Junior Surfing Stars Set to Shine on the Gold Coast For The QLD Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series Opener

Published on 17/11/2020

Gold Coast, Queensland (Tuesday, 17th November, 2020) Queensland’s next generation of surfing superstars are set to compete in this weekend’s Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp on the Gold Coast. 

Attracting over 80 frothing grommets, event nine of the Woolworths Surfer Groms series will see fun and friendly surfing action from under 8 parent assist all the way through to the under 14 boys and girls divisions. 

With 2-3 feet of easterly swell and light winds predicted, this weekend is shaping up to be an awesome playground for Queensland’s best junior surfers. 

Headlining the Under 14 boys division, Rico Haybittle (Burleigh Heads) and Landen Smales (Peregian Beach) will go head to head after finishing first and second respectively in the 2020 Queensland Titles. 

“I had so much fun competing against Rico and the other boys at the QLD Titles. We all really pushed each other’s surfing. Rico beat me on a countback after the two events so I am really excited to get to surf and compete against him again as well as all of the other awesome surfers in our division.” 

Landen Smales is looking forward to the weekend.

Under 14 QLD Champion Jordy Halford (Currumbin) is in great form after placing second in the MNM Critter Comp on Saturday. 

“I was stoked to get second at the MNM Critter Comp on the weekend and I really enjoyed surfing against the older girls. I am looking forward to surfing again this weekend, the Woolworths Surfer Grom Comps are always so much fun.” 

Jordy Halford fresh off a runner up finish in the MNM Critter Comp

Other exciting match ups to keep an eye on include the under 12 male duo of Hunter Andersson (Moffat Beach) and Lucas Deffenti (Miami) who both surf well beyond their years while the under 12 girls will feature the QLD podium of Laney Stokes (Buddina), Pipi Taylor (Peregian Beach)Kauri Hewston Connor (Burleigh Heads) and Roxanne Cameron (Burleigh Heads)

The weekends heat draw will be made available on Thursday and can be viewed on both live heats and the Surfing Queensland website. 

The Woolworths Surfer Groms event is mobile on the Gold Coast with competitors encouraged to call the event hotline (07 3030 6388) each morning of the event to determine the official location and running schedule. 

About the 2020 Woolworths Surfer Grom Comp Series:

Australia’s Fresh Food People – Woolworths is proud to partner with Surfing Australia as the naming rights sponsors of the 2020 Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps.

In 2020 the national series consists of ten events which will hit the shores of every State and will once again deliver a fun and friendly introduction to surf competition.

The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps cater for the mini, micro groms (U/8) to the big kids alike (U/14) of any level, and is all about providing a fun, but competitive environment. 

Each entrant will receive a YETI event item for entering. 

As an added bonus, the respective winners of the Under 14 boys’ and girls’ divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses-paid, three-day Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps National Final Surf Camp, (1-day coaching clinic, 2 days of competition and heat analysis coaching) at the Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC). 

Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps 2020 Series Schedule:

EVENT 1 – Kiama, NSW – Sept 5 – 6, 2020 

EVENT 2 – Northern Beaches, NSW – Sept 12 – 13, 2020 

EVENT 3 – Cronulla, NSW – Sept 19 – 20, 2020 

EVENT 4 – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Sept 26 – 27, 2020 

EVENT 5 – Torquay, VIC – Oct 24 – 25, 2020 

EVENT 6 – Clifton Beach, TAS – Oct 31, 2020

EVENT 7 -Trigg, WA – Nov 7 – 8, 2020

EVENT 8 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Nov 14, 2020 

EVENT 9 – Gold Coast, QLD – Nov 21 – 22, 2020 

EVENT 10 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Dec 12 – 13, 2020 

National Final – Surfing Australia HPC, Casuarina QLD – Dec 18 – 20, 2020 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and Surfing Australia’s commitment to comply with all State and Federal regulations, series dates are subject to change at any time.

For more information, please visit – www.surfingqueensland.com.au.

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