Victoria’s talent on show in perfect conditions at the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps event at Ocean Grove.
The future of Victorian surfing is in good hands after countless standout performances at the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps event at Ocean Grove.
Competitors were again greeted with perfect 2ft (0.6m) swells groomed by light offshore winds for the second and final day of competition.
Seven year old Ethan Huxtable (Jan Juc) dominated the morning’s proceedings, locking in the event’s only perfect 10 point ride in his second round heat in the under 9 boys division.
Huxtable completed a series of crisp forehand re-entries on a long right hand breaking wave.
“It was pretty fun out there, it wasn’t very consistent but when the sets came it was really fun.”
“I didn’t know that I was going to get a 10, I was just having fun and I am really happy to get my first 10”.
Huxtable backed up his perfect score with a 9.33 in a performance that left many spectators in a state of shock.
Continuing is excellent form, Huxtable with a two wave total of 17.87 (out of a possible 20), went on to win the under 9 boys final ahead of Mornington’s Marlon Harrison (8.97), Jahli Brooks (Jan Juc, 8.13) and Patrick Hughes (Torquay, 6.94)
One of the most exciting divisions is the under 7 mixed. Despite their diminutive stature, the youngest kids in the field took to the Ocean Grove lineup with incredible confidence.
After two finals, a combination result saw six year old Bohdi Brooks (Jan Juc) win over Daisy Bibic (6, Jan Juc).
Brooks, assisted by his father former World Tour surfer Troy, locked in an excellent 8.83 ride on a right hand wave from the very outside bank all the way through to the inside section.
Third position went to Greyson Irvine (Torquay), crowd favourite Abby Bowyer (Point Lonsdale) placed fourth and Jack Borelli (Phillip Island) was fifth.
A special bonus prize of an all expenses paid three day camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, was allocated by Surfing Australia for the winners both the under 13 boys and girls divisions.
In the under 13 boys Xavier Huxtable, older brother of Ethan, was a dominant force throughout the entire competition, locking in a majority of the events highest single wave scores.
At 10 years old Xavier surfed with an incredible level of maturity to defeat his older, more experienced opponents, with 12 year old Tully Wylie (Jan Juc) finishing second.
In the under 13 girls division, Jan Juc’s India Robinson (11 years old) also reveled in the clean conditions with an excellent 8.17 ride early on in the final.
Robinson then scored a 4.0, managing to maintain her lead over Shayla Paterson (Phillip Island) who finished with a two wave total of 8.7.
Jessie van Niekerk (Torquay) placed third, with Piper Harrison (Mornington) in fourth.
The oldest division of the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps is under 15, for both boys and girls.
Mornington’s Piper Harrison (11 years old) took out the under 15 girls ahead of Rikki Bell-Warren (14, Bells Beach).
Third position went to Bonnie Mullins (Point Lonsdale), with fourth going to Elise Desantis (Inverloch). Jan Juc’s Izzi Rudland finished in fifth.
Josh Cammarere (Torquay) emerged victorious in the under 15 boys division, after holding his nerve in inconsistent divisions locking in a two wave total of 14.00 to defeat local Barwon Heads surfer Henry Hutchins (10.90 points).
Third position went to Sam Dunlop (Phillip Island, 6.90), fourth Adam Lalor (Apollo Bay, 4.40).
Rounding out the final was Christopher Hogg (Belgrave) and Joshua Bracher (Phillip Island) in fifth and sixth position respectively.
Arabella Willison defeated Poppy Corbett in a close under 11 girls final.
Third place went to Sage Goldsbury with Angelique Kefalas finishing in fourth.
For more details log onto www.surfingvictoria.com
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