Top seeds dominate on day three of the 2018 Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp presented by Flight Centre

A cool Winter’s morning saw smooth 2-3ft (1.5m) waves roll through at Duranbah beach for day three of the 2018 Billabong Occys Grom Comp presented by Flight Centre, as over 200 of the world’s best junior surfers, from all over the world, moved one step closer to claiming first place at this prestigious event. Today marked the third day of the six-day event, with division champions being crowned on Thursday 12th July.

The stunning Gold Coast day kicked off with the 12 and under boys in the water. Victorian Willis Droomer (Jan Juc, VIC) set the bar high for competitors with a two-wave heat score of 15.33 (Out of a possible 20.00). Droomer performed multiple critical manoeuvres on both his forehand and backhand, defeating fellow Victorian Jack Bassett (Wallington, VIC), Hunter Winkler (Coffs Harbour, NSW) and Dane Henry (Fingal Head, NSW). Hugh Vaughan (Bateau Bay, NSW) was another standout surfer, achieving a high score in the 12 and under boys divisionwith a 15.90.

Conditions improved and the swell grew as round two of the 14 and under boys got underway, following immediately after. Touma Cameron (Suffolk Park, NSW) will advance into round three after a standout performance in his heat, surfing a huge total of 10 waves - his best two waves contributing to his score of 11.77. Gold Coast local and last year’s 12 and under boys champion Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, QLD) felt confindent in his heat, taking out first place - surfing well beyond his years. Richardson was picky with his wave selection, only needing to surf four waves to get his best two and move ahead to round three. Leo Casal (Coolangatta, QLD) achieved one of the highest wave scores of the day with a 9.4 (out of a possible 10.00), utilising his powerful backhand manoeuvres to take out the heat. Casal moves onto round three along with Lennix Smith (Barrack Point, NSW) who was another standout, choosing to surf the right-hand reforms rolling through.         

As the sun continued to shine, Central Coast surfer Lennox Chell (Avoca Beach, NSW) opened up the round with a two-wave heat total of 14.10, moving him swiftly into round three. Jay Occhilupo (Elanora, QLD) kept quiet for most of his heat, sitting in last place – but with ten seconds on the clock, Occhilupo took off on a left-hander, securing him the score he needed to take first place and progress to round three.

Last year’s 16 and under boys division champion Ethan Stocks (Coffs Harbour, NSW) showed no mercy in his round two heat, hacking apart multiple critical sections in the 3ft waves to score himself a two wave heat total of 16.33 – defeating Jayke Mellows (Bogangar, NSW), Joel Vaughan (Bateau Bay, NSW) and Gold Coaster Sein Fujimoto (Palm Beach, QLD) respectively. Victorian Codie Jeffery (Newhaven, VIC) is one step closer to Victory, after taking first place in his heat. Another exciting heat today included Sydney surfer Grayson Hinrichs (North Bondi, NSW), tearing apart the right-hand waves on his backhand. Hinrichs impressed the judges and was rewarded a spot into round three – defeating Gold Coaster Keo Bartholomew (Coolangatta, QLD) and New Zealanders Jack Hinton (Maunganui, NZ) and Josef Jungwirth (Waikato, NZ).           

The 16 and under boys division round three will kick off tomorrow at 7:30am, followed by the 14 and under boys round three, the 14 and under girls round one, the 16 and under boys round four, the 16 and under girls round two and the 14 and under boys round four.               

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. Tomorrow will see the remaining 14 and under boys division first up in the water.  

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.