Champions Crowned at Oceanside GromQuest

Published on 20/03/2023

MIAMI BEACH, QUEENSLAND (19 March, 2023) – Miami Beach came alive today as eight individual champions were crowned at the inaugural Oceanside GromQuest. It was another glorious Gold Coast day with light wind and plenty of waves on offer, creating a dream scenario for the final day of competition.  

Today saw some fierce match-ups in the Under 10 parent-assist divisions all the way through to the Under 16 boys and girls divisions. The finals also moved into a ‘man-on-man’ format to provide more professional competition experience for the young surfers. 

Oceanside Electric Bikes Brand Manager, Luke Boman, said it’s been a positive event, the groms have had a blast and the future of surfing is looking strong. 

“Congratulations to all the competitors and a huge thanks to all the parents for helping make the weekend such a success,” said Boman. “We’re stoked to give back to the community and support the kids. It’s been a pleasure partnering with the Surfing Queensland team to deliver the first Oceanside GromQuest.”

Standout performer in the youngest divisions was eight-year-old Jaya Suhendra,taking out two divisions, Under 10 and 12 Boys. Both of these finals were seesaw battles to the finish, making it a final with parents and spectators at the edge of their seats. 

Top honours in the Under 14 Boys Division went to Monty Mergler who battled Cooper Rielly in a hotly contested final. 

Eliza Richardson continued her winning streak and was victorious in the Under 14 Girls division ahead of Gidget Kowalski.

Saving the best for last, the blue-ribbon Under 16 Boys and Girls concluded the weekend with entertaining performances and a lot at stake. 

Meika Locke put on an outstanding performance in the Under 16 Girls to claim the top spot and the Oceanside Electric Bike. 

“I’m super stoked to have won,” Locke said. “I was nervous but it was definitely fun and all my friends were here so that was good. I’d say this is my biggest win in surfing so far and I can’t wait to ride my e-bike.”

In what was another back-and-forth final, Will Martin took top honours in the Under 16 boys division, scoring a total of 14.83 (out of a possible 20) in the final. He overcame Lachlan Arghyros (14.53)

“I’m over the moon to have won today,” said Martin. “I’ve never really had a prize up for grabs before so to win a bike is epic. It’s been such a fun weekend and I’m super stoked.”

View full results here


Under 10 Girls 

  1. Lulu George
  2. Kobi Lana Partridge
  3. Zaylah Perez

Under 10 Boys

  1. Jaya Suhendra
  2. Flynn Swierczewski
  3. Noa Annand
  4. Gabriel Kenchington

Under 12 Girls

  1. Navah Holmes
  2. Billie Berg

Under 12 Boys

  1. Jaya Suhendra
  2. Max Goold
  3. Jaxxon Sands
  4. Jay Whitfield

Under 14 Girls

  1. Eliza Richardson
  2. Gidget Kowalski

Under 14 Boys

  1. Cooper Riley
  2. Monty Mergler

Under 16 Girls

  1. Meika Locke
  2. Sea White

Under 16 Boys

  1. Will Martin
  2. Lachlan Arghyros

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The Oceanside GromQuest is proudly supported by Oceanside Electric Bikes, Salt Performance Coaching, Futures Fins, DriTimes, We Are Feel Good Inc, QMS Media, and Queensland Government.

About Oceanside Electric Bikes

Oceanside Electric bikes is a Gold Coast-based company, designed for beach and coastal enthusiasts to get outside and explore.

They offer a wide range of electric bikes that are perfect for exploring the beautiful beaches and coastlines of Queensland. Whether you want to cruise along the beachfront, take a leisurely ride on the beach, or explore a scenic trail, Oceanside Electric Bikes are perfect for you.

Designed with comfort, style and adventure in mind, Oceanside is suitable for riders of all ages and skill levels. So, if you’re looking for a fun and eco-friendly way to experience the beaches, look no further. Come start your own journey and fill the void in your life, grab an E-Bike and ride Oceanside.


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