SunLive – Surf School returns to Gisborne


More than 80 foaming groms are due to descend on Gisborne this weekend with champions Sticky Johnson Primary School taking place over two days.

With the 2021 event canceled due to Covid restrictions, the Kiwis are eagerly waiting for the event to happen again.

From the start on Saturday, groms from across the country will be bringing their best form to the waves.

Many participants are competing nationally for the first time. A friendly round-robin format is therefore in place, giving each participant three chances to try their luck before the top-ranked surfers face off in the final.

The event is once again being held in Gisborne with Midway Beach as the main venue.

Additional coastal options will come into play if conditions dictate.

The Sticky Johnson Primary School Championships presented by Skullcandy are the entry point for New Zealand’s youngest surfers looking to compete at the national level.

This hugely popular event offers new entrants the opportunity to try their hand and have fun, the chance to experience what it’s like to compete against their peers in New Zealand.

They learn, have fun and make new friends.

The event also provides the perfect platform for the most savvy youngsters, some who were almost born on a surfboard and are seasoned campaigners who have the chance to battle against their closest rivals.

Some of these young surfers regularly compete in domestic events and some are beginning to venture overseas to take on the best Australia has to offer.

Past champions of the event include top New Zealanders such as Olympian Ella Williams (WGM), New Zealand representative Ava Henderson (Chch) and Kehu Butler (Mnt).

The event has grown over the years to now include a Years 7 and 8 division and a Year 6 and under for boys and girls.

The best club in the country is also rewarded, with the Bay Boardriders of Mount Maunganui being twice defending champions this year.

The draw, live scores and all other information can be found by searching Surfing New Zealand at or here.


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