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Palm Beach Currumbin State High School has taken home the overall School Winners trophy at the inaugural Australian Interschools Surfing Championships held at Miami on the Gold Coast last month.

Local participating schools included: the Living School (Lennox Head), Xavier College (Skennars Head), Ballina Coast High, and Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School (Terranora, NSW).

‘The team events were so popular. Everyone loves the tag team format,’ Surfing Australia’s Natalie Schenken said.

In the Year 7,8,9 girls tag, Sunshine Beach State High School utilised the conditions and made the best wave choices to bank a huge win over locals Palm Beach Currumbin Dolphins, while in the Year 10,11,12 girls tag, they went one better, taking the aggregate win over the three heats ahead of Lindisfarne in second and Bulli State High in third.

The Cooee senior boys tag team from Elanora High School (21.63 points) just pipped Sunshine Beach State School (21.26 points) to be crowned Australia’s best Year 10,11,12 boys tag team.

St Andrew’s Anglican College proved too strong for the competition in the Year 7,8,9 Boys tag team final, posting a huge 20.74 point total to take out local school Palm Beach Currumbin Dolphins (18. 43 points).

Local surfers from Currumbin, Kingscliff, Palm Beach, Coolangatta, and Lennox Head dominated the individual surfing finals, with winners also from the Sunshine Coast.

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