Jackson Baker : photo PA/Surfing NSW
Wahu Surfer Grom Comps
Surfing New South Wales
Newcastle, New South Wales
21 - 22 November 2010
Baker and McDonough Victorious at the Wahu Surfer Groms Comp at Newcastle
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 November, 2010 : - - While its technically not yet summer, the surfing action was hotter than ever in Newcastle today with the third event of the nationwide Wahu Surfer Groms Comps series completed today. Clean 0.5m (2 foot) waves greeted competitors for day two at South Bar Beach, with the regions micro groms stepping it up a gear for some epic final battles.
The under 15 boys division impressed all throughout the quarter and semi finals and despite deteriorating conditions with the freshening north east wind, this trend continued in the final.
Division favourite Jackson Baker (Merewether) shot to an early lead with a textbook display of surfing. However high drama ensued when a shark was reportedly sighted closeby causing all competitors to be pulled from the water by contest organisers.
With the beach closed, competition was placed on hold while Surf Lifesavers scoured the line-up on a rubber duck. Once the all-clear was given by the Surf Lifesavers, the boys were back into it and it was Jacob Hooker (Woonona) who used the break in action to his advantage to snatch the lead from Baker.
Luke Hamilton : photo PA/Surfing NSW
Hooker maintained his lead right through until the final two minutes when Baker, who had shown patience beyond his years, stroked onto one of the better waves of the heat. Bakers fluid style saw him obtain the score he needed to reclaim the lead which he then consolidated with a 5.83 in the final minute to take the title. Hooker placed second with Jackson Starling (Avoca Beach) in third and Kieran Conway in fourth.
Im so happy with my win here today, said Baker. it was a tough final especially with the shark citing which kinda psyched me out.
Fortunately I regained my focus and remained patient and I got the score I needed.
Baker, a seasoned competitor by comparison to many of his rivals, particularly likes the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps because of the focus on fun.The Wahu comps are so much fun with all the beach games and water activities like the bodyboards and inflatable rings, I had a great weekend!
Meanwhile, the Under 15 Girls saw Cali McDonough (Lennox Head) continue her recent good run of form to win the crown from Kristen Thorne (Noraville, NSW) who placed second.
The Under 13 Boys was a very tightly fought affair but it was Merewethers Luke Hamilton who shone above the pack winning from North Curl Curl surfer Harley Ross-Webster in second, Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW) in third and Darcy Crump (Avalon, NSW) in fourth.
Sandon Whittaker : photo PA/Surfing NSW
The 11 Boys Final was won by Sandon Whittaker (Avoca Beach, NSW), with Mitchell Raymond (McMasters Beach, NSW) in second, Mikey McDonough (Lennox Head, NSW) in third and Ed Aubrey (Curl Curl, NSW) in fourth.
Meanwhile the Under 11 Girls division was taken out by Lambton surfer Madison Poole over Rylee Harvey (Belmont North) in second.
The Under 9s Parent Assist Division was an awe inspiring affair with the true micro-grommets of the event displaying surfing ability beyond their years. Winning the title was Lennox Chell (Avoca Beach) over Joel Vaughan (Bateau Bay, NSW) in second and Liam Askew (South-West Rocks) in third.
The Wahu Surfer Groms Comps are all about providing a fun, competitive environment with a focus on introducing competitors to the structure of a professionally run surfing contest.
The Series now moves to the Northern Beaches of Sydney with event four of the eight-event series kicking off on December 4. The Wahu Surfer Groms Comps are proudly supported by Surfing Australia and its State branches (NSW, VIC, SA, WA and QLD)
Under 15 Boys
1st Jackson Baker (Merewether)
2nd Jacob Hooker (Woonona)
3rd Jackson Starling (Avoca Beach)
4th Kieran Conway
Under 15 Girls
1st Cali McDonough (Lennox Headl, NSW)
2nd Kristen Thorne (Noraville, NSW)
Under 13 Boys
1st Luke Hamilton (Merewether)
2nd Harley Ross-Webster (North Curl Curl)
3rd Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW)
4th Darcy Crump (Avalon, NSW)
Under 11 Boys
1st Sandon Whittaker (Avoca Beach)
2nd Mitchell Raymond (McMasters Beach)
3rd Mikey McDonough (Lennox Head)
4th Ed Aubrey (Curl Curl)
Under 11 Girls
1st Madison Poole (Lambton)
2nd - Rylee Harvey (Belmont North)
Under 9 Parent Assist
1st Lennox Chell (Avoca Beach)
2nd Joel Vaughan (Bateau Bay)
3rd Liam Askew (South West Rocks)
For full results, news and photos, go to surfingnsw.com.au or checkout Surfing NSW on Facebook
2010/11 Wahu Surfer Groms Comps Series Details:
Event 1 November 6-7, 2010 Trigg Point, WA
Event 2 November 13-14, 2010 Ocean Grove, VIC
Event 3 November 20-21, 2010 Newcastle, NSW
Event 4 December 4-5, 2010 Curl Curl, NSW
Event 5 December 11-12, 2010 Gold Coast, QLD
Event 6 December 18-19, 2010 Cronulla, NSW
Event 7 January 11-12, 2011 Sunshine Coast, QLD
Event 8 January 22-23, 2011 Moana Beach, SA
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