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Seven new grom champs crowned at Whale Beach, Sydney

Kiera Buckpitt © Ethan Smith/Surfing New South Wales




Wahu Surfer Groms Comp

Surfing New South Wales
Palm Beach, New South Wales Australia
5 - 6 September 2015

Event one of the Wahu Surfer Groms Comp wraps up in Sydney

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 September, 2015 - Whale Beach, Sydney - The first event of the 2015/2016 Wahu Surfer Groms Comp series saw seven new champions crowned, after a series of entertaining battles in throaty three-foot waves at Whale Beach. The event started in difficult surf as reported earlier on Surfersvillage.

Finn Hill (Avoca) ended his Wahu Surfer Groms Comp campaign in style, locking in a 17.34 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to claim the Under-14 Boys final. The Central Coast natural-footer never lost a heat over the duration of the event and as a result earned himself an invite to attend an all-expenses paid, three-day Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.

Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon) never looked like losing the Under-14 Girls final after she posted an impressive 17.23 heat total, which consequently left all her fellow finalists chasing two-wave combinations of scores to take away her lead. As a result of the win, the Northern Beaches surfer was awarded an invite to attend an all-expenses paid, three-day Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.

Jai Glinderman (Narrabeen) made light work of the difficult conditions, posting an 8.83 scoring ride (out of a possible ten points) in the opening minute of the Under-12 Boys final. Fellow finalists Jarvis Earle (Cronulla), Kobi Clements (Narrabeen) and Sam Cornock (Cronulla) all got within striking distance of the title, but were kept at arms length after Glinderman backed up his previously mentioned ride with a 6.43 wave score.

Kiera Buckpitt (Culburra) made the drive north worthwhile, taking out the Under-12 Girls final. In the relatively low-scoring affair, the South Coast surfer posted a series of respectable scores in excess of four-points, which was enough for her to take the title.

Hughie Vaughan (Bateau Bay) waited until the dying moments of the Under-10 Boys final to clutch the title. After posting a near-perfect 9.6 wave score, the Central Coast surfer was unable to post a second decent score and looked set to hand the title to fellow-finalist Jake Feher (Matraville). However, in the dying minutes of the heat, Vaughan managed to seal the deal with a 7.83 wave score, which left his fellow finalists chasing two-wave combinations to move into the top spot.

Leila Salt (Boomerang Beach) managed to take dual final wins across the Under-10 Girls final, notching up impressive heat totals in excess of 10.00 points. As a result, Salt took the win from Tyla Hurst (Port Kembla) who finished in the runner-up position.

Pheonix Vissher (Highfields) put on a series of impressive performances over the course of the Under-8 Mixed division to claim the title. The natural-footer posted a heat total of 16.1 points, which gave him the edge over his fellow finalists.

The main base for event one of the Wahu Surfer Groms Comp series was Palm Beach with backup locations of Mona Vale, Avalon, Warriewood, Whale Beach and Newport.

The series is one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers. The 10-event program will cater for micro groms from Under 8 through to Under 14 with events in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.

The Under 8 will be a mixed division with parent assists, while competition will be held in both boys and girls in the Under 10 (optional parent assist), Under 12 and Under 14 divisions.

As an added bonus, the respective winners of the Under 14 boys’ and girls’ divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses paid, three-day Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.

Each entrant will also receive a Wahu Surfer Groms Comps t-shirt for entering, plus a Wahu beach product and there will be plenty of beach games and giveaways at each event.

The Wahu Surfer Groms Comps are proudly supported by Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.


Under-8 Mixed
1 – Pheonix Vissher (Highfields)
2  - Will Martin (Coffs Harbour)
3 – Bede Brown (Lake Munmorah)
4 – Manu Elliot (Freshwater)

Under-10 Girls
1 – Leila Salt (Boomerang Beach)
2 – Tyla Hurst (Port Kembla)

Under-10 Boys
1 – Hughie Vaughan (Bateau Bay)
2 – Jake Feher (Matraville)
3 – Daniel Woolley (Minnamurra)
4 – Issac Brown (Lake Munmorah)

Under-12 Girls
1 – Keira Buckpitt (Culburra)
2 – Molly Sheppard (Hardys Bay)
3 – Oceanna Rodgers (Shell Cove)
4 – Gabi Spake (Collaroy)

Under-12 Boys
1 – Jai Glinderman (Narrabeen)
2 – Jarvis Earle (Cronulla)
3 – Kobi Clements (Collaroy)
4 – Sam Cornock (Cronulla)

Under-14 Girls
1 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon)
2 – Lilly McDonald (Freshwater)
3 – Jasmine Riggs (Curl Curl)
4 – Bella Grainger (Collaroy)

Under-14 Boys
1 – Finn Hill (Avoca)
2 – Benny Wilson (Narrabeen)
3 – Arch Whiteman (Avalon)
4 – Chae Conti (Kiama)


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