Finalists decided on day five of the 2018 Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp presented by Flight Centre

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

As the 16 and under boys semifinals got in the water, Lennox Chell (Avoca Beach) led his heat early - earning himself an 8.0 (out of a possible 10.00) backed up with a 5.27. Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, VIC) was unable to catch up to Chell, and was knocked out of the round. Chell will go on to surf the 16 and under boys final tomorrow. Victorian Codie Jeffery (Newhaven, VIC) defeated Sydney Surfer Grayson Hinrichs (North Bondi, NSW) in an exciting battle. The boys both opted to surf the right hand waves peeling through, but it was Jeffery who surfed them more critically – taking the win. Jeffery will go on to surf against Chell in the final tomorrow.  

In the 16 and under girls semifinals, Holly Williams (Buddina, QLD) defeated Angela Ball (Torquay, VIC) in another close heat. Williams dominated early in the piece, tearing apart the left hand walling waves to earn herself an 8.5, backed up with a 4.83. Williams will go on to surf against Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW) in the 16 and under girls final tomorrow – after Picklum won her semifinal defeating Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW). Picklum achieved one of the highest wave scores of the day, earning herself a 9-point ride –performing several critical manoeuvres on a right-hander to seal her win. She then backed it up with a 7.83, further solidifying her victory.  

In the first heat of the 14 and under boys semifinals, Touma Cameron (Suffolk Park, NSW) had Rasmus King (Byron Bay, NSW) in a combination situation early on in the heat - earning himself a 9.6, backed up with a 7.17 to give him the lead. King was unable to overtake Cameron, and was consequently knocked out of the round. Cameron will go on to surf against Leo Casal (Coolangatta, QLD) in the 14 and under boys final tomorrow, after Casal defeated Gold Coaster and last year’s 12 and under boys champion Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, QLD) in a tight semifinal – earning himself a two-wave heat total of 14.07 (out of a possible 20.00).        

Round two of the 14 and under girls saw Ellie Harrison (Barwon heads, VIC) open her heat with a 9.40 on a peeling right-hander to kick things off – backing it up with a 6.83 to take the win and move herself onto the semifinals along with Astrid Osborn (Bilgola, NSW). Victorian Poppy Corbett (Woolamai, VIC) took an early lead in her heat, but was overtaken by Gold Coaster Lucy Tandler (Coolangatta, QLD) late in the piece – surfing her way to first place. Both Corbett and Tandler will surf in the semifinals tomorrow. Fellow Victorian Jazz Wylie Jan Juc, VIC) will move ahead to the semifinals, along with the Gold Coast’s Grace Kama (Elanora, QLD).              

Round three of the 12 and under boys division got underway as the waves stuck around. The USA’s Cannon Carr (San Clemente, CA) led his heat with a two-wave total of 12.74, sending him straight to the semifinals along with Mannix Greentree-Squiers (East Corrimal, NSW). Another standout surfer for the day was Harley Walters (Angourie, NSW) – who scored one of the highest two-wave heat totals of the day with a 16.23. Walters will progress to the semifinals along with Victorian Willis Droomer (Jan Juc, VIC), who managed to score a heat total of 13.50. Other surfers to progress through to the semifinals were Hugh Vaughan (Bateau Bay, NSW) and Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater, NSW).    

Tomorrow will see the 12 and under girls semi finals up first in the water at 7:30 am. All finals will run tomorrow after the expression session.

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.