Gold Coast, Queensland (Sunday, 22nd November 2020) – Seven individual champions have been crowned today at the Gold Coast leg of the 2020 Woolworths Surfer Grom Comps Series, which was held at the Southport Spit in peaky 2-3ft waves.
Olympic head judge Glen Elliot described the day as “some of the best junior surfing I have ever seen” in what was a fun filled day of action packed grommet action at a postcard day on the Gold Coast.
Burleigh Heads rising star Lucas Deffenti was a notable highlight winning the under 10 boys division before finishing runner up in the under 12 boys shortly after, posting the highest single wave score of the day courtesy of three giant vertical backhand snaps earning him a 9.7.
“I am so hyped. That second turn I did was so big I thought I was going to fall off!” Said Deffenti. “I loved how fun the waves were and also competing against my friends.”
Deffenti would then go on to win the Woolworths Fresh Wave Award for the best and fairest male for his efforts.
It was a fairytale ending for Moffat Beach sensation Hunter Andersson who after placing third in the under 12 boys, went on to win the under 14 boys division with an incredible display of speed, power and flow on all of his scoring rides.
“I am only 11 so it means so much to win the Under 14 boys. Coming up against Landen, Rico and Caden was a real challenge because they are such good surfers. I am so stoked I won!”
Under 14 girls champion Oli Taylor (Peregian Beach) was delighted to claim the win in a stacked final consisting of Jordy Halford (Currumbin), Ocea Curtis (Lennox Headland) and Ava Argyos (Fingal).
“It was such a close final, all of the girls are so good at surfing. Catching that first wave and scoring a 6.17 really set me up for the win. This competition has been so much fun and it’s been the best weekend!”
Other division winners include Max McGillivray (Evans Head), Roxanne Cameron (Miami), Evie Wilson (Sunshine Beach) and Tully Crompton (Gold Coast).
Surfers will now prepare for the final leg of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps, scheduled for the 12th and 13th of December on the Sunshine Coast.
Under 14 Boys
1st: Hunter Andersson (Moffat Beach)
2nd: Caden Francis (Palm Beach)
3rd: Landen Smales (Peregian Beach)
4th: Rico Haybittle (Burleigh Heads)
Under 14 Girls
1st: Oli Taylor (Noosa)
2nd: Jordy Halford (Currumbin)
3rd: Ocea Curtis (Lennox Head)
4th: Ava Arghyros (Kingscliff)
Under 12 Boys
1st: Max Mcgillivray (Evans Head, NSW)
2nd: Lucas Deffenti (Burleigh Heads)
3rd: Hunter Andersson (Moffat Beach)
4th: Caden Francis (Palm Beach)
Under 12 Girls
1st: Roxanne Cameron (Miami)
2nd: Pipi Taylor (Noosa)
3rd: Kauri Heuston-Connor
4th: Indy Slattery (Currumbin)
Under 10 Boys
1st: Lucas Deffenti (Burleigh Heads)
2nd: Zac Johnston (Moffat Beach)
3rd: Sonny Brooke (Marcus Beach)
4th: Louis Taylor (Peregian Beach)
Under 10 Girls
1st: Evie Wilson (Sunshine Beach)
2nd: Navah Holmes (Burleigh Heads)
3rd: Tayla Slattery (Currumbin)
4th: Malia Watson (Tweed Heads, NSW)
Under 8 Mixed
1st: Tully Crompton (Gold Coast)
2nd: Nate Andersson (Moffat Beach)
3rd: Bali Dobson (Broken Head, NSW)
4th: Dare Smith (Suffolk Park)
Woolworths Fresh Wave Awards
Male: Lucas Deffenti (Burleigh Heads)
Female: Ava Arghyros (Kingscliff)
Pic’s Peanut Butter Star Performer Awards
Male: Zac Johnson (Moffat Beach)
Female: Evie Wilson (Noosa)
Woolworths Surf Camp Award
Male: Hunter Andersson (Moffat Beach)
Female: Oli Taylor (Peregian)
2020/2021 Woolworth’s Surfer Groms Comps:
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 1 – Kiama, NSW – Sept 5, 2020
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 2 – Northern Beaches, NSW – Sept 12 – 13, 2020
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 3 – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Sept 26 – 27, 2020
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 4 – Cronulla, NSW – Oct 17 – 18, 2020
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 5 – Clifton Beach, TAS – Oct 31, 2020
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 6 -Trigg, WA – Nov 7 – 8, 2020
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 7 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Nov 14, 2020
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 8 – Gold Coast, QLD – Nov 21 – 22, 2020
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 9 – Torquay, VIC – Dec 12 – 13, 2020
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 10 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Dec 12 – 13, 2020
Surfer Groms Comps – National Final – Surfing Australia HPC, Casuarina, NSW – Jan 28 – 30, 2021
The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps are proudly supported by Pic’s Peanut Butter, Surfing Australia and YETI.
For more information, please visit – www.surfingqueensland.com.au.