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Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head, NSW) claimed the 16 & Under Boys division at Jan Juc on Sunday. (supplied)

A 14-year-old surfer from Lennox Head has been crowned the winner of the 16 and Under boys division at the Rip Curl Gromsearch event held at Jan Juc in Victoria on Sunday.

Mikey McDonagh of Lennox surfed well above his years to take out his division with a score of 16.93 points.

The 14 year-old surfer was on a roll throughout the day winning his Quarter Finals and Semi Finals heats on the way to the Final.

‘The waves were super fun throughout the whole comp. The draw was really tough and this being the first year in the 16 & Under division it is definitely one of the best wins I have had,’ McDonagh said.

‘All of the older guys are pushing their surfing so hard I am really shocked that I was able to get the win.

‘I love coming down to Victoria, it can get pretty cold but it turned out to be nice and warm.’

Placing in second was Tane Bowden (Jan Juc, VIC), who had a heat total of 14.60 points. Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC) was a close third on 13.83 points whilst Noah Kearney (Shelly Beach, QLD) finished in fourth.

India Robinson (Jan Juc, VIC) continued her impressive run of results with a win in the 16 & Under Girls division.

Only riding two waves in the final, Robinson nailed an 8.43 on her final ride to put her in front for the win.

In second place was Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, QLD) on 10.14 points. Sophia Fulton (Cabarita, NSW) and Billie Melinz (Coalcliff, NSW) finished in third and fourth.


The 14 & under boys division saw George Pittar (North Manly, NSW) take the win in the final on a total of 16.00 points. Local boy, Cole Fox placed in second on 12.43 points.

Zac Patterson (Avoca, NSW) finished in third with Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, VIC) in fourth.

Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) claimed the win in the 14 & Under Girls. Placing in second was Zahli Kelly (Wooloowin, QLD), with Pacha Light (Tugan, QLD) and Bella Wilson (Jan Juc, VIC) in third and fourth.

Codie Jeffery (Phillip Island, VIC) took out the 12 & Under Boys with a solid score of 16.47 points. Placing a close second was Ethan Huxtable (Jan Juc, VIC) on 15.50 points.

Marlon Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) and Logan Steinwede (Wagstaffe, NSW) finished third and fourth respectively.

The 12 & Under Girls division saw some of the best surfing throughout the whole competition.

Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC) finished in top spot with Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island, VIC) in second. Charlie Hurst (Port Kembla, NSW) finished in third place with Poppy Corbett (Phillip Island, VIC) and Lucy Naylor (Point Lonsdale, VIC) in fourth and fifth.

Winning the SmoothStar Rising Star award was Ellie Harrison and Charlie Hurst.

Taking out the POSCA Outstanding Performance award was Noah Kearney and India Robinson.

Full results can be found at www.surfingvic.com

The next event in the series will be held at Trigg Point, West Australia on from 9 October to 11 October.


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