Event Info

This unique event aims to showcase the talent of secondary school students in a tag team format, similar to the hugely popular Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle, as well as individual divisions.

The Australian Interschools Surfing Championships is open to all secondary schools, including government, catholic and independent schools across Australia, to compete and field teams in each division.  Schools can enter multiple teams and individuals across Boys and Girls from Year 7-12, but it also caters for schools to enter just one team or one individual.

  •  Every entrant will receive a merchandise pack
  • Please ensure you enter through the event page across Tag Team & Individual Divisions.
  • All will be placed on a waitlist and confirmed based on demand of each division
  • In case of over-demand, Surfing Australia reserves the right to distribute event entries in a fair and equitable process.
  • Following the wait list period, Tag Team & Individual entries will be confirmed by Monday 4th March 4 pm QLD TIME
  • Successful entrants will be notified with a link to pay and enter the event by Monday 4th March 4 pm QLD TIME

SCHEDULE :

Wednesday 22nd May 2024 – Day 1
• Welcome Ceremony & Briefing Session 3:15 pm – 5 pm
LOCATION FOR OPENING CEREMONY at Broadbeach Cultural Centre
Corner Hooker Blvd &, Sunshine Blvd, Broadbeach Waters QLD 4218

Thursday 23rd May 2024 – Day 2:  8 am start – 4 pm approximate finish  
Boys Tag Team divisions start & finish
Girls Individual divisions start & finish
Girls Tag Team divisions start
Beach Presentation

Friday 24th May 2024 – Day 3:  8 am start – 4 pm approximate finish  
Boys Individual divisions start & finish
Girls Tag Team divisions finishes
Overall Award Presentation

-Tag Team Divisions
· 3 surfers per team (with 2 reserves which can interchange between rounds)
· Heat time is 30 mins & best 1 wave counts per surfer
. Unlimited wave count for each surfer
· Beach start for first surfers
· 2nd to 3rd surfers start from the beach change-over area
· Final surfer must return to the change over box before the heat time expires – Failure to finish will result in a 3-point penalty to the team’s total.
· 4 x division Champions crowned
· Refer to the Surfing Australia 2024 Rulebook for all interference and event rules

Individual Divisions

· All surfers are eligible (Tag Team members encouraged) to enter this division
· New exciting participation-focused heats with best 1 wave counting
. Beach starts  
. After catching their first wave, each surfer must come to the beach and run around a beach marker to  activate the scoring of their next wave
· 30min heats per division
· Up to 10 surfers in the water at one time to maximise participation for all school students
· 1-3 surfers progress to the next round from each heat (dependent on format/heat size)
· 4 x division Champions crowned
· Refer to the Surfing Australia 2024 Rulebook for all interference and event rules

LOCATIONS: GOLD COAST (Mobile Event)

PRIME LOCATIONS:
· Nobby Beach
· Surfers Paradise
· Narrow Neck
· Main Beach

BACK UP LOCATIONS:
· Bilinga
· Tugun
· Miami

The Australian Interschools Surfing Championships are proudly supported by Experience Gold Coast, Ghanda Clothing,  Soundboks, Pit Viper, Surfers For Climate and Surfing Queensland.

Mayors Welcome Message

“The Gold Coast is stoked to be the home of the inaugural Australian Interschool Surfing Championships and welcome competitors from around Australia to our city.

With some of the world’s best surfing breaks right here, it is only fitting that the Gold Coast will see the next generation of professional surfers battle it out in this new event format. Having welcomed the Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final for the first time this year, and with the WSL Championship Tour set to return in 2025, you are in good company with some of the world’s best surfers competing on our shores.

Surfing is in our city’s DNA, and many young Gold Coasters learn to surf on our magnificent beaches almost as soon as they can walk. The Gold Coast is the lifestyle capital of Australia and our city embodies beach culture. When you’re not carving out on the waves, don’t forget to enjoy our friendly hospitality and the many attractions along the coast and hinterland.

I wish each school and competitor all the best for top notch waves and a great performance.”

CITY OF GOLD COAST MAYOR – TOM TATE