2019 BILLABONG OZ GROM CUP SEES A DAY OF BIG SCORES IN SMALL SURF.
Another day of difficult conditions continued today as competitors in the Billabong Oz Grom Cup put on their best small wave performances to try and cement their spot into the final rounds of competition.
Mike Clayton-Brown (Port Stephens, NSW) showed why he was the reigning Under-16 NSW champion tearing apart his round three heat in the 16 Boys. Clayton-Brown performed an array of giant forehand snaps and carves in the bumpy one-foot surf to post a giant 18.00 two-wave total. As a result, Clayton-Brown left his fellow competitors chasing two-wave combinations to take away his lead. He will now face Rino Lindsay (Lennox Head, NSW) and Jahli Brooks (Currumbin, Qld) in the fourth round.
Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld) and Dane Henry (Fingal, NSW) both made their intentions clear in the 14-and-Under Boys division with both surfers lighting up the tiny conditions. Both surfers lit up their heats with a healthy mix of power and style as they proceeded to notch up massive 15.1 and 17.17 heat totals respectively.
Local Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club member Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW) sent a warning shot over the head of her fellow competitors as she took on Gabi Spake (Collaroy, NSW), Evie Coulter (Balgowlah, NSW) and Samara Cox (Kiama, NSW) in the 16-Girls quarterfinals. Shanahan used her trademark carves and critical hooks to post a respectable 12.33 heat total and keep the fire burning for the local surfing contingent.
The Billabong Oz Grom Cup will recommence tomorrow with the 16-and-Under Boys round four expected to hit the water first.
Most states are represented in the event, with surfers coming from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and WA.
Boys and Girls divisions for the event include: Under-8 Mixed, Under-10, Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16.
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.