Rip Curl GromSearch's new heights
PERFORMANCES reached new heights at the Rip Curl GromSearch on day three at Duranbah Beach yesterday, as new ‘Dream Tour’ surfer Owen Wright looked on.
Pristine one-metre beach break conditions set the scene for the 14 boys division, which was much to the delight of the junior surfing fraternity.
The ocean provided fun, punchy waves for the 14 boys heats with high scores posted and innovative moves displayed as the juniors worked to impress Wright.
Coming off a win at the Wahu event last week on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast slayer Eli Steele (Caloundra) showed he means business by destroying his competition in his round two heat, posting a massive combined heat score of 16.80 (8.63 and a 8.17).
“I am coming off a win at the Wahu event on the weekend and a semi final finish at the Australian Titles so I am pumped to win this event,” said Steele.
“The waves are really fun and my surfing feels really good so I am extremely confident.”
Other young shredders to impress the judges were 12-year-old Angourie surfer Jeames Young, Burleigh Heads surfer Luke Hynd, Noosa Heads’ Hayden Cervi and Currumbin local Will Morrison.
Rip Curl’s national event manager Mark Flanagan is over the moon with the quality of competition on offer at the Rip Curl GromSearch. “The Queensland leg of the GromSearch is the top shelf of junior surfing and the level of surfing being displayed at this event is amazing,” Flanagan said.
“Being the pinnacle of junior competitive surfing, the eventual champions will be well placed for a very successful junior surfing career.”
“Also having Owen Wright here judging the Expression Session and passing his knowledge onto the kids is awesome.”