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Four new champs crowned at Sydney Grommet Challenge

Under 14 Boys division winners © Smith/SNSW




Sydney Grommet Challenge

Manly Beach, Sydney New South Wales
27 February 2016

Ben Walsh, Kirra-Belle Olsson, Winter Vincent and Sage Goldbury shine

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 February, 2016 - The inaugural Australian Open of Surfing Sydney Grommet Challenge saw a day of non-stop excitement, with four new champions crowned after a series of exciting finals in picturesque four-foot waves at Manly Beach. 

Ben Walsh (Curl Curl, NSW) ensured a title would remain on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, claiming the Under-16 Boys final. The local surfer peaked perfectly in the blue-ribbon battle, catching a handful of punchy waves that allowed for a variety of beautiful manoeuvres. Runner-up Finn Hill (Avoca, NSW) showed moments of brilliance and remained within striking distance of taking the title, however Hill failed to clock up the required 6.91 wave score (out of a possible ten points) needed to take the win.

Kirra-Belle Olsson (Avoca, NSW) couldn’t start her Under-16 Girls final any better, catching an excellent wave in the opening minutes to deliver a series of critical turns and collect an 8.33 wave score. The Central Coast goofy-footer showed no signs of slowing down over the course of the 20-minute final, posting a handful of more respectable scores, which put her opposition on the ropes, requiring excellent scores and two-wave combinations in excess of 14.84 to take the lead.

Winter Vincent (Manly, NSW) shut the door on his opposition in the opening minutes of the Under-14 Boys, nailing a series of excellent wave scores in excess of 7.50. Vincent put himself in the perfect position over the entirety of the 20-minute affair, putting pressure on his opposition and leaving his closest rival Codie Jeffery (Phillip Island, Vic) requiring a near-perfect 9.64 wave score to steal the top-spot.

Sage Golsbury (Cape Woolamai, Vic) made her journey to Sydney worthwhile, taking out a nail-biter of a final in the Under-14 Girls. Golsbury and Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW) both remained in striking distance of the title and in the dying seconds of the final, Leigh-Jones was able to clock a 7.73 wave score, which fell slightly short of the score required for her to take the crown. When the final hooter sounded, Golsbury took the title by a 0.27 margin.

Former World Surf League (WSL) World Championship Tour (CT) surfer and local North Steyne Boardriders member Dayyan Neve (Manly) earned himself a wildcard into the upcoming Australian Open of Surfing Qualifying Series (QS) event thanks to taking out the local trials event. Neve notched up a 14.33 heat total to take the victory ahead of fellow North Steyne Boardriders member Beau Mitchell.


Under-16 Boys
1 – Ben Walsh (Curl Curl, NSW) -14.4
2 – Finn Hill (Avoca, NSW) – 13.67
3 – Jay Brown (Cronulla, NSW) – 9.44
4 – Arch Whiteman (Avalon, NSW) – 5.27

Under-16 Girls
1 – Kirra-Belle Olsson (Avoca, NSW) – 14.83
2 – Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW) – 11.30
3 – Tru Starling (Collaroy, NSW) – 6.43
4 – Anne Dos-Santos (Dee Why, NSW) – 5.84

Under-14 Boys
1 – Winter Vincent (Manly, NSW) – 16.80
2 – Codie Jeffery (Phillip Island, Vic)
3 – Jarvis Earle (Cronulla, NSW)
4 – Saxon Reber (Beacon Hill, NSW)

Under-14 Girls
1 – Sage Golsbury (Cape Woolamai, Vic) – 13.93
2 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW) – 13.66
3 – Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, Vic) – 11.00
4 – Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW) – 9.40

Local Trials
1 – Dayyan Neve (North Steyne)
2 – Beau Mitchell (North Steyne)
3 – Austin Ware (Queenscliff)
4 – Jarrod Sullivan (Queenscliff)

Ben Walsh, Kirra-Belle Olsson, Winter Vincent, Sage Goldbury, Surfing New South Wales, Groms, Australian Open of Surfing
Ethan Smith

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