Lennox Head supergrom Nyxie Ryan won the Billabong Occy Grom Comp in the 14-girls division at Duranbah last week.
Ryan was the form surfer throughout the event and she won every heat she surfed in, dominating her competitors with consistent high-scoring rides and brilliant surfing.
Other local surfers to do well up at the Occy comp were Lennox Head’s Dembe Ryan and Harry O’Brien, who got to the quarter-finals of the 12-boys and Byron Bay’s Touma Cameron and Lennox Head’s Jack O’Brien made it through to the third round.
Nyxie Ryan is now at her home beach competing at the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open, which finishes today.
The surf for the event started off with solid one-metre waves but dropped off to small insiders. But this hasn’t deterred the groms who are still ripping it up with boundless energy.
Nyxie celebrated her 14th birthday at the start of the competition and capped it off by winning her first heat with an excellent 9.33 ride.
Nyxies’ brother Dembe is doing well in the 12-boys along with Byron Bay’s Rasmus King and Lennox Head trio Woody Webster, Harry O’Brien and Keenan Crisp. In the 14-boys Lennox Head’s Angus Baker, Hunter Weston, Jack O’Brien and Jai Glinderman have progressed through to the third round.
In the 16-boys Lennox Head’s Mikey McDonagh is looking sharp, making the most of the small waves on offer and surfing fast and powerful to progress through to round four.
The Corona Open J-Bay WSL Championship Tour event starts this week in South Africa and Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson is on top of the world rankings and ready to put that very reliable backhand vertical blast to good work and attempt to hang on to the leader’s yellow jersey in what is becoming a very interesting and volatile year on the world circuit.
The top-five surfers in the world have very little separating them at this halfway point of the year and Wilkinson will be eager to walk away with another keeper result at this event.
Nyxie Ryan gets the champion lift after winning the Grom Comp. Photo: John Andrews/Surfing Queensland