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School surfers face off
School surfers face off

Margaret River Primary School surfers are preparing to take to the water for the first surf carnival since the 1996 Gracetown cliff collapse.

Margaret River Surf Academy boss Josh Palmateer and teacher Gary Gibbon were behind the renewed push to give junior surfers an outlet for their studies.

“It’s going to be a tag team event rather than an individual event,” Mr Palmateer said.

The contest would be arranged along faction lines and it would test the water for the school putting together a total surf team to take on other schools in the Capes region.

The competition, scheduled for this week depending on the weather, would give the teams of surfers four shots at getting two good scores from the available waves.

Mr Palmateer said the prospect for youngsters to test themselves against their schoolmates was partly behind his decision to encourage the event.

“I just thought we put all this effort into teaching them ocean safety, surfing and awareness, and they all love surfing, why not have a competition,” he said.

“It will involve the whole school with their factions, which will be great.”

Cowaramup and Busselton primary schools could be among the event’s future competitors.

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