Kingscliff ruler of the waves

KINGSCLIFF High School cemented itself as the Tweed's top surfing school in the Tweed Coast Cup yesterday.

With its fourth consecutive victory, Kingscliff is the undisputed champion surfing high school on the Tweed.

But without the hard work of a band of Southern Cross University students, the competition would not have happened.

As part of their Diploma of Sports Management (Surfing Studies) course, the students put everything they have learnt into organising and running the event at Cabarita Beach.

Course lecturer Alan Fenn-Lavington said the event served a dual purpose.

“The Tweed Coast Cup is unusual because it is one of the only intra-school events in the area, so it allows promising local surfers from Tweed and Northern Rivers schools to test their skills against people they wouldn't necessarily come up against,” Mr Fenn-Lavington said.

“The aim is also to give the university students experience in every aspect of organising and presenting a sporting event; from risk management, catering and scoring, to judging, marshalling or announcing.”

Joel Ford, 16, of Kingscliff High School wrapped the event up with a victory in the open boys division, ahead of Mitchell James (St Josephs), Jimi Deane (Tweed River) and Luke Wheatley (St Josephs).

“It was a great day with a good vibe down here, thanks to the uni students for putting it on and I hope it is just as good next year,” Joel said.

SCU student and contest director Janine Kroemer said she was enjoying putting the theory learned in the classroom into practice.

“It's been a great experience because it has brought all our studies together into one real-life project, and the skills we are learning are relevant to a range of sporting industries and events,” Janine said.

“It's given us all a real sense of how much work is involved in an event like this, but everyone on the course has been working hard to bring it all together.

Fellow student Tim O'Kane said support from sponsors like Rush, Australian Surfing Life, Base Surfboards, Firewire Surfboards and Surfing Systems Australia had ensured the event was a success.

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