Big scores and sunshine on Day 1 of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp at Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove, VIC/AUS (Saturday 11th November, 2017): The first day of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp presented by Wahu has provided some massive scores under perfect blue skies at Ocean Grove.


Ocean Grove provided perfect conditions with a small 2-3ft swell and light winds that allowed surfers the perfect canvas to show off their skills.


Local surfer Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC) impressed the judges and crowd in the Under 14 Girls opening round locking in the equal highest wave score of Day 1, an 8.67 (out of a possible 10).


Harrison was able to use her local knowledge to find the best waves and execute a series of big turns to get the score.


“Its cool to surf close to home. The waves were super fun and I found a couple of waves that ran off” said Harrison.


“The Woolworths Surfer Grom Comps are awesome. There are heaps of prizes and games which makes it fun.”


Willis Droomer (Jan Juc, VIC) 7.83 was a standout in the Under 12 Boys Division, claiming the top points in his Opening heat.


Droomer showed why he is considered one of the top junior surfers coming out of Victoria, linking together big turns and innovative maneuvers.


Issak Brown (Lake Munmorah, NSW) also impressed in the Under 12 Boys division with some smooth surfing and maturity beyond his years.


Other Divisions that were run include Under 14 Boys, Under 12 Girls, Under 10 Boys, Under 10 Girls and Under 8 Mixed.


Full results from the day and finals day draws can found online at


Competition will resume tomorrow at Ocean Grove with the first heat hitting the water at 7:45am.


Regarded as one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers, the 10-event Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu caters for surfers from Under 8 to Under 14 and will be held in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia over summer. The prestigious event series will also return to Tasmania in 2017/18.


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 Hurley 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.


Each entrant will also receive a Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu t-shirt for entering, plus a Wahu beach product and there will be plenty of Wahu beach games and giveaways at each event.


The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu have helped to launch the careers of many of Australia's most promising junior surfers with almost 800 children set to take part in the 2017/18 event series.


Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Presented by Wahu 2017/2018 Series Schedule:

EVENT 1 - Northern Beaches, NSW - Sept 9 - 10, 2017

EVENT 2 - Cronulla, NSW - Oct 14 - 15, 2017

EVENT 3 - Kiama, NSW - Oct 21 - 22, 2017

EVENT 4 - Coffs Harbour, NSW - Oct 28 - 29, 2017

EVENT 5 - Ocean Grove, Vic - Nov 11 - 12, 2017

EVENT 6 - Fleurieu Peninsula, SA - Nov 18, 2017

EVENT 7 - Sunshine Coast, Qld - Dec 9 - 10, 2017

EVENT 8 - Gold Coast, Qld - Jan 10 - 11, 2018

EVENT 9 -Trigg, WA - Jan 27 - 28, 2018

EVENT 10 - Clifton Beach, Tas - Feb 24, 2018