ENTRIES NOW OPEN – 2023 Red Herring Tasmanian Schools Surfing Championships presented by Surfing Tasmania

Published on 06/04/2023

2023 Tasmanian Schools Surfing Championships Event Bulletin and Entry Conditions.

The long standing tradition of the Tasmanian School Surfing Championships continues for another year in 2023.  In 2023, due to the workload of organising the competition and the expense to schools the event has reduced to just Division One. The aim of the competition is to select Students to represent Tasmania at the Australian Junior Surfing Nationals on Phillip Island, Victoria in the first week of December 2023.


To enter this event, Students MUST  be a financial Social Member of Surfing Tasmania and enter via https://surfingaustralia.justgo.com/workbench/public/events?ref=1B96469757A8DFD4B6364AF7D755BDD2E0E32151

Event Date:

Friday 12th May 2023

Start/ Finish Times:

9:00am to 4.00pm


Scamander, East Coast Tasmania (TBC within 24 hours prior to event and is conditions dependent).

The Venue will be communicated to Entrants (and their families and supporters), Schools, BRCs through Surfing Tasmania’s Social Media (Instagram and Facebook) on Thursday 11th May 2023, along with Heat Draws.


Judges & Work Party Briefing: 7.00am

Team Managers & Competitors Briefing: 7.30am (Managers to meet Students)

Key Timings:

TBC – First Heat

Details to be communicated on Surfing Tasmania Social Media

Surfing Tasmania Volunteers and Staff:

EVENT MANAGER – Luke Johannesen, Surfing Tasmania

JUDGES – Surfing Tasmania appointed Volunteers

WATER SAFETY/ FIRST AIDER – Surfing Tasmania appointed Volunteers


TEAM MANAGER – Each School represented must provide a Team Manager (Parent or Teacher) who will be responsible for their Students for the duration of the event. It would be preferred if this person has Life Saving and First Aid qualifications. Students should let their Managers know where they are at all times.

OTHER VOLUNTEERS – In order to run the event, we are calling for and very much appreciate any additional Staff/ Parents willing to act as Officials. Please let Luke know if you are available to help via email or at the briefing on the day.

Safety and Management of Students

Surfers must be accompanied to the beach by their parents or a representative from their School. Surfers must be available to surf in their heats. They cannot leave the contest area and surf whilst the contest is on unless they are taken by their Parent/ Guardian and have signed out with their Manager.

It is the schools responsibility to ensure a Department of Education Risk Management Plan, Aquatic Consent, Major Excursion Consent and Medical forms (or equivalent for Catholic and Independent Schools) have been completed prior to attending the event.

Please ensure students have the minimum ability to swim 200 metres in a wetsuit, and understand basic beach safety and surf etiquette.

COVID-19 Safety:

A COVID-19 Event Safety Plan is in place for all Surfing Tasmania events. We kindly ask that you adhere to these by the safety measures for the safety of yourself and others.

Environmental Impact:

Please make sure is aware of the environmental impact of holding such events on our coastline, and ensure that all rubbish is taken home and to keep off the Sand Dunes.



To enter this event, Students MUST be a financial Social Member of Surfing Tasmania and enter via https://surfingaustralia.justgo.com/workbench/public/events?ref=1B96469757A8DFD4B6364AF7D755BDD2E0E32151. For entry enquiries, please call Luke Johannesen on 0407 488 495 to support you with this.

The entry fee will be $25, payable to Surfing Tasmania.

Entries Close – 23.59pm on Monday 8th May 2023

Heat Draws – To be communicated via Surfing Tasmania Social Media on Thursday 11th May 2023

School Tents:

In the interests of public safety all club tents are to be secured adequately for the duration of the events. Surfing Tasmania will supply a limited number of tents for the use by surfers, families and supporters.

Event Rules and Other important information:

Rules & Regulations

All events will be contested in accordance with the rules set out in the Surfing Australia Rule Book 2023 however to the Event Format detailed below.

Code of Conduct (Students, Parents and Officials) – This competition will be conducted under the School Sport Australia code of conduct. Which can be viewed by following the following link: http://www.schoolsport.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Codes-of-Coduct-May-20161.pdf

Event Format

Age Groups

Under 19 on 31st December 2023 born in 2005 or later ( usually grade 12 to grade 10)

Under 16 on December 31 2023 born in 2008 or later ( usually grade 9 or younger)

Division 1 – This division is for competitors who can traverse a wave and perform various manoeuvres. Be able to duck dive and feel confident in up to 1.8 metre face waves. Surfers will represent their school in pairs in a tag-team format.

We are looking for the best pair of surfers from the one school in each of the four divisions. Please put your best surfers in your team regardless of whether they are in grade 7 or 9.

MR Teams Format:

Under 19 Boys Under 19 Girls

Under 16 Boys Under 16 Girls

If your school only has one surfer enter them as an individual and they will be paired with another surfer from the same Region, or just another surfer. These individuals still have a chance to represent the state because we also send the best two individuals away in each division as an Allstar team.

A school can enter a maximum of 2 teams. As in previous years if there are insufficient team entries in the girls we will run a different format for them so they get two surfs.

Time is a limiting factor at the event.

Schools enter teams of 2 students. The team of 2 students surf against another school’s team of 2. Each surfer’s best two waves contribute to the teams score. The team with the highest total from the 4 waves wins.

The teams have to lose twice to be eliminated from the competition.

The best two heats of individual scores will be used to calculate the Allstar champions of the day.

For more information, contact:

Luke Johannesen & Leanne Johannesen

Event Manager (Shared Role)

Surfing Tasmania

M: +61 407 488 495 (Luke)

E: events@surfingtas.com

W: https://surfingtas.com/


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