Updated 11 December 2016 thanks to Stephen Koehne.
Colin Earle entered all 3 age divisions, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19, winning U/15 and U/19 and placing 2nd in U/17. I think they changed the rules after that event.
The Nationals were held in Jan 1978 at Victor Harbour and Middleton Beach, South Australia. Colin was only able to surf in one division and picked U/15 as it was the division he was most likely to win. Steve and Ant Corrigan were power-houses from Bondi and Queenslander Joe Engel dominated and won the U/19 at the Nationals. Dave Mac was on that state team in U/15 too. Dave’s dad and Bill Girdwood were team chaperones.
The 1977 Hang Ten WASRA Schoolboys Surfing Championships were held at Trigg Beach in average surf conditions. There was a large pod of WASRA officials & celebrity surfers in attendance to watch the junior talent.
Contest results are unknown, but it is understood Colin Earle won the under 17 age division.
Surf journo/photographer Ric Chan was there to capture the action in & out of the water (mainly the latter).
Photo: 1977 Contest official Ken Trainer on Trigg Beach. Ric Chan pic.
Photo: 1977 Contest spectators L-R Bill Oddy, John Shanahan & Greg Laurenson. Ric Chan pic.
Photo: 1977 unidentified competitor surfing Trigg Beach. Ric Chan pic.
Photo: 1977 Trigg Beach L-R unidentified, competitor Colin Earle and spectator Steve Hannett. Ric Chan pic.
Photo: 1977 contest judges & officials on Trigg Beach. Ric Chan pic
Photo: 1977 Bill Oddy reflecting an image of photographer Ric Chan in his sunnies. Ric Chan pic.
Photo: 1977 Contest trophies U/15 & U/17 divisions. Ric Chan pic.
Photo: 1977 unidentified spectator Trigg car park. Ric Chan pic.
Photo: 1977 contest official Arty Sherburn on Trigg Beach. Ric Chan pic.
Photo: 1977 Colin Earle with contest trophies on Trigg Beach. Ric Chan pic.
Photo: 1977 WASRA official Bill Girdwood on Trigg Beach. Ric Chan pic.
Photo: 1977 WASRA officials Peter Dyson (vice President) and Tony Harbison (President) presenting trophy to Colin Earle and other winners on Trigg Beach.
If you know the results of the ’77 Hang Ten WASRA Schoolboys Surfing Championships, let us know.