under-19 Boys. Harry Bryant and Lox Mardiana dominated over Launceston College (TAS) and this was despite Mardiana dropping in on his own team-mate late in the heat and almost carrying an interference call.
 
This pair have won both their heats to date but will face the formidable Margaret River High pair of Jacob Wilcox and Josh Burke in their upcoming semi-finals.
 
Palm Beach Currumbin High School pair Quinn Bruce and Joe Brooker were also dominant today and they go into the semi-finals of the under 16 Boys as red hot favourites to take an MR Shield back to their school trophy cabinet.
 
Today's conditions at Bombo Beach in Kiama were difficult, starting out extremely small and then by early afternoon closing out the beach as a rapidly increasing swell moved in. It was a much shorter day with School Surfing across all divisions run while individual aged rounds were placed on hold and will resume tomorrow.
 
The increase in swell indicates much better waves for the remainder of the week and tomorrow morning we can expect individual rounds to open the day early.
 
The Soundwave Australian Junior Surfing Titles are a key regional event on the NSW Events Calendar, and is supported by the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

The Soundwave Australian Junior Surfing Titles is proudly supported by Be the Influence – Tackling Binge Drinking, Destination NSW, NSW Sport and Recreation, Kiama Municipal Council, Kiama Tourism, Surfing Australia, Surfing NSW, Australian Schools Surfing Association, School Sport Australia, mySURF.tv, Travelsim, Nikon, Suncorp, Illicit During in Sport Program, the Australian Sports Commission and Surfcoach.com

For more information on the prestigious event, please visit: www.australianjuniorsurfingtitles.com and for daily updates and schedule ring the Event Hotline on 0458 247 212.

About Soundwave:

Soundwave has hosted some of the biggest names in Rock over the years including Iron Maiden, Faith No More, System Of A Down, Slipknot, Queens Of The Stoneage, Jane’s Addiction, 30 seconds To Mars, Paramore, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, The Offspring, Metallica, Linkin Park and Blink 182 amongst hundreds of others. 2014 will be the 11th anniversary of the Festival and we will be celebrating big time with a line-up including Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Temple Pilots (with Chester Bennington), Alice In Chains, Placebo, Megadeth, Korn and loads more! For more information head to www.soundwavefestival.com

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