Former Iluka surfer Pacha Light third in GromSearch
ILUKA born and bred surf grom Pacha Light, daughter of long standing Iluka Boardriders member Anja Light, narrowly missed out on claiming the Under 14s Girls title at the Rip Curl GromSearch competition at the weekend.
Light who now resides in Tugun on the Gold Coast finished in third place in the event at Maroubra Beach, losing out to Coolangatta prospect Piper Harrison and fellow event stand-out Bodhi Leigh-Jones from Avalon, NSW.
Light needed a final wave score of 9.57 in the final to steal victory from Harrison but was unable to secure, instead scoring 5.90 to fall back to third place after Leigh-Jones.
The 14-year-old Snapper Rocks surf grom is a member of the exclusive Mark Richardson coaching ranks alongside WQS contenders Mitch Parkinson, Cody Klein and Jay Ochiloupo.
Light has already registered her interest and will compete in next year's Subway Surf Series with the event expanded to include seven World Surf League qualifying events.
The World Surf League-sanctioned Subway Pro Junior events form part of the 2016 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), providing the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title at the WSL World Junior Championships in early 2017
Event ambassador Joel Parkinson said the event was a crucial stepping stone for Australian surf grommets, like Light, in their transition to the world stage.
"It's fantastic to see opportunities like this exist now and provide that crucial link for surfers moving up the ranks," he said.
Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said the series was critical for the Surfing Australia sport.