Competition fires up for day four of the 2018 Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp presented by Flight Centre

A sunny Winter’s day saw 3ft (1.5m) waves pumping through Duranbah beach for day four of the 2018 Billabong Occys Grom Comp presented by Flight Centre, as competition fired up for the day. Today marked the fourth day of the six-day event, with division champions being crowned on Thursday 12th July.           

In the 14 and under boys division, Touma Cameron (Suffolk Park, NSW) took first place in a tight heat – opting to surf the peeling right-handers rolling through Duranbah. Cameron held an early lead to secure a spot in the next round, along with Gold Coaster Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, QLD) who was last year’s 12 and under boys champion. Leo Casal (Coolangatta, QLD) achieved one of the highest waves scores of the day, a 9.50 (out of a possible 10.00) which gave him a two-wave heat total of 16.00 (out of a possible 20.00) - impressing the judges and moving him onto the next round along with Rasmus King (Byron Bay, NSW).     

The sun continued to shine and the waves seemed to clean up, as the first heat of the 16 and under girl’s division got underway. Victorian Angela Ball led the heat early, but it was back-and-forth between her and Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW). Both girls tore apart the 3ft waves, however Ball chose to surf the left-hand waves, which proved to be the right approach and gave her the win. Both girls will surf in the semi finals. In the next heat, Victorian Arabella Wilson (Jan Juc, VIC) kept an early lead, but Holly Williams (Buddina, QLD) took charge scoring a 5.67-point ride halfway through the heat. Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW) waited patiently for the good waves to roll through, and scored - overtaking Wilson with a 4.67-point ride. Both Shanahan and Williams will surf in the semi finals tomorrow.         

The day cooled down, but the waves continued to pump as the 16 and under boys got in the water. Victorian Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, VIC) kicked things off early, scoring an 8.33-point ride straight off the bat, backing it up with a 6.99-point ride to take the lead. Sydney surfer Grayson Hinrichs (North Bondi, NSW) achieved one of the higher wave scores of the day with a 9.17, and backed it up with a 5.33 - moved him into second position. Huxtable furthered his lead with a 9.7 with two minutes on the clock, marking the end of the heat. Huxtable and Hinrichs will move forward to the semifinals.

The final heat of the day saw Lennox Chell (Avoca Beach, NSW) open things up with a 7.33 and a 5.67 to set the bar. Ethan Hartge (Caves Beach, NSW) moved up into second place with five minutes to go, ahead of Codie Jeffery (Newhaven, VIC). With one minute left, Jeffery puled through with an 8.67 to move into first place and take out the heat. Jeffery and Chell will move into the semifinals to be surfed tomorrow.         

Tomorrow will see the 14 and under girls round one in the water first up for a 7:30am start.                

The prestigious event is known for attracting juniors from all over the globe. This year, the event has entries from countries including the USA, Portugal, Japan, New Zealand and Indonesia.  

The 2018 Billabong Occys Grom Comp presented by Flight Centre is proudly supported by Billabong, Flight Centre, Kirra Surf, JS Surfboards, VonZipper, Kustom, Nixon, Hydro Flask, Blue Dinosaur, Surfing World, Fast Proof Press, Mrs Palmers, Futures, Dakine, Sign Event and Surfing Queensland.