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Groms go wild at Occy's event held at Duranbah

Kian Martin, Surfing legend Mark “Occy” Occhilupo, Billabong Occy's Grom Comp
Kian Martin © Cory Roberts/Surfing Queensland


Billabong Occy's Grom Comp

Billabong Occy's Grom Comp
Duranbah, Queensland’s Gold Coast
28 June - 3 July, 2014

Kids flare at 11th Annual Billabong Occy's Grom Comp

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 June, 2014 - Gold Coast Coast, Queensland - 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 his own son Jay Occhilupo and dozens of other young grommets who took to the water on Day 1 of the contest held in his legacy.

Jay Occhilupo (Coolangatta, QLD) wasted no time in the early stages of competition securing his two highest scores which saw him defeat local prodgies Keo Bartholomew (Coolangatta, QLD), Luke Vidler (Coolangatta, QLD) and Lucas Zions (Coolangatta, QLD) respectively in a tightly contested opening round. A heat total of 11.00 (out of a possible 20) was all it took for Occhilupo to lock in a round two position in the 12 and under boys.

Also showcasing an impressive level of talent was international phenomenon Kian Martin (Denpasar, Bali) who demonstrated an array of high performance manoeuvrers not only advancing him through to the second round but also grabbing the close attention of spectators and rival competitors. 

As conditions proved challenging through the later stages of day one, both India Robinson (Jan Juc, VIC) and Macy Callaghan (Avoca Beach, NSW) saw the variable conditions as no obstacle both concluding their 14 and under girls round one heats with first place finishes. The action was not only limited by competition in the water as a flood of grommets took to the beach in a heated match of crumbed sausage.

Prizes were given to the most enthusiastic grommets who doused themselves in sand from head to toe. Running in conjunction with the 16 and under boys final will be the Kustom Mini Strike which will see stakes within the blue ribbon final skyrocket as competitors turn to major aerial manoeuvres for their chance at cracking the $1000 winner takes all prize purse.

The 2014 Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp, presented by Breaka will be based at Duranbah on Queensland’s Gold Coast from Saturday 28th June to Thursday 3rd July. 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.


Cory Roberts

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