GROMMETS LIGHT UP TRICKY SURF ON DAY TWO OF THE BILLABONG OZ GROM CUP AT COFFS HARBOUR.
Competitors in the 2019 Billabong Oz Grom Cup endured a day of erratic weather and waves as surfers aimed to earn their spot into the third day of competition.
Samuel Lowe (Port Kembla, NSW) showed style and grace reminiscent of his father - former World Championship Tour surfer Mick Lowe - as he attacked the tiny waves in his second 12-and-Under Boys heat. Lowe found a handful of playful pockets in the heat to nail an impressive 7.33 for a mammoth single backhand snap. Lowe will face Under-12 Qld Champion Rico Haybittle (Burleigh, Qld), Joel Emery (Angourie, NSW) and Cruz Sheridan (Margaret River, WA) in the upcoming quarterfinals.
Gabi Spake (Northern Beaches, NSW) continued to build on the same momentum that saw her win the Ocean and Earth Northern Beaches Regional Titles last week, shining in her opening 16-and-Under Girls heat. The northern beaches natural-footer performed a healthy mix of impressive snaps and turns to take the win with a respectable 14.34 two-wave heat total.
Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW), Amelie Bourke (Newcastle, NSW), Charli Hurst (Port Kembla, NSW), Giorgia Lorentson (Noosa Heads, Qld) and Lily Macdonald (Freshwater, NSW) also all took respective wins in their opening heats and will move straight through to round three.
The Billabong Oz Grom Cup will recommence tomorrow with the 14-and-Under Boys round three hitting the water first. The third day of competition will also see the priority system implemented across the remaining heats.
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.