Nine Champions Etch Their Names On The Billabong Oz Grom Cup
Images Courtesy of Surfing NSW
Nine champions have etched their names on the Billabong Oz Grom Cup presented by Flight Centre in Coffs Harbour this week. Now in its fifth year, the event is a launching pad for some of the best junior surfers in the country, with names such as Women's WCT rookie Macy Callaghan having found early success at this event. This year the comp ran from the 13th – 17th April and played host to over 200 groms from around the country. Oh, and did we mention Occy and Shane Dorian were calling the heats? Yep, it was on for young and old!
Among the winners were Ethan Hartge (Caves Beach, NSW) who against Arch Whiteman (Avalon, NSW) put on a thrilling performance to take the U16’s Boys final. Earning top honours in the U16’s Girls was Summa Longbottom (Kirra, QLD) who claimed victory against Currumbin’s Shaye Leeuwendal in an electric matchup between the Gold Coast counterparts.
In the U14's Boys Marlon Harrison continued his winning streak bringing home a third consecutive Billabong Oz Grom Cup. The Coolangatta kid posted an excellent 9.00 point ride in the dying minutes of his exchange with Barrack Point's Lennix Smith to stake his claim. And Grace Kama (Elanora, QLD) surfed to a podium finish in the U14's Girls on a borrowed board after snapping her own in the previous round.
The U12's Boys saw Maroubra’s Mateus Bersot, and Jan Juc’s Willis Droomer go head to head, with Willis narrowly edging out his opponent. Willow Hardy, Margaret River, did her region proud taking out the U12's Girls division. And the U10's Boys and Girls were taken out by Oli Taylor (Peregian, QLD) and Ruby Trew (Seaforth, NSW) respectively.
The local contingent was in fine form, lead by Will Martin who threw down a perfect 10.00 to post the highest heat total of the event – 19.00. But perhaps the coolest thing to happen all day (besides the superheat between the mighty Shane Dorian and Occy) was a U8's mixed division final between Fletcher O'Sullivan (Sawtell, NSW) and runner-up Luca Martin (Coffs Harbour, NSW) who both posted high scores beyond their years, and proved the future is looking bright for Coffs Harbour's surfing community.
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