Rip Curl GromSearch
Surfing Western Australia
Trigg Point, WA
2 - 5 October, 2014
Girls and Boys 19 and under display standout performances
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 October, 2014 - A strong field of surfers from across Australia made the most of punchy 2-3 feet waves at Trigg Beach on the opening day of competition at the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by POSCA. In an exceptional display it was the female competitors who stole the show, battling through strong cross shore winds on a building swell.
The exciting non-elimination round one format unique to the Rip Curl GromSeach saw many standout performances, as surfers went all out in the global event series designed specifically for boys and girls aged 16 and under.
Visiting sister act Bohdi and Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW) led the early charge for the 'wahines' as they locked in impressive round one wins. Bohdi Leigh-Jones has just come off an event win at the recent Rip Curl GromSearch in Cronulla, NSW and surfed impressively in both the 14 & 16 girl's divisions and is exciting to be in WA.
"The waves were a bit challenging, but there are still some good little running waves out there," she said. "I'm feeling pretty confident coming into this event and I'm chasing another good result here in WA."
Local West Australian hopefuls, Bailee Hastie (Gracetown), Phoebe McGregor (Yallingup) and Ella Massie (Margaret River) shone in the 16 Girl's, winning all their heats and advancing to the semi-finals. The South-West trio strung together some of the best combinations of the morning, but it was McGregor's powerful backhand attack that saw her claim the POSCA wave of the day.
"You have to make the most of your opportunities I guess and that wave allowed me to do a couple of nice turns." McGregor said.
In the Boy's divisions, Cyrus Cox (Margaret River), Blake McKinley (Gracetown), Jolan Bonelli (Margaret River) and Ben Spence (Margaret River) all posted big scores and will be ones to watch when competition continues against seeded surfers in round two.
Jolan Bonelli © Surfing WA/Woolacott
In an exciting opening day filled with high scores, frothing grommets, expression session's, POSCA painting, and amazing give-aways awarded, the competitors get to do it all again tomorrow from 7:40am, when 16, 14 and 12 Boy's division will be contested.