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Aussie groms swarm Wollongong for Wahu event

Leo Cross © Renee Miller / Surfing Australia


Wahu Surfer Groms Comp

Surfing New South Wales
Wollongong, New South Wales
4 - 5 February 2012

Wollongong welcomes Wahu for the final event of the series

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 February, 2012 : - - Summer was out in force at North Wollongong today as over 100 WAHU grommets covered the beach, the final event in the National WAHU Surfer Groms Comp Series was a hit. Drawing kids from Ulladulla in the south and as far north as Tweed Heads, the light winds and ENE swell provided nice little 2 foot waves for over 100 surfers on the pristine beaches.

Making the most of the smaller swell and showing just how talented they are was the micro groms, with under 9, under 11 and under 13 divisions taking centre stage the older competitors were kept on their toes. In a 5 man packed heat young Leo Cross (Narrabeen) threw out his best moves in the pristine morning conditions, taking 1st place with fellow U13 boys Luke Wrice (Coledale), Marlon Newling (Avalon) and Joel Wood (Stanwell Park) who also placed 1st in their heats.

“It was pretty hard out there it’s small, but I just had to get as many waves as I could. It’s not like other comps with a 20 minute heat (WAHU is 15 minutes) but this way I get to surf twice, I like it that way”, said Cross of the format which allows all surfers to surf twice before they are knocked out... The best part is surfing against so many kids from all over NSW, I don’t usually get to surf with so many good surfers and everyone is great, we have so much fun,” said Cross.

Leo’s younger brother Malachi surfed earlier in the day in the under 11 boys, placing 2nd in his heat to Tye Koolis (Maroubra). Malachi made the most of the fun out of the water and was a star player in the Classic Catches with Wombat on the beach. WAHU Wombat made sure there was no energy left in any of the groms, with the cricket, soccer games, zip pack arrow packs and the all time favourite Crumbed Cutlet out in force it was a solid day of activity.

The micro groms continued to perform, under 11 standouts in the boys were Jay brown (Lilli Pilli), who scored an impressive 8.33, Karne Blackwell (Helensburgh), Joshua Pepper (Stanwell Park) and Shae Conti (Kiama) who took to the air and was the envy of his competitors.
The girls surfing of the day was strong, as Billie Melinz (Coalcliff) and Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads) went wave for wave in not only the under 13 division, but both girls stepped up and competed in the under 15’s placing first and second. Alyssa 1st in the 15’s and Billie 1st in the 13’s with an impressive 13.33.

A favourite of every WAHU surfer Groms Comp is the under 9’s parent assist, which has kids take to the water for their first taste at competition surfing. Dads are usually the assistant and are allowed to push their grommets onto the waves for a feeling that sticks with them for life.

The event will continue tomorrow at North Woolongong if swell is consistent, but please check the hotline 0458 247 212 for exact venue by 6:45 am as competition starts at 7:45am. Under 15 boys and girls, under 13 boys and girls, under 11 boys and girls and under 9 boys and girls parent assist will be in the water having a blast.


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Source: Surfing New South Wales

Author: Renee Miller / Surfing New South Wales

Tags: Groms, Wahu, New South Wales

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