GROMMETS LIGHT UP COFFS HARBOUR FOR THE FIRST DAY OF THE WOOLWORTHS SURFER GROMS COMP.
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Event three of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series presented by Pic’s Peanut Butter was graced with punchy three-foot waves today as the opening day of competition got underway.
Duke Wrencher (Byron Bay, NSW) set a high benchmark in the opening heats of the day, smashing an eclectic mix of giant forehand turns in the Under-14 Boys division. As a result, Wrencher was rewarded with a respectable 14.14 two-wave heat total to get the win ahead of perennial event standouts Dembe Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW) and Nate Hopkins (Noraville, NSW) who claimed second and third respectively.
Rosie Smart (Coffs Harbour, NSW) flew the local flag loud and proud, posting a mammoth 17.4 two-wave heat total in her Under-14 Girls heat. Smart surfed well beyond her years in the heat, nailing a handful of impressive snaps and carves to post the aforementioned score and make it known she’d be a name to watch over the upcoming rounds. As a result, Smart was awarded the Woolworths Fresh Wave Award for day one of competition.
Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater, NSW) edged closer to a potential hat-trick of Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series victories, taking a solid win in the first round of the Under-12 Boys. After claiming victory at events one and two of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series presented by Pic’s Peanut Butter, Kelleher made his intentions clear, posting an impressive 15.67 for a variety of big backside snaps.
Ocean Lancaster (Newcastle, NSW) and Max McGillvray (Evans Head, NSW) wowed the spectators and judges in the opening round of the Under-10 Boys. Lancaster managed to post the only perfect 10-point ride of the day for a series of carves and snaps on a set-wave, while McGillvray posted an excellent 9.17 as well as a handful of scores in excess of seven-points. As a result, Lancaster was awarded the AirAsia Wave Of The Day and McGillvray took out the Pic’s Peanut Butter Star Performer Award.
The main base for event three of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series presented by Pic’s Peanut Butter is Macauleys and Park Beach.
All competitors are advised to call the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.
Regarded as one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers, the 10-event Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series presented by Pic’s Peanut Butter caters for surfers from Under 8 to Under 14 and will be held in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia over summer.
As an added bonus, the respective winners of the Under 14 boys’ and girls’ divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses-paid, three-day Woolworths Surf Camp at the Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC). For the South Australian, Victorian and Tasmanian events, the Woolworths Surf Camp prize will be awarded to the highest place Under-14 Boy and Girl who reside in that respective State.
Specialty awards to be provided at each event include the Woolworths Fresh Wave (boy & girl), Pic’s Peanut Butter Star Performers (boy & girl) and AirAsia Air of the Day.
Each entrant will also receive a Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series presented by Pic’s Peanut surfboard sock for entering.
The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series presented by Pic’s Peanut Butter has helped to launch the careers of many of Australia's most promising junior surfers with almost 800 children set to take part in the 2018/19 event series.
Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps 2018/2019 Series presented by Pic’s Peanut Butter schedule:
EVENT 1 - Cronulla, NSW - Sept 1 - 2, 2018
EVENT 2 - Northern Beaches, NSW - Sept 8 - 9, 2018
EVENT 3 - Coffs Harbour, NSW - Oct 7 - 8, 2018
EVENT 4 - Kiama, NSW - Oct 13 - 14, 2018
EVENT 5 - Fleurieu Peninsula, SA - Nov 3, 2018
EVENT 6 - Ocean Grove, VIC - Nov 17 - 18, 2018
EVENT 7 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - Dec 8 - 9, 2018
EVENT 8 - Gold Coast, QLD - Jan 9 - 10, 2019
EVENT 9 -Trigg, WA - Jan 26 - 27, 2019
EVENT 10 - Clifton Beach, TAS - Feb 23, 2019