2018 BILLABONG OZ GROM CUP GETS DOWN TO THE POINTY END OF COMPETITION.
The Billabong Oz Grom Cup pres. by Flight Centre saw an action-packed day of surfing as some of Australia’s - and the world’s - most promising grommets went toe-to-toe in pumping three-foot waves.
Having a solid surfing bloodline courtesy of her dad Dylan (big wave surfer and shaper), Summa Longbottom (Kirra, Qld) posted the first and only perfect score of the event so far in the 16 Girls. Longbottom executed a multitude of critical turns to notch up the score and leave her closest rival Heilala Phillips (Sawtell, NSW) chasing a near perfect 9.55 wave score to take away her lead. Longbottom will meet Ellia Smith (Coolum Beach, Qld) and Jazmin Kama (Elanora, Qld) in tomorrow’s semi-finals.
Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW) put on an equally exciting show in the 16 Girls, posting a near-perfect 9.00 ride as well as a 7.17 to amass a 16.17 two-wave heat total. Shanahan showed her competency in the punchy beachbreak nailing an array of turns to notch up the aforementioned score and earn a position in the semi-finals.
Lennox Chell (Avoca, NSW), Josh Grange (Burleigh Heads, Qld), Grayson Hinrichs (Bondi, NSW), Beau Buckpitt (Culburra, NSW) all engaged in the most exciting heat of the event so far when they all battled it out against each other in the 16 Boys quarterfinals. With tricky lefts and rights breaking on opposing ends of the competition area, all four surfers covered the area as they attempted to earn a spot in the semifinals. Over the duration of the 20-minute affair, all four surfers traded off a series of decent scores in the seven-point range, until Chell managed to sneak away and post an excellent 8.00 scoring wave for a series of impressive frontside turns and jump from fourth to first. As a result, Buckpitt was pushed to second while Hinrichs and Grange took out third and fourth respectively. Both Chell and Buckpitt will make their next appearance in the semi-finals.
Issak Brown (Lake Munmorah, NSW), Harley Walters (Angourie, NSW), Mateus Bersot (Maroubra, NSW), Manning Gregory (Merewether, NSW), Willis Droomer (Jan Juc, Vic) and Dane Henry (Fingal Head, NSW) all put on impressive performances to earn themselves a progressing position in the 12-and-Under Boys. All surfers will duke it out in tomorrow’s semi-finals.
The Billabong Oz Grom Cup will commence each day at 7:30 am with the call for the day's schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45 am. The event hotline number is 0458 247 212 which will leave a voice recorded message each morning of the event.
The prestigious five-day event – now in its fifth year – will run from the 13th – 17th April and looks set to cater for over 200 competitors in nine different divisions.
Former champions include 2016 World Junior Champion Macy Callaghan who claimed her respective division in the event's inaugural year. Since then the event has been won by a range of Australia’s best and most promising junior surfers.
Most states will be represented when the event kicks off, with surfers coming from Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
Boys and Girls divisions for the event include: Under-8 Mixed, Under-10, Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16.