Byron Bay’s Kyuss King won the 12 and Under Boys division yesterday at the 2012 Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp.
Posting a combined two-wave heat total of 16.23 points (out of a possible 20), King defeated Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head, NSW – 16.10), Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC – 14.23) and Dextar Muskens (Kirra, Qld – 13.37), who finished second to fourth respectively.
King executed critical manoeuvres with speed, power and flow and was rewarded by the judges accordingly, scoring the highest individual wave score of the heat a 9.00 (out of a possible 10) in the picture-perfect, one-metre waves of Duranbah Beach.
‘The waves have just been amazing all week,’ said King.
‘There are so many good surfers in the event, so it’s an honour to to win,’ he said.
A win on the final day of the Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp is regarded as a major stepping stone to forging a career as a professional surfer in the years to come, with several past champions now competing at the elite level of the sport.