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December 3, 2021

Local junior surfers impress

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Nyxie Ryan from Lennox Head has achieved a surfing triple play by winning her third Rip Curl GromSearch National Title in as many years.

Nyxie took out the Girls 14 division in pumping two-metre waves at Sandon Point.

She was able to post a near-perfect 9.43 wave score in the final, which gave her the upper hand against fellow event standout Cedar Leigh-Jones who had held the lead for a large portion of the heat.

Nonetheless Nyxie dominated the competition and was unbeaten throughout the event.

Jai Glinderman from Lennox Head finished in third place in the Boys 14 division, missing out on a final berth by less than a point.

Nyxie’s younger brother Dembe also did well with a fifth place finish in the Boys 12 division.

The GromSearch Series started in 1999 as a one-day event at Jan Juc in Victoria. Since then it has developed into the strongest international series for 16 years and under surfers in the world.

There are parallel Rip Curl GromSearch series in more than 10 countries, and the event has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of elite junior surfers with more than 5,000 competitors worldwide.

Byron Bay’s Joel Paxton has started his year off with a bang by making the final of the World Surf League-sanctioned Pro Junior Hydralyte Sports Surf Series presented by Billabong, which is the first event of the WSL International Pro Junior circuit for under-18-year-old surfers.

The finals were held at the primary location of Bells Beach after an increase in swell overnight that saw one- metre waves at the world-famous beach.

Paxton finished third in the four-men final, winning $600 and 560 points on the WSL Pro Junior rankings.

Kyuss King from Byron Bay finished in equal 17th place after being beaten by Paxton in a close heat in the round of 32.

Straight after the Bells Beach event Byron Bay’s Joel Paxton and Kyuss King along with Lennox Head’s Jack Murray and Mikey McDonagh moved on to Sydney for the Crave Pro, a QS 1,000 event that is an open-age event.

McDonagh finished in equal 33rd, Paxton and Murray in equal 49th and King in 65th.

These are positive results for our surfers as they look to climb the rankings ladder against much older, stronger and more experienced surfers from all over the world.

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