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Wanda Beach gets Goooood for GromSearch

Reef Heazlewood, Under-16 Boys winner © Surfing NSW / Hollman
Reef Heazlewood, Under-16 Boys winner © Surfing NSW / Hollman




Rip Curl GromSearch

Surfing New South Wales
Wanda Beach, Cronulla 
2 - 5 October, 2014 

Reef Heazlewood hits heat high in Under-16 Boys final

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 October, 2014 - Wanda Beach, Cronulla - Finalists in the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Posca were greeted by near perfect three-foot waves today at Wanda Beach. Reef Heazlewood (Moffat Beach, Qld) surfed a near perfect final in the Under-16 Boys, locking in a perfect ten-point ride on a rare lefthander.

Heazlewood opened up with a series of massive forehand carves and a technical roundhouse cutback to post the score and get the edge over his opposition. Zane Clifford put up a valiant fight, but ultimately had to settle for second position. As a result of the perfect wave Heazlewood was also awarded the Posca Wave of the Day.

 “This is my second win in as many events,” said Heazlewood. “I’m so stoked I travelled down here and took out the event. I won the Victorian event and now this one puts me on top of the ratings. I’m going to focus on the Sunshine Coast event now and hopefully get another result. Last year in Cronulla I got a second in the Under-14 Boys, so I’m happy to take away another good result at the same beach.”

Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) continued to build on the great form she showed in earlier rounds, taking the win in the Under-16 Girls. Callaghan attacked the final head on, throwing down a variety of strong forehand turns to edge out Billie Melinz (Coalcliff, NSW) who claimed the runner-up spot. Macy also took out the Rising Star award for her overall performance in the division. 

Max Mcguigan’s (Chifley, NSW) smooth and powerful lines allowed him to post a solid 9.00 ride (out of a possible ten points) in the Under-14 Boys final and get the upper hand over his fellow finalists. Mcguigan’s devotion to throwing down big turns on big sections was another advantage as he took the final from Mikey Mcdonagh (Lennox Head, NSW), Jackson Roberts (Bateau Bay, NSW) and Keanu Miller (Bulli, NSW) who finished in second, third and fourth respectively.

The Under-14 Girls saw all four finalists engage in a tight battle, however Bodhi Leigh-Jones’ (Avalon, NSW) ability to seamlessly link together solid hooks gave her an edge over her opponents as she claimed the top spot on the dais.

Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, Vic) continued to blow the minds of the judges and spectators as he claimed the Under-12 Boys final. The Victorian surfer performed an eclectic mix of turns to lock in an impressive 13.33 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) and take the highly competitive division. Huxtable also took out the Firewire Outstanding Performance Award for his dominance in the division.

Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, Qld) surfed well beyond her years in the Under-12 Girls final, throwing down a variety of stylish forehand carves. The Queensland surfer managed to lock in a heat total of 16.67, which left her fellow finalists chasing a series of solid scores to usurp her lead.

Under-12 Boys surfer Logan Steinwede (Wagstaffe, NSW) joined fellow Central Coast surfer Macy Callaghan as the Boys Rising Star prize-winner. Dextar Muskens (Tweed Heads, NSW), Noah Kearney (Caloundra, Qld) and Piper Harrison (Mt Eliza, Vic) all took out the Posca Expression Session.

Working in conjunction with Surfing Australia, the Rip Curl GromSearch includes boys' and girls' divisions in 16 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under. The series includes a National Ratings system, which will be used to qualify surfers for the National Final at North Narrabeen.
The main event location was North Cronulla Beach with Wanda Beach, Elouera Beach, South Cronulla Beach and Sandshoes all back up options during the event. Fitness First at Cronulla provided all competitors with fitness equipment over the course of the event.

Current ASP World Tour surfers who have competed in the Rip Curl GromSearch finals include: Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Kolohe Andino (USA), Felipe Toledo (Brazil), Owen Wright (Australia), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Matt Wilkinson (Australia), Tyler Wright (Australia), Stephanie Gilmore (Australia). Malia Manuel (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia), Laura Enever (Australia) and Alana Blanchard (Hawaii).
The 2014 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.

U16 Boys
1st – Reef Heazlewood (Moffat Beach, Qld)
2nd – Zane Clifford (Boat Harbour, NSW)
3rd – Nathan Martin (Cronulla, NSW)
4th – Darcy Crump (Avalon, NSW)

U16 Girls
1st – Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW)
2nd – Billie Melinz (Coalcliff, NSW)
3rd – Kobi Enright (Tweed Heads, NSW)
4th – Lucy Callister (Palm Beach, Qld)

U14 Boys
1st – Max Mcguigan (Chifley, NSW)
2nd – Mikey Mcdonagh (Lennox Head, NSW)
3rd – Jackson Roberts (Bateau Bay, NSW)
4th – Keanu Miller (Bulli, NSW)

U14 Girls
1st – Bodhi Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW)
2nd – Piper Harrison (Mt. Eliza, Vic)
3rd – Kirra-Belle Olsson (Copacabana, NSW)
4th – Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, Qld)

U12 Boys
1st – Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, Vic)
2nd – Ethan Stocks (Korora, NSW)
3rd – Logan Steinwede (Wagstaffe, NSW)
4th - Beau Buckpitt (Culburra, NSW)

U12 Girls
1st - Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, Qld)
2nd – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW)
3rd – Sage Goldsbury (Cowes, Vic)
4th – Lily Smith (Kincumber, NSW)

EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - September 20-22, 2014 
EVENT 2 - Cronulla, NSW - October 2-5, 2014
EVENT 3 - Trigg Point, WA - October 10-12, 2014
EVENT 4 - Yorkes Peninsula, SA - November 15-16, 2014
EVENT 5 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - December 15 -19, 2014
NATIONAL FINAL - North Narrabeen, NSW - January 12 -14, 2015

Ethan Smith

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