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Tricky conditions Day 1 of GromSearch National Final

Alyssa Lock © Smith/SNSW



Rip Curl GromSearch National Final

Surfing New South Wales
Narrabeen, New South Wales Australia
12 - 16 January 2015

Bumby seas provide both ramps and heartbreak for many

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 January, 2015 - Some of Australia’s best junior surfers kicked off their Rip Curl GromSearch National Final campaigns when the event kicked off today in difficult three-foot waves at North Narrabeen.

Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) set a solid benchmark in the 16-and-under Girls, performing a barrage of massive backhand snaps and slides. The Central Coast surfer made light work of the bumpy wave-faces and consequently posted an impressive 15.56 heat total (out of the possible 20 points), the highest of the morning. As a result, Callaghan booked her spot straight into the quarterfinals bypassing the second round.

Not to be outdone, fellow NSW Central Coast surfer Kirra-Belle Olsson (Avoca, NSW) managed to post a 14.00 heat total to also claim a heat win in the 16-and-under Girls and bypass the second round.

Reef Heazlewood (Moffatt Beach, Qld), Joe Van Dijk (Phillip Island, Vic), Kael Walsh (Yallingup, WA) and Quinn Bruce (Coolangatta, Qld) all claimed impressive wins in their respective 16-and-under Boys heats. All aforementioned surfers performed an eclectic mix of turns to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Victorians Tane Bowden (Jan Juc, Vic) and Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads, Vic) showed they were a force to be reckoned with in the 14-and-under Boys, both notching up heat totals in excess of 14 points.  Mikey Mcdonagh (Lennox Head, NSW) and Tully Wylie (Jan Juc, Vic) will join the aforementioned surfers in the 14-and-under Boys quarterfinals.

Tomorrow's event is expected to kick off at 7.30am. All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.

Current ASP World Tour surfers who have competed in the Rip Curl GromSearch finals include: Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Kolohe Andino (USA), Felipe Toledo (Brazil), Owen Wright (Australia), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Matt Wilkinson (Australia), Tyler Wright (Australia), Stephanie Gilmore (Australia). Malia Manuel (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia), Laura Enever (Australia) and Alana Blanchard (Hawaii).

Throughout the 2014 GromSearch series, surfers have been working towards securing a spot in the National Final with a surfer’s best two event results counting towards their final 2014 GromSearch ratings.

The 16 and under division Champions will go on to represent Australia at the International Rip Curl GromSearch final to be held in 2015. The Champions of the 14’s division will be invited to an elite training camp run by Mick Fanning in early February.

The 2014 Rip Curl GromSearch series is presented by POSCA (Mitsubishi Pencil Australia), with managing partner Surfing Australia and associate partners FireWire surfboards, Shapers Fins and ASL magazine

Ethan Smith

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