Henley Smith from Suffolk Park, along with other local groms, had great success at The Woolworths Surfer Grom Comps Series event held at the Spit on the Gold Coast.
In glassy and clean 1–1.5m waves from a lingering east–northeasterly swell Henley took first place in the U/10 girls division with a total heat score of 15.34. She was ecstatic about her win, as were her friends and family, who cheered her in from the beach.
Leihani Zoric from Byron Bay placed third.
Henley Smith also placed runner-up in the U/8 mixed male/female division with Leihana Zoric in third.
Lennox Head’s Keenan Crisp was a standout surfer and was runner-up in the U/12 Boys division, so close was the judges’ decision that he was only beaten by 0.1 of a point.
Lennox Head’s Ocea Curtis continued her great form with a third-place finish in the U/12 girls division.
As part of the speciality awards Henley Smith received the Woolworths Fresh Wave Award while Keenan Crisp and Leihani Zoric won the male and female Pic’s Peanut Butter Star Performer awards.
The 10-event grommet series is regarded as one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers.
Junior surf league
Nyxie Ryan has had a podium finish at North Stradbroke Island at the first event of the Hydralyte Sports Surf Series. Ryan won all her heats throughout the event and even beat the eventual winner Molly Picklum in her semifinal, but had to settle for third place overall in the four-woman final, picking up $600 in prize money.
Competitors were greeted with pumping 1.2–1.8 metre lefthanders reeling down Main Beach.
The event is the first of the 2019 World Surf League Junior Qualifying Series.