Blue skies opened up at Soldiers Beach this morning as surfers from the Central Coast and Hunter Academies of Sport took to the waves.
The surfers were eager to get into the water and the morning started off with strong competition and some awesome waves.
The surfing exhibition was set up as a tag-team event with surfers having five (5) minutes each to catch two waves before tagging another member of their team to jump into the water.
Nine (9) surfers in total from each academy battled it out in an incredibly tough three (3) heats, with athletes from both academies showing some awesome skills on the waves.
Heading into the third heat Hunter had looked like they pulled away with the victory, however, the Central Coast brought it back neck and neck to close out the final round with some serious excitement.
In the end Hunter maintained the lead, narrowly closing out the Central Coast with 139.2 points to 129.5.
A huge congratulations to all the athletes who competed today, the exhibition certainly wasn’t short on talent and it has certainly paved the way for future years.
The inclusion of a surfing exhibition at the ClubsNSW Academy Games is a first for the competition, and with the skill and talent that was showcased today, it is highly likely that it will return in 2017, with several other academies already suggesting that they would be on board.
The Central Coast Academy of Sport on behalf of the Regional Academy of Sport (RASi) network would like to thank and acknowledge the support received from the following organisations:
ClubsNSW (Principal Partner), NSW Government, Gosford City Council, Wyong Shire Council, NBN Television (Media), Southern Cross Austereo (101.3 Sea FM and 107.7 2GO), and Central Coast Tourism.
For more information please visit: www.academygames.com.au