PIPING HOT: Pambula’s Darcy Piper will be looking to improve upon his third placing last year in the 13 years and under division at Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage this weekend. Competing this weekend at Broulee, Piper will be one to watch in the 16 years division.Tomakin and ASP World Tour surfer Phil Macdonald’s Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage is back, bigger and better than ever this weekend as the South Coast’s hottest junior talent get set to converge on Broulee.
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Macdonald is looking forward to bringing his specialised event to the youth of the Eurobodalla.
“It definitely holds a special place in my heart,” Macdonald admitted when asked about his South Coast upbringing.
“There’s so much talent down here and to give the kids something they can really looking forward to is what this event is all about.”
Macca’s Rampage provides an innovative and fresh approach to the traditional junior surfing competition in an effort to unearth the new wave of Australian surfing talent.
Open for surfers living south of the Minnamurra River to the Victorian border, the Rampage is one of only a handful of events located on the wave-rich South Coast.
With the calibre of surfing talent that has come out of the area, including Owen Wright (Culburra), Sally Fitzgibbons (Gerroa), Dean Bowen (Gerroa) and more recently Tyler Wright (Culburra), the action is sure to be electric.
Featuring the likes of Darcy Piper (Pambula), Sean Mawson (Manyana), Riki Tucker (Culburra Beach) and Keegan Spellacy (Tomakin) in the 16 years and under boys, and Erin Dark (Gerringong), Eva Davis-Boermans (Tomakin), Pip Marques (Broulee) in the girls division – 2009 could see the uncovering of the next superstar.
Unlike other surfing competitions, Macca’s Teenage Rampage allows competitors aged 16 years and under to surf three heats each without elimination instead of the traditional cut-throat format.
“The Teenage Rampage was a concept that was developed to promote confidence, experience and fun in all levels of junior surfing, from beginner to champion,” Macdonald said.
Having charged up and down the east coast of Australia over 2008, the Teenage Rampage format has been a success with the competitors and parents alike.
“The feedback has been so good from last year,” Macdonald stated.
“The kids got so much out of it that we are really looking forward forging the series through 2009 – as long as the kids are getting something out of it, that’s all that matters.”
Competition starts at 8am on Saturday and Sunday for each of the four divisions – girls and boys 13 and under and girls and boys 16 and under.
There will also be a host of beach activities and challenges with great prizes given away over the weekend.
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