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Nyxie Ryan shines at Oz Grom Open

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Nyxie Ryan was chaired up the beach after her win in the 16-girls. Photo Ethan Smith/SNSW

Crystal Cylinders

The 2019 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open finals day was held in pumping four-foot waves at Lennox Beach with some outstanding results for our local surfers.

Lennox Head’s Nyxie Ryan got within striking distance of her second Women’s Pro Junior win in as many years.

She held  down the lead for a large percentage of the final and used her local knowledge to her advantage, posting a 16.17 two-wave heat total, but was pipped by eventual winner Molly Picklum in the final minutes.

Ryan won $700 for her runner-up finish and backed up the performance with an incredible display of surfing in the Under-16 Girls, taking the win with an outstanding 17.74 total, which left her fellow finalists requiring combination scores to take away her lead.

‘That was such a good Pro Junior final against Molly,’ said Ryan. ‘Even though I wasn’t able to get my second win in a row, it’s always good to surf at home in good waves, and to get the win in the 16s division sweetens the deal.

‘I have never won my age division since I started doing this comp, so to take the win there feels great.’

Jai Gliderman from Lennox Head bombed out early in his 16-boys age division but had a strong showing in the men’s Pro Junior to make the semifinals and win $350.

Juniper Harper from Lennox Head was runner-up in the 12-girls division with Ocea Curtis and Mia Baker bowing out in the semis.

In the 14-boys Harry O’Brien from Lennox Head made the semis while Byron Bays Duke Wrencher got to the quarters.

Touma Cameron from Byron Bay made the semifinals in the incredibly talentpacked 16-boys division.

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Byron Bay’s Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart has continued his amazing form on the World Adaptive Surfing circuit with yet another win in the AS2 division at the Txapelketa Adaptive Open held in in the Basque country, Spain.

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