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Duke Wrencher thrived at Duranbah last week at the Occy Grom Comp. Photo Ben Stagg/Surfing Queensland

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There were plenty of great results for local junior surfers up at the Billabong Occy Grom Comp held in great surf at Duranbah Beach last week.

Lennox Head’s Juniper Harper and Ocea Curtis finished in second and third respectively in the 12-girls division. Coorabell’s Duke Wrencher finished in equal third in the 14-boys and Lennox Head’s Dembe Ryan finished in equal fifth. 

The Occy was followed by the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open that started last Friday at Lennox Beach.

Some of the world’s best grommet surfers have returned to Lennox Head to compete in one of the premier junior events on the calendar, now in its seventh year.

It features one of the strongest surfer lineups across the age groups of 12–16-year-olds along with a WSL-rated men’s and women’s pro-junior competition.

Perfectly clean conditions and some nicely shaped waves kicked off the event with local favourites Duke Wrencher, Touma Cameron, Dembe Ryan, Harry O’Brien, Keenan Crisp, Nyxie Ryan, Ocea Curtis, and Juniper Harper all progressing through the first round. 

The event has attracted surfers from ten different countries and the five-day event wraps up with the finals today, Wednesday July 17. (More results next week.) 

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