Victorian surfer Cody Robinson has won the top prize at this year’s Skullcandy Oz Grom Open surfing contest at Lennox Head.
Robinson claimed a last-minute victory in the World Surf League Junior Qualifying Series division with one of the biggest turns seen at the event.
Needing a 7.53 wave score (out of a possible 10 points) to overtake rival Jackson Baker of Merewether, NSW, the Victorian nailed a lay-back snap, which netted him a 7.57 wave score and the overallOz Grom Open Pro Junior title.
‘I’m over the moon,’ Robinson said.
‘When I managed to scratch into that wave I just knew I had to surf my heart out on it.’
Earlier, in the semi-finals, Robinson defeated Lennox Head’s Zac Wightman.
In the dying minutes of their semi, Wightman attempted a critical air-reverse but was unable to successfully ride it out.
‘This is such a good result, so I’m pretty happy overall,’ he said. “I second guessed Cody’s heat tactics a bit and I ended up falling short. I thought I could break my ankles on that last air and then when I landed I just slipped.”
Lennox Head youngster Mikey McDonagh surfed well to win the 14 years and under boys final, posting an 18.10 heat total.
The junior surfing contest attracted global attention, not only for the fine surfing, but also because it was held in the wake of two shark attacks.