Local juniors take solid steps on GromSearch pathway

Nyxie Ryan has GromSearch tile in her sights. Photo John Andrews/SQ

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Our local junior surfers had solid finishes at the final event of the Rip Curl GromSearch series on the Sunshine Coast last week.

2016 National GromSearch Champion Nyxie Ryan from Lennox Head continued her GromSearch rampage to take out the U/14 Girls’ division and cement her place in the national final where she will be looking to claim back-to-back victories.

Ryan has been on fire this year across the series, with multiple podium finishes and a gold medal at event two in Maroubra seeing her finish on top of the series ratings.

Duke Wrencher from Coorabell finished runner-up in the U/12 Boys’ division tearing apart the 1-metre walls on offer but owing to the fact he only competed in one event of the series and didn’t gain enough points won’t be part of the national final.

The Rip Curl GromSearch is a worldwide series of events designed for grommets and runs in 10 countries with more than 5,000 competitors worldwide.

The Australian series is made up of five events as well as a national final.

Participants for the national final are determined from the Rip Curl GromSearch ratings, counting a surfer’s best two results across the series.

In addition, the winner from each division in each respective event of the series will be guaranteed entry into the national final.

Nyxie Ryan topped the 2017 U/14 Girls’ ratings winning two out of the three she entered, and will be going into the nationals as red-hot favourite.

Her younger brother Dembe Ryan took out the 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch Overall ratings in the U/12 Boys’ division and won the first event to qualify for the national final.

Jia Glinderman from Lennox Head was second in the U/14 Boys’ ratings and won the first event, so he will be going to the nationals.

Some incredible surfers have come through the series including current WSL World Tour athletes Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore, Jordy Smith, Matt Wilkinson, Owen Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons, Kolohe Andino, Nat Young and Felipe Toledo.

Lennox Head’s Mikey McDonagh along with the world’s best junior surfers will be heading to Kiama at the start of January for the World Surf League’s World Junior Championships.

McDonagh secured his spot in the event by finishing runner-up in the 2017 WSL Pro Junior Australasia ratings. Mikey will be one of the youngest surfers at the event and still has two more years to vie for the prestigious World Junior Title.

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