Wahu Surfer Groms Comp
Wahu Surfer Groms Series
Trigg Point, WA, Australia
23 -24 November, 2013
WA Grommets Take Over Trigg Beach For Wahu Weekend
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 November, 2013 - The fourth stop of the nationwide Wahu Surfer Groms Comps opened with a bang at Trigg Beach today, with close to 100 up-and-coming grommets making the most of small summer surf in a quest to reach tomorrows finals.
Hoards of micro-groms along with all-day wetty wearers battled it out across seven separate divisions ranging from Under-8 through to Under-14 boys and girls. In event that caters especially for younger surfers, the Wahu Surfer Groms today saw a packed beach of stoked grommets enjoying the thrill of the sport.
WA’s next generation of emerging surfing talent shone in the U-14 boys division providing the morning highlights. Surfers showed commitment and desire as they aimed to capture the Wahu title and attend an all expenses paid, three-day Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre in northern NSW.
Past winner of the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps and former local, Josh Cattlin (Yallingup) made it clear he was here for business, posting a 9.50 (from a possible ten) on his way to impressive round 1 victory. “Attending the camp last year, has helped my surfing so much and I’m keen to get back there again.” Said Cattlin.
He was joined in the winners circle by Ben Spence (Margaret River), Josh Stanton (Kalbarri) Cyrus Cox (Margaret River), Ben Gradisen (Margaret River) and Fletcher Llanwarne (Sorrento) who all looked in tune with the Perth beaches early.
The U-14 girls division was also an eye catching affair with WA State Champion April McPherson (Mandurah) looking in fine touch prior to attending her first Australian Titles in Kiama, NSW next week. McPherson will match up against South-West surfers Emma Cattlin (Yallingup), India Willcox (Margaret River) and Annabelle Jones (Margaret River) in tomorrow’s final.
In an event which promotes healthy outdoor fun through games, surfing and competitions, record numbers of new or first time surfers pulled on a coloured rash vest in the U-10 and U-8 parent assist division.
“It has been such a great day! Surfing with my friends and playing games it doesn’t get much better than this.” Said 9 year old Dexter Payenberg from Palmyra.
The unique Wahu leaderboard system will see surfers compete again tomorrow before finalists are decided. “We saw heaps of groms going for broke today.” Said Surfing WA high performance coach and event commentator Mark Clift. “The leaderboard keeps things a bit more dynamic for the first time players.”
Small summer conditions are set to continue tomorrow with competition set to resume at Trigg Beach from 7:40am. Get down early as there will be plenty more surfing, fun, shenanigans, and beach games on offer for the groms and parents.