Elise Peate was a winner at the SCU surfing titles.
Elise Peate was a winner at the SCU surfing titles.

SCU Coffs students win surf comp

A TEAM of students from Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus have been crowned the overall winners of a surfing competition held last week at Cabarita Beach for students from SCU’s three campuses.

A total of 40 surfers from the University’s Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast campuses competed in the ‘King of Campuses’ surfing challenge which was organised by Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) students.

There were perfect conditions and two to three foot of swell for the men’s and women’s events as well as a tag team event which all saw a high levels of performance surfing.

Points were accumulated throughout the day to establish the overall ‘King of the Campuses’.

Lismore’s Tye Cameron took out the men’s division with Hayden Ralph coming in second place for the Gold Coast in a tight final.

“It has been such a good day, nice waves and some tough competition,” Cameron said.

“I’m pumped on the win.”

Gold Coast dominated the women’s field with Elise Peate taking the crown after managing to out-score fellow Coolangatta surfer Steph Crowley-Clough.

The tag team event saw the Gold Coast team scrape home with Lismore in second place ahead of Coffs Harbour in what was a closely contested affair that came right down to the wire.

At the end of the day points were tallied up and it was the Gold Coast that was crowned the overall winning campus ahead of runner up Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses.

No doubt some more time on the waves is needed by the university students at Coffs Harbour so the positions can be reversed in 2011.

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