Billabong Occy's Grom Comp
Billabong Occy's Grom Comp
Duranbah, Queensland’s Gold Coast
28 June - 3 July, 2014
Occy crowns talented groms in Duranbah
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 July, 2014 - Surfing legend Mark “Occy” Occhilupo has had a life-long affinity with the ocean, making a career of whatever has been thrown his way, but today the sporting legend kept his feet dry, instead keeping an eye over dozens of young grommets who took to the water for the finals day of the contest held in his legacy.
The blue ribbon 16 and under boys saw a thickened Duranbah beach applaud for the final that scored one of the highest heat totals between two competitors of the event.
In a tactical battle, it was Quinn Bruce (Coolangatta, QLD) who proved his strategy with utilising priority in the final minutes would set an advantage and see him through to victory against Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW) for the 11th annual Billabong Occy’s Grom comp, Presented by Breaka.
From the 16 and under girls it was Holly Coffey (Coolangatta, QLD) and Billie Mellinz (Coalcliff, NSW) finishing in respective positions.
With the level of talent shining from the 14 and under division (both girls and boys), event official Adam Yates says “The difference between the skill level of the 14 and under grom’s to the sixteen’s incomparable”.
From the 14 and under boys it was Caleb Tancred (Avoca Beach, QLD) and Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW) who made the coveted final with Caleb taking the acclaimed first place.
It was a close fought contention between Macy Gallagher (Avoca Beach, NSW) and Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, QLD) who exchanged positions between first and second with Gallagher getting the better of the exchange scoring her two best waves in the final five minutes, putting all competitors in a combination situation.
In the 12 and under boys it was Codie Jeffrey (Newhaven, VIC) who convincingly won his finals heat against Ethan Stocks (Korora, NSW), Kian Martin (Canggu, Bali) and Beau Buckpitt (Culburra Beach, NSW) respectively. The young Newhaven grommet held his form from the get go, holding the lead through the full 25 minute final.
In addition to the excitement generated from the finals of the Billabong Occy’s Grom comp, Presented by Breaka, the 16 and under boys put on 25 minutes of entertaining aerial manoeuvre as the finals commenced for the Kustom Mini Air Strike.
Spectators arrived thick and fast lining Duranbah’s southern rock wall to witness the highly respected competition. In the end, it was Harley Ross-Webster scoring an 8.33 (out of a possible 10) which was enough for him to take out the $1000 prize purse as well as etching his name alongside world tour surfers such as John John Florence and Chippa Wilson who have also competed in the well known event.
Kirra surf will host the awards presentation for the Billabong Occy’s Grom comp, Presented by Breaka at 4pm this afternoon where winners will be crowned and loads of prizes to be given away.
1st Quinn Bruce (Coolangatta, QLD)
2nd Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW)
1st Holly Coffey (Coolangatta, QLD)
2nd Billie Mellinz (Coalcliff, NSW)
1st Caleb Tancred (Avoca Beach, QLD)
2nd Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW)
1st Macy Gallagher (Avoca Beach, NSW)
2nd Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, QLD)
3rd Piper Harrison (Mt Eliza, VIC)
4th India Robinson (Jan Juc, VIC)
1st Codie Jeffrey (Newhaven, VIC)
2nd Ethan Stocks (Korora, NSW)
3rd Kian Martin (Canggu, Bali)
4th Beau Buckpitt (Culburra Beach, NSW)
Kustom Mini AirstrikeWinner – Harley Ross-Webster (North Curl Curl, NSW)
Highest Heat TotalWinner – Noro Kairi (Osaka, Japan) (18.83 out of a possible 20)
The Billabong Occy's Grom Comp, presented by Breaka is proudly supported by SeaFm, Southern Cross Ten, Surfing Life Magazine, Kustom, Kirra Surf, JS Surfboards, Fast Proof Press, Vonzipper, SupaGlu and Surfing Queensland.