Seven individual champions have been crowned at the Gold Coast leg of the 2021 Woolworths Surfer Grom Comps Series, which was held in peaky 2ft waves.
After an early start at the ever reliable Spit, competitors were welcomed with great 2 foot swell which continued throughout the day.
The Under 12 Girls Division was won by Pipi Taylor (PEREGIAN BEACH) with a combined two wave score of 13.50 (out of a possible 20.00). She beat MillerMay Berg (MIAMI) (8.70), Evie Wilson (DOONAN) (6.33) and Amelia Johnston (MARCUS BEACH) (5.24).
The Under 12 Boys Division was taken out by Jairah Smith (WARANA) (11.57), defeating Zac Johnston (CURRIMUNDI) (8.00), Hemi Obrien (PALM BEACH) (7.87), and Harrison Gibbs (GOLDEN BEACH) (6.74).
The Under 14 Girls Division was won by Charli Hately (CURRUMBIN) (12.13). She beat Stella Green (BUDDINA) (11.76), Meika Locke (PALM BEACH) (9.07), and Pipi Taylor (PEREGIAN BEACH) (9.03).
“I felt like I was surfing poorly until the end of the heat, and then go into my stride,” Hately said. “It was such a fun heat with all the girls, they surfed so well.”
In a very close fought final in the Under 14 Boys Division, Hunter Andersson (MOFFAT BEACH) took the honours with a 14.17 heat total. He overcame Caden Francis (GOLD COAST) (13.24), Mitchell Peterson (NOOSA) (12.77), and Jesse Ferguson (SUNSHINE BEACH) (10.10).
“It was a tough final, everyone got really good waves, but I was still fired up after having to dig deep to qualify through the repechage round on Day One of the event,” Andersson said.
The Woolworths Fresh Wave Awards went to Kauri Heuston Connor and Lucas Deffenti for their outstanding sportsmanship shown during the event, with Navah Holmes and Jaggar Parsons winning the Pic’s Peanut Butter Star Performer Awards for showing their future elite surfing abilities.
The Groms will now focus their sights on the second and final event of the QLD series to be held on the Sunshine Coast on the 11-12 December
The full heat draws and results can be viewed here.
About the 2021 Woolworths Surfer Grom Comp Series
Regarded as one of the major steppingstones in the development of young Australian surfers, the 10-event Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps series caters for surfers from Under 8 to Under 14 and will be held in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia over summer.
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, two days of competition and heat analysis coaching) at the Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC). For the South Australian, Victorian and Tasmanian events, the Woolworths Surf Camp prize will be awarded to the highest place Under-14 Boy and Girl who reside in that respective state.
Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps 2021 Schedule
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 1 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Oct 16, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 2 – Trigg, WA – Oct 23 – 24, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 3 – Clifton Beach, TAS – Oct 30, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 4 – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Nov 6 – 7, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 5 – Kiama, NSW – Nov 13 -14, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 6 – Gold Coast, QLD – Nov 20 – 21, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 7 – Torquay, VIC – Nov 27 – 28, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 8 – Cronulla, NSW – Dec 4 – 5, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 9 – Northern Beaches, NSW – Dec 11 – 12, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 10 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Dec 11 – 12, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – Nat Final – Surfing Aus HPC, Casuarina NSW – Dec 17 – 19, 2021
NOTE: 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.
The 2021 Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp Gold Coast would like to thank its partners Woolworths, Pics Peanut Butter, 2XP and Surfing Australia.