After some wet and wild conditions yesterday, the sun showed itself for day two of the Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp presented by Kirra Surf for the junior talent to showcase their surfing in the Duranbah line-up.
The prestigious event, now in its 17th year, is one of the most highly anticipated surfing events on the junior calendar attracting a high calibre of young surfers.
Today we saw all of the event divisions display their surfing in glassy 2-3 foot conditions.
The current Queensland Under 16 Girls State Champion, Jordy Halford (Currumbin, Qld) opened her campaign with a heat win and some near-excellent scores.
“I felt nervous at the start but more relaxed as I got a few waves,” said Halford. “Winning the Queensland State Titles earlier this year definitely gave me confidence going into this event, although it’s a fresh start as there’s people from all over Australia as well as international competitors here.”
Other standout names in the under 16 girls division included Stella Green (Buddina, Qld), Ava Holland (Dromana, Vic) and Sara Hickson (Rye, Vic).
The under 12 boys division went on to hit the water, displaying more impressive surfing. Northern Beaches surfer, Locana Cullen (Avalon, NSW) scored the highest heat total, 18.60 (out of a possible 20), the highest heat score of the event so far.
“Out in the water I couldn’t really hear anything, so when I came in and heard that I got two 9’s I was pretty stoked,” said Cullen. “This heat helped me feel a bit more confident going into the next round and I’m just excited to surf some more fun waves.”
Another notable performance from the 12 and under girls division was Lola Groube (Pauanui Beach, NZ) with a heat total of 13.17.
“I was pretty nervous going into my heat as this is my first time surfing in the Occy’s Grom Comp,” said Groube. “I spent some time watching the waves before my heat to see where the best ones were breaking and in the end I had heaps of fun out there.”
The single highest wave for the day came from under 12 boys competitor, Jaggar Phillips (Maroubra, NSW), scoring a near perfect 9.83.
Competition will kick off again at 7:00 am tomorrow.
Spectators/competitors are encouraged to call the Surfing Queensland events hotline on (07) 3030 6388 for a confirmed location/start time from 6:30 am tomorrow morning.
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The 2022 Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp presented by Kirra Surf is proudly supported by Surfing Queensland, Kustom, JS Industries, Oakberry, Stryker Media, Nixon, Mrs Palmers and Blue Dinosaur.