Wahu Surfer Groms Comp
South Bar Beach, Newcastle
14 - 15 November 2009
Opening Round of Wahu Surfer Groms Comps Wraps up in Newcastle
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 November, 2009 : - - Although not technically summer, the surfing action was hotter than ever in Newcastle over the weekend with the opening event of the nationwide Wahu Surfer Groms Comps wrapping up. Clean 0.5-1m (2-3ft) waves greeted competitors for day two at South Bar Beach, with the regions micro groms stepping it up a gear for some epic final battles.
The under 15 boys division impressed all throughout the quarter and semi finals and despite deteriorating conditions with the freshening southerly wind, this trend continued in the final.
Jack Hall (North Narrabeen, NSW) shot to an early lead after a controversial start to the final with Chris Robertson (Cronulla, NSW) suffering an interference call on the tricky A-Frame peak. Despite this putting Robertson right being the eight ball, he showed composure beyond his years, moving into the lead with two impressive 5 point range scores.
However, the door remained wide open for Robertsons rivals with each only needing mid range scores to overtake him. Bodi Smith (North Narrabeen, NSW) seized this opportunity late in the heat with a solid ride moving him within striking distance but unfortunately time was the enemy and Robertson walked away with the title. Smith finished second, with Jack Hall in third and Harry Muskgrove (Avalon, NSW) in fourth.
Jack Hall : photo PA/Surfing NSW
Im so happy to win here today, exclaimed Robertson. It was a tough event with everyone ripping and to get over the guys with an interference gives me plenty of confidence. The comp was so fun with all the games and prizes and Im really looking forward to the next one at Dee Why next month, continued Robertson.
For his win, Robertson took home an incredible Wahu Beach Games Pack. The Under 15 Girls saw Holly-Sue Coffey (Crescent Head) continue her recent good run of form to win the crown from Kristen Thorne (Noraville, NSW) in second and Cali McDonough (North Curl Curl, NSW) in third.
The Under 13 Boys was a very tightly fought affair but it was Toukleys Ryan Slattery who shone above the pack winning from Elanora Heights surfer Dylan Blades in second, Taj Lukas (Cudmirrah, NSW) in third and Zac McDonnell (Avalon, NSW) in fourth.
The 11 Boys Final was won by Sandon Whittaker (Avoca Beach, NSW), with Mitchell Raymond (McMasters Beach, NSW) in second, Darcy Crump (Avalon, NSW) in third and Zane Clifford (Anna Bay, NSW) in fourth.
Bodi Smith : photo PA/Surfing NSW
The Under 9s Parent Assist Division was an awe inspiring affair with the true micro-grommets of the event displaying surfing ability beyond their years. Winning the title was Mikey McDonough (North Curl Curl, NSW) who dominated the final having his three opponents all needing a combination of scores to overtake him. In second was Kurtis Vaughan (Bateau Bay, NSW) with Finn Askew (South West
Rocks, NSW) in third and Tye Koolis (Maroubra, NSW) in fourth. The Under 15 Boys Bodyboard Division was won by Zac Lukas (Cudmirrah, NSW), with Jett Hobbs (Avalon, NSW) in second, Jackson Baker (Merewether, NSW) in third and Connor Gale (Avalon, NSW) in fourth.
The Wahu Surfer Groms Comps will now move to Ocean Grove, Victoria with event two of the seven-event series kicking off on November 21. The Wahu Surfer Groms Comps are proudly supported by Surfing Australia and its State branches (NSW, VIC, SA, WA and QLD)
Under 15 Boys
1st Chris Robertson (Cronulla)
2nd Bodi Smith (North Narrabeen)
3rd Jack Hall (North Narrabeen)
4th Harry Muskgrove (Newport)
Under 15 Girls
1st Holly-Sue Coffey (Crescent Head)
2nd Kristen Thorne (Noraville, NSW)
3rd Cali McDonough (North Curl Curl, NSW)
Under 13 Boys
1st Sam Bond (Newport) - 10.83
2nd Jackson Baker (Bar Beach) 8.77
3rd Teague Robinson (Avoca Beach) 6.00
4th Luis Stackhouse (Merewether 5.70
Under 13 Girls
1st Olivia Chapman (North Narrabeen) 6.06
2nd Cali McDonough (North Curl Curl) 4.53
3rd Kristen Thorn (Noraville) 3.87
4th Riley Marks (Noraville) 3.37
Under 13 Boys
1st Ryan Slattery (Toukley)
2nd Dylan Blades (Elanora Heights)
3rd Taj Lukas (Cudmirrah)
4th Zac McDonnell (Avalon)
Under 11 Boys
1st Sandon Whittaker (Avoca Beach)
2nd Mitchell Raymond (McMasters Beach)
3rd Darcy Crump (Avalon)
4th Zane Clifford (Anna Bay)
Under 9 Parent Assist
1st Mikey McDonough (North Curl Curl)
2nd Kurtis Vaughan (Bateau Bay)
3rd Finn Askew (South West Rocks)
4th Tye Koolis (Maroubra)
Under 11 Boys
1st Zac Lukas (Cudmirrah)
2nd Jett Hobbs (Avalon)
3rd Jackson Baker (Merewether)
4th Connor Gale (Avalon)
Wahu Surfer Groms Comps Schedule:
November 14-15 2009
November 21-22 2009
Ocean Grove, Victoria
December 5 2009
Glenelg, South Australia
December 12-13 2009
Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland
December 19-20 2009
Northern Beaches, NSW
January 12-13 2010
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
January 23-24 2010
Trigg Point, Western Australia
About Wahu: Wahu... Aussie born & bred and celebrating our 10th year! Founded in 1999 by Brisbane based company Britz Marketing Australasia, Wahu is celebrating its 10th Birthday. Synonymous with beaches across Aus, Wahus product range and brand awareness expands every year with products being sold all over the globe including; South Africa, France, Canada, England, Hong Kong, America and NZ.
Our commitment has been the same since we began; to create quality products that promote healthy outdoor activities for kids and adults alike. Our ongoing commitment is to support Australian organisations and events who promote the same view.
In 2009 we will be continuing our ongoing support to Surf Life Saving Australia by donating our 5th ATV and we are proud to be the major sponsors of the upcoming Wahu Surfer Groms Comps events.
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