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Groms go wild like the wind at Dee Why contest

Bodhi Leigh-Jones © Smith/NSW



Wahu Surfer Grom Comp

Surfing Australia
Dee Why, Sydney Australia
22 - 23 February 2014

Final event of the season goes down in blustery conditions

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 February, 2014 - Dee Why, Sydney - The final Wahu Surfer Groms Comp for 2013/2014 kicked off today in windy one-to-two foot peaks at Dee Why Beach. After taking out second place in the recent Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage, Max McGuigan continued to shine using a variety of sharp frontside carves and hooks to nab himself an impressive 7.67 scoring wave (out of a possible 10 points) in the Under-14 Boys.

Lachlan Forster proceeded to follow Max’s lead one heat later when he went onto lock in an 8.67 wave score for a flurry of powerful snaps. As a result, Forster moved to the top of the morning’s leader-board. Other winners in the Under-14 Boys included Kurtis Vaughan, Nathan Rohr, Ryan Donohoe, Riley Lee, Adam Varvaress, Wade Clemens and Jasper Bartlett.

Burleigh’s Josh Grange used his critical forehand repertoire to positive effect in his Under-12 Boys heat, successfully locking in the highest wave score of the division: a 7.83. Due to his aforementioned performance, Grange moved to the top spot on the Under-12 Boys leader-board ahead of Central Coast surfers Joel Vaughan and Lennox Chell who are currently sitting in second and third respectively.

Other winners in the Under-12 Boys included Chae Conti, Nat Watts, Axel Rose-Curotta, Jamie Thompson and Oliver Bolton. Bodhi Leigh-Jones flew the flag for the Northern Beaches locals, claiming an impressive win in the Under-14 Girls. The Avalon local locked in a 7.10 wave score for an array of critical forehand manoeuvres.

Not to be outdone, Queensland’s Zahli Kelly went a small step further when she locked in a 7.67 in her Under-14 Girls heat. The talented natural-footer threw down a wide variety of stylish forehand carves and hooks to net herself the score. Consequently, Zahli currently sits on top of the Under-14 Girls leader-board.

On land competitors and spectators had the opportunity to win Wahu prizes in beach games like: Crumbed Cutlet challenges, Looney Legs and Cricket Catches.

The final day of the event is expected to commence at either Dee Why or Curl Curl tomorrow morning at 7.30am. All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.

The Under-8 will be a mixed division with parent assists, while competition will be held in both boys and girls in the Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 divisions.

As an added bonus, the respective winners of the Under-14 Boys’ and Girls’ divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses paid, three-day Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.

Ethan Smith

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