Wahu Surfer Grom Comp
Dee Why, New South Wales Australia
22 - 23 February 2014
Max McGuigan takes Under-14 Boys final
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 February, 2014 - Dee Why, Sydney - Choppy wind-blown peaks provided a less-than-ideal canvas for competitors on the final day of the last Wahu Surfer Groms Comp for the 2013/2014 series at Dee Why Beach today. Hunter Winkler made his mark on the Under-8 Mixed division locking in a near perfect 19.00 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) in his round one battle.
Hunter - who is the son of former World Championship Tour surfer Lee Winkler - surfed well beyond his years in the division, linking together a chain of critical manoeuvres with effortless flow and style. Winkler continued to shine right through the semi-finals and finals where he collected several more excellent scoring waves. However, in the Under-8s Mixed final Hunter had to settle for the runner-up spot as Bateau Bay’s Hughie Vaughan collected the scores required to take the overall win.
Cedar Leigh-Jones added another Wahu Surfer Groms Comp win to her already bulging resume of Wahu wins when she claimed the Under-10 Girls division ahead of Kiahni Scott who finished in second position.
Narrabeen’s Kobi Clements used his low centre of gravity to drive himself through multiple powerful turns to take out the Under-10 Boys final. The talented natural-footer had little trouble negotiating the tricky lineup and was able to lock in a series of respectable scores in excess of six points to take out his third Under-10s victory in the 2013/2014 Wahu Surfer Groms Comp series.
Zahli Kelly took a win for Queensland in the Under-12 Girls final smashing out a decent 12-point heat total. The stylish natural-footer seamlessly linked together multiple carves to get the edge over her opponents.
Lennox Chell continued to build on the form he showed yesterday when he surfed in the second round of the Under-12 Boys, notching up a near perfect 9.60 wave score. The Avoca goofy-footer carried the same form through his next rounds, collecting wins in the semi-finals and eventually in the final where he took down an in-form Josh Grange, who finished in second position.
Bodhi Leigh-Jones was able to use the momentum from her sisters Under-10s victory to take the win in the Under-14 Girls. Despite a strong challenge from her fellow contestants, Bodhi proved to be too strong when she locked in an impressive 11.76 heat total.
Max McGuigan’s powerful forehand wraps and fin throws proved to be the lethal weapon against his fellow competitors in the Under-14 Boys final. The powerful Eastern Sydney goofy-footer linked together a chain of technical turns to notch up an extraordinary 17.80 heat total.
As an added bonus for claiming the Under-14s division, both Bodhi and Max received an invite to attend an all-expenses paid, three-day Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre. On land competitors and spectators had the opportunity to win Wahu prizes in beach games like: Crumbed Cutlet challenges, Looney Legs and Cricket Catches.
More news about the 2014/2015 Wahu Surfer Groms Comp Series will be made available in the forthcoming months. The Under-8 is be a mixed division with parent assists, while competition was held in both boys and girls in the Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 divisions.
1 – Max McGuigan (Chifley – NSW)
2 – Nathan Rohr (Cronulla – NSW)
3 – Ryan Donohoe (Narrabeen – NSW)
4 – Wade Clemens (Bateau Bay – NSW)
1 – Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon – NSW)
2 – Nica Frayne (Mona Vale - NSW)
3 – Tessa Berkeley (Surry Hills – NSW)
4 – Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin – Qld)
1 – Lennox Chell (Avoca – NSW)
2 – Josh Grange (Burleigh Heads – Qld)
3 – Joel Vaughan (Bateau Bay – NSW)
4 – Tommy Golsby-Smith (Curl Curl – NSW)
1 – Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin – Qld)
2 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon – NSW)
3 – Lily Macdonald (Freshwater – NSW)
4 – Jasmine Riggs (Curl Curl – NSW)
1 – Kobi Clements (Narrabeen – NSW)
2 – Winter Vincent (Manly – NSW)
3 – Nate Hopkins (Noraville – NSW)
4 – Koda Killorn (Maroubra – NSW)
1 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon – NSW)
2 – Kiahni Scott (Collaroy – NSW)
3 – Ruby Griffiths (Grays Point – NSW)
4 – Anna Chamberlain (Bulli – NSW)
1 – Hughie Vaughan (Bateau Bay – NSW)
2 – Hunter Winkler (Coffs Harbour – NSW)
3 – Jack Macdonald (Freshwater – NSW)
4 – Jake Feher (Matraville – NSW)