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Conditions lag on Day 3 of Rip Curl GromSearch

Zahli Kelly © Roberts/Surfing Queensland



Rip Curl GromSearch

Surfing Queensland
Coolum Beach, Queensland
15 - 18 November 2014

Competition heats up as elimination rounds begin

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 December, 2014 -  As conditions deteriorated on day three of the Rip Curl Grom Search Presented by Posca, competition turned up a notch with competitors now battling it out in elimination rounds.

In one of the most exciting heats at this event has seen, an in form Sophie McCulloch (Alexandra Headland, QLD) posted a 19.97 heat total making this the highest heat total the Rip Curl Grom Search has seen in recent memory.
“This is definitely the highest heat total I’ve ever posted,” Said McCulloch.

“Obviously I would have loved to have scored my first perfect heat but I’m not complaining with the result that I got, especially when I got the scores from my first two waves. Because the 16 and under girls division is stacked with so much talent, it’s hard to rule out anyone from winning this event,” McCulloch continued.

Sophie has guaranteed herself a spot in Friday’s hotly contested semi final against Lucy Callister (Burleigh Heads, QLD), Alyssa Lock (Coolangatta, QLD) and Kirra-Belle Olsen (Copacabana, NSW).

Also proving a standout in day three of competition was Hinata Aizawa (Currumbin, QLD) who progressed not only through his round two heat in the 16 and under boys division but also a heated round three heat against Dextar Muskens (Tweed Heads, NSW), Kai Tandler (Coolangatta, QLD) and Logan Steinwede (Wagstaffe, NSW). Hinata walked away with a second place to Dextar Musken in round three which is all that was required to lock himself in tomorrow’s quarter final.

As things wrapped up towards the end of competition for day three, Laura Poncini (Moffat Beach, QLD) brought her firm backhand surfing to the table defeating local girl Jaleesa Vincent (Coolum Beach, QLD) and young gun Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, QLD) in the 16 and under girls round two. Poncini and Vincent have progressed through to Friday’s stacked semi final.

Classic Catches, Water Flags, Body Surfing and the Posca art wall were just a number activities that were on offer for these frothing grommets with a bunch of winners taking home wallets, leg ropes, towels, bags, hats, shapers Fins and Posca Art Pens.

Competition is set to resume tomorrow at Coolum beach with the 16 and under boys round three first out in the water closely followed by the 16 and under girls round three.

The Australian Rip Curl Grom Search series includes 5 events at key surfing locations around the country followed by a National final at Sydney's famous North Narrabeen. This year the National Final has been expanded to a 3-day event allowing all divisions to surf it out for the National Title. Winners in the 16's division will go on to represent Australia against the rest of the world at the Grom Search International Final.


Cory Roberts

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