Miami State High School surf contest a class act

Miami State High School is hosting its 47th annual surf contest on 23 June at Burleigh Beach, after initially being postponed due to Cyclone Debbie.

This contest celebrates the students’ success outside of the classroom and defines the school’s ideal location with what is arguably Gold Coaster’s favourite sport.

The contest is open to Miami SHS students, both girls and boys, and grommets – some as young as 10 – from the local catchment primary schools.  Students from Caningeraba and Miami State Schools have also been invited.

Competitors stand a chance to win some great prizes including a surfboard, gift card vouchers and sunglasses.

Says Principal, Mrs Sue Dalton, “We are always excited about this event on the school’s sporting calendar and the historical significance to the school, and leading to the 50th anniversary of the event in 2020.

“For this reason we have invited the local Primary school surfers to participate as they will be our future students who will be making memories of their schooling journey while still in their primary years.  With all the eyes focusing on the Gold Coast in 2018, we look forward to continuing to build our city’s proud sporting history for years to come.”

The event commences at 6.30am with a breakfast BBQ on the beach, followed by the contestants hitting the waves at 7.00am for the first heat.  Each heat is 15 minutes and will feature 3 to 4 surfers per heat, depending on the age division event.

Year 12 student, Maddy Job, is also vying to be the fifth straight overall surf contest champion in his final year at school, again raising the bar and making history in the event.  Maddy has dominated this event since Year 9, in each of his age divisions.

Maddy is a Burleigh surf local who won the previous Burleigh Single Fin Classic Junior division and has aspiration to be a contender on the World Surfing League tour.  Sponsored by Billabong, Community Hardware and Stellar Technologies, Maddy said, “I like to surf good right hand barrels at Burleigh and TOS (The Other Side on South Stradbroke Island) and I hope to be the World Surfing Champion in 2024.”


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