Rip Curl GromSearch
Surfing Western Australia
Trigg Point, Western Australia
7 - 8 October 2016
West Oz Rip Curl GromSearch champs crowned off Trigg Point
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 October, 2016 - Trigg Beach - Six new champions have been crowned at the third stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Flight Centre today in Western Australia.
In testing waves off Trigg Point, some of Australia’s best junior surfers made light work of the windswept conditions on offer. Perth’s metropolitan coastline delivered windy and shifty 3-4 feet peaks, allowing competitors to display a full repertoire of committed and progressive manoeuvres.
Ben Spence (Margaret River, WA) found the conditions to his liking, taking victory in the blue-ribbon 16 & Under Boys division. Using a razor sharp forehand attack, Spence was dominant in the 25-minute final posting a heat high 8.33 (from a possible 10), finishing on a combined total of 15.24 (from a possible 20).
Spence was powerful and critical in his approach, disposing of arguably three of the best surfers of the event Seth Van Haeften (Margaret River, WA), Cyrus Cox (Margaret River, WA), and Jamie Thomson (Narrabeen, NSW) in an enthralling top of the table battle.
“I’m use to surfing in windy conditions like this and yeah I’m stoked to have won today,” said Spence. “I haven’t won anything in a while, so it feels even better. ”
Jamaica Selby (Margaret River, WA) was a popular winner in the 16 & Under Girls division, taking down some quality opposition on her way to victory.
In a seesawing battle Selby was able to find the best shaped waves and link together the best combination of turns. Selby defeated Nice Frayne (Mona Vale, NSW), Emma Cattlin (Yallingup, WA) and April McPherson (Mandurah, WA).
“I was happy enough to just the make the final, but to win is unreal,” said Selby. “I want to dedicate this win to my mum and thank everyone for their support.”
Tommy Golsby-Smith (North Narrabeen, NSW) shone in the 14 & Under Boys final using the solid conditions to his favour. Golsby-Smith used his large fame to post a two-wave combined total of 12.20 (from a possible 20) that included a 7.00 and 5.20.
Despite the best efforts of Van Whiteman (Avalon, NSW), Jamie Thomson (Narrabeen, NSW) and Logan Steinwede (Wagstaffe, NSW), it was Golsby-Smith that came out on top in an all New South Wales final.
“It’s been a great weekend and to score some big waves is always good for me given my size,” said Golsby-Smith. “It’s cool to come all the way to WA and end up surfing with the NSW boys.”
Emma Cattlin, (Yallingup, WA) was on fire in the 14 & Under Girls final winning the hotly contested division. Cattlin amassed a combined total of 13.17 (from a possible 20) to surpass Cedar Leigh-Jones (Whale Beach, NSW), Arabelle Gibson (Margaret River, WA) and Maddie Cawood (Margaret River, WA).
“This is my second event of the GromSearch series,” said Cattlin. “I really want to qualify for the National Final and this result really helps me do that.”
Solomon Pogue-Englert (Gracetown, WA) used his smooth and flowing style to notch up a win in the 12 & Under Boys division.
Pogue-Englert battled hard to secure the win, but an excellent heat high score of 8.33 (from a possible 10) saw him finish ahead of inform surfers; Daniel Benedetti (Margaret River, WA), Jay Robinson (Dunsborough, WA) and Jake Hagan (Geraldton, WA).
“It’s been a sick comp, surfing and hanging out with your mates is the best,” said Pogue-Englert. I’m not looking forward to going back to school tomorrow that’s for sure.”
Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW) shares a special connection with Trigg, claiming her third consecutive 12 & Under Girls win in Western Australia.
Proving she’s a star on the rise Leigh-Jones posted the only perfect 10-point ride of the event, finishing on a combined total of 16.70 (from a possible 20). She defeated Zali Hewson (Margaret River, WA), Lilli Cox (Margaret River, WA) and Denva Halden (Mandurah, WA).
“I’ve been to WA a few times now and it’s always been really kind to me,” said Leigh-Jones. “This is the first time it hasn’t been perfect, but I’m thrilled to take the win.”
Jamie Thomson (Narrabeen, NSW) and Cedar Leigh-Jones were awarded the 'Flight Centre Outstanding Performance Awards' for their amazing surfing throughout the event. Jamie Thompson posted the highest combined total of the event (18.17 from a possible 20), while Leigh-Jones’ perfect-10 was the highest individual score of the event.
The Rip Curl GromSearch series started in 1999 as a one-day event at Jan Juc in Victoria. Since then it has developed into the strongest international series for 16 year and under surfers in the world. With parallel Rip Curl GromSearch series in over 10 countries, it has become a crucial stepping stone in the development of elite junior surfers.
Surfers competing in Western Australia are chasing all important points, which count towards the National GromSearch ratings system, allowing surfers from around Australia to compare their results with contemporaries. Leaders on the National Ratings will then qualify for the last event of the series, the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final, to be held at North Narrabeen, NSW on January 16-18, 2017.
The list of previous GromSearch competitors highlights the elite level of competitors that make up the Rip Curl GromSearch series. Current WSL World Tour surfers who have competed in the Rip Curl GromSearch include; Matt Wilkinson (Australia), Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Kolohe Andino (USA), Felipe Toledo (Brazil), Jordy Smith (South Africa), and Nat Young (USA). As well as female surfers; Tyler Wright (Australia), Stephanie Gilmore (Australia), Malia Manuel (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia), Nikki Van Dijk (Australia), and Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii).
16 & Under Boys:
1 – Ben Spence (Margaret River, WA) – 15.24pts
2 – Seth Van Haeften (Margaret River, WA) – 13.70pts
3 – Cyrus Cox (Margaret River, WA) – 12.10pts
4 – Jamie Thomson (Narrabeen, NSW) – 10.70pts
16 & Under Girls:
1 – Jamaica Selby (Margaret River, WA) – 9.44pts
2 – Nica Frayne (Mona Vale, NSW) 6.53pts
3 – Emma Cattlin (Yallingup, WA) – 5.50pts
4 – April McPherson (Mandurah, WA) – 5.17pts
14 & Under Boys:
1 – Tommy Golsby-Smith (North Narrabeen, NSW) – 12.20pts
2 – Van Whiteman (Avalon, NSW) – 10.66ptss
3 – Jamie Thomson (Narrabeen, NSW) – 8.40pts
4 – Logan Steinwede (Wagstaffe, NSW) – 6.20pts
14 & Under Girls:
1 – Emma Cattlin (Yallingup, WA) – 13.20pts
2 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW) – 9.77pts
3 – Arabelle Gibson (Margaret River, WA) – 7.50pts
4 – Maddie Cawood (Margaret River, WA) – 5.50pts
12 & Under Boys:
1 – Solomon Pogue-Englert (Gracetown, WA) - 11.80pts
2 – Daniel Benedetti (Margaret River, WA) – 5.80pts
3 – Jay Robinson (Dunsborough, WA) – 5.10pts
4 – Jake Hagan (Geraldton, WA) – 3.0pts
12 & Under Girls:
1 – Cedar Leigh - Jones (Avalon, NSW) – 16.70pts
2 – Zali Hewson (Margaret River, WA) – 7.84pts
3 – Lilli Cox (Margaret River, WA) – 5.93pts
4 – Denva Halden (Mandurah, WA) – 5.64pts