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Big action at Wahu Surfer Groms Comp, Newcastle

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 it’s 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 region’s ‘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. Baker’s 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.

“I’m 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 Merewether’s 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 it’s State branches (NSW, VIC, SA, WA and QLD)

Final Results:

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)

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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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