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Local lads make top three in Occys Grom Comp

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Byron Bay’s young guns Touma Cameron and Rasmus King had stellar performances at the Billabong Occys Grom Comp held at Duranbah Beach last week.

Cameron was runner-up in an exciting man-on-man 14-and-under-boys final against Brazilian young gun Leo Casal.

Leo has been residing in Coolangatta for the last few months and will head back to Brazil with the win.

‘It’s amazing to win here in Australia. I had to change my plane ticket to make the final today. I was supposed to leave this morning. So I’m stoked,’ he said.

The prestigious event is known for attracting juniors from all over the globe and this year entrants came from USA, Portugal, Japan, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Cameron defeated Rasmus King in a semifinal to earn his spot in the final surf.

Touma put King in a combination situation early on in the heat by earning himself a 9.6 ride backed up with a 7.17 to give him the lead. King was unable to overtake Cameron and finished the competion in equal third place.

‘Mono’ and Monk

Byron Bay’s Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart and Dave Monk have successfully qualified for the Australian Team over the weekend and booked themselves a place on the Australian Adaptive Surf Team that will compete at the International Surfing Association (ISA) Stance World Adaptive Surfing Championships later in 2018.

Stewart and Monk both won their divisions AS 2 (Stand/Kneel) and AS 3 (Seated) at the Nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles held at Cabarita (NSW) after a day of outstanding action featuring the country’s best adaptive surfers.

Clean 0.8 metre conditions greeted competitors for the start of competition at the Cabarita Surf Club, allowing the field of more than twenty adaptive surfers to showcase their skills across a multitude of divisions.

‘This is the third Nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles on the Tweed Coast and it’s great to see companies like Nudie staying on board.

‘We have grown massively as a sport and, in the end, it’s all about the ocean and its ability to heal and equalise.

‘It makes you feel at home and I just love it,’ Mono said.


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