Five local junior surfers featured prominently at the Rip Curl Gromsearch National Final competing against some of Australia’s best and most promising at Woonoona Beach south of Wollongong last week.
While our area was well represented the results didn’t flow as expected for our highly ranked juniors.
Byron Bay’s Touma Cameron had the most success with a semifinal finish in the 14-boys division and only missed out on a podium finish by 0.18 of a point.
In the 12-boys division Harry O’Brien from Lennox Head also had a semifinal finish.
Other Lennox locals Jai Glinderman and Dembe Ryan both had quarterfinal finishes in the 14-boys division.
Juniper Harper from Lennox Head impressed at her first Gromsearch National Final with a solid quarterfinal finish.
One of the favourites for a win, Nyxie Ryan from Lennox Head, had a slow heat in the quarter finals after a strong heat win in the opening round and was eliminated.
The Rip Curl GromSearch Series runs in over 10 countries and has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers right across the globe.
The Australian series is made up of five events as well as a national final. Participants for the national final are determined from the GromSearch ratings, counting a surfer’s best two results across the series.
The World Surf League Championship Tour for 2019 will kick off at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast from April 3.