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GromSearch U-16 finalists crowned in Cronulla

Under-16 champs Monty Tait & Holly Wawn © Smith/Surfing NSW

Rip Curl GromSearch
Presented by POSCA

Rip Curl GromSearch Series
North Cronulla Beach, Sydney, Australia 
30 September, 2013

Day three of GromSearch relocates to Wanda Beach

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 September, 2013 : - - The third day of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by POSCA relocated to Wanda Beach today to crown the first batch of finalists across the Under-16 Boys and Girls divisions in tricky one-to-two foot waves.

Monty Tait managed to snatch the win in the Under-16 Boys division throwing down an eclectic mix of turns to dispose of Kalani Ball, Jeames Young and Jackson Giles who finished in second, third and fourth respectively.

The Maroubra natural-footer was given a leg up in the heat, when Giles and Young both scored a double interference due to a mid wave collision. Consequently the door was left wide open for Tait to take the win with a 14.50 heat total (out of a possible ten).

“I’m so happy right now. I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately and I don’t want to jinx it, but to have four good results back-to-back feels awesome,” said Tait. “The waves dropping didn’t worry me too much."

"It was actually pretty similar to the waves I surf at home, so I was actually pretty excited about it. I didn’t even realise the two guys had an interference. I just knew Kalani needed a mid range score, so I just sat on him.”

Despite finishing in the runner-up spot in the Under-16 Boys, Kalani Ball still managed to amaze the crowd over the course of his semi-final and final, throwing down multiple high scoring waves in the nine-point range.

“I would’ve liked a win, but I’m still really stoked Monty got it,” said Ball. “I feel pretty happy to have got the highest wave score in the final, but unfortunately I just couldn’t find a second backup wave.”

Holly Wawn added another feather to her cap taking a convincing win in the Under-16 Girls final. The Newport natural-footer notched up an impressive 16.83 heat total to claim the win ahead of Laura Poncini, Zoe Clarke and Lucy Callister who finished in second, third and fourth respectively.

“It feels great to win this for the second year in a row. Hopefully I can start winning a few more as the year rolls on,” said Wawn. “I knew I had to wait for the sets to get a decent score, so I just stuck to my guns and it all paid off.”

Sunshine Coast surfer Laura Poncini put up a solid challenge in the Under-16 Girls final, but ultimately had to settle for second position. “It would’ve be great to take out the win, but Holly is such a good competitor, so it’s good to see her take it out,” said Poncini.

“I was expecting the vibe in the water to be pretty tense, but it wasn’t too bad. My goal for the rest of the year is to hopefully make the Australian team. I just missed out last year, so I just want to chip away at it this year.”

Under-14’s surfer Reef Hazelwood claimed the POSCA Wave Of The Day in the final heat of the day. The Moffat Beach goofy-footer threw down a wide variety of technical forehand hooks and snaps to nab himself a 9.83 ride and the aforementioned prize.

Surfing NSW CEO Mark Windon managed to catch the majority of the days action and believes the future of Australian surfing is in fine hands.

“The level of surfing in the Rip Curl GromSearch continues to astound me,” said Windon. “Every year the benchmark just gets higher and higher."

"A lot of the competitors in this event are getting ready to hit the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series, and the GromSearch series is the ideal platform to prepare them to tackle it head on.”

On land, participants drew on a designated POSCA colouring wall and also customised their own Rip Curl caps. All results will be available on tonight. Tomorrow’s event is expected to kick off at 7.30 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 2013 Rip Curl GromSearch series is presented by POSCA (Mitsubishi Pencil Australia) with managing partner Surfing Australia and associate partners FireWire Surfboards, Shapers Fins and ASL Magazine.


Under-16 Boys
1 – Monty Tait (Maroubra – NSW)
2 – Kalani Ball (Stanwell Park – NSW)
3 – Jeames Young (Yamba – NSW)
4 – Jackson Giles (Matraville – NSW)

Under-16 Girls
1 – Holly Wawn (Newport – NSW)
2 – Laura Poncini (Moffat Beach – Qld)
3 – Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc – Vic)
4 – Lucy Callister (Palm Beach – Qld)

Source: Surfing New South Whales

Author: Ethan Smith

Tags: GromSearch, Cronulla, Rip Curl

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