Finalists Decided on Day Three of Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp

Published on 03/07/2023

The stage has been set for the final day of competition at the Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp after a massive day of surfing as all divisions hit the two-to-three foot waves to vye for a position in tomorrows finals. 

The iconic Snapper Rocks as their canvas, Australia’s most talented groms have set the benchmark high for an exciting conclusion to the prestigious event. Despite the low tide and somewhat challenging conditions, these groms proved why they are the best in Australia, executing advanced manoeuvres with precision and flair. 

As the tide drained out, the competitors moved down the point to surf their Quarterfinal rounds and to decide the final surfers for each division. 

It was fireworks in the Under 12 divisions, with the young competitors lighting up the point. Competitors to watch tomorrow in the under-12 girls and boys finals include, Navah Holmes (Tugun, QLD), Leihani Kaloha Zoric (Lennox Heads, NSW), Brandon Davidson (Coolangatta, QLD), and Jasper Glossop (Bali, Indonesia).

Holmes said her strategy has just been to wait for the sets which fortunately paid off. “It’s so great having priority out at Snapper because you can choose which wave you want to take,” said Holmes. “I’d love to make it through to the final tomorrow and it’s a huge goal of mine to take the win.”

One of the standouts of the Under 16 Boys division, receiving the highest heat total of the division and securing his spot in tomorrow’s finals is Western Australian surfer, Maverick Wilson (Dunsborough, WA). Wilson said he’s got more to give and is looking forward to competing tomorrow.

“The waves are different to home but it’s always a good experience competing over here on the East Coast,” said Wilson. “I’m hoping the waves increase overnight so I can showcase my full potential but either way it’s still heaps of fun and incredible surfing Snapper with no one else out. 

Three times World Champion and Creatures of Leisure athlete, Mick Fanning, paid a visit to the competitors wishing them luck in the competition and encouraging them to enjoy the experience of surfing Snapper in a competition setting with no one else out.

“It was a great choice to relocate the event to Snapper, it’s such an iconic break and the banks are incredible at the moment,” said Fanning. “It’s not every day you get to surf Snapper with no one else out. I wish the swell was bigger but the kids are so small they can make anything work.”

Other standout names of the day include Quincy Symonds (Tweed Heads, NSW), Mitchell Peterson (Noosa Heads, QLD), and Talia Tebb (Avoca Beach, NSW).

As the sun sets on an exciting day of competition, the anticipation grows for the final day of the Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp which is set to commence at 7:30am tomorrow. The champions crowned tomorrow will add their names to the impressive list of previous champions including professional surfing icons such as Tyler Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons, Ryan Callinan, Macy Callaghan and Isabella Nichols.

There is a live webcast throughout the whole four-day event window with an all-star cast comprising of Vaughan Blakey, Stace Galbraith, Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, and Lilliana Bowrey, plus special guests throughout the event. 

Click here to see the full results from today. 

The Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp is proudly supported by Snapper Rocks Boardriders Club, Kirra Surf, JS Industries, Sun Bum, Creatures of Leisure, Surf Lakes, S&S Group, Mophie, Kustom Footwear, Rainbow Bay Surf Club & Stryker Media.


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