Our local super groms had outstanding success down in Sydney at the 14th annual BL’s Blast Off with Byron Bay’s Leihani Zoric and Lennox Head’s Keke Brain winning their six-girls and eight-girls divisions respectively.
Byron Bay’s Henley Smith was runner-up to Brain in the eight-girls.
Ocea Curtis of Lennox Head was runner-up in the 10-girls.
The competition was held over four days with early rounds at Avalon Beach and finals day at Whale beach.
Stu Kennedy from Lennox Head has turned his season around with a huge result in Portugal and has now leaped up the WSL QS ratings ladder after his runner-up finish at the QS10,000 EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira.
Kennedy was back to his best with fast, smooth and electric performances over the event.
The runner-up result and 8,000 points could turn his year around as he jumped 35 spots into 15th place on the rankings, with a good shot at cracking the top 10 with a big finish in Hawaii.
‘I can’t give up now if I’m making finals,’ Kennedy said.
Byron Bay’s Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart has struck gold again with a win at the US Open Adaptive Surfing Championships held at Oceanside Pier in California.
Stewart has won the event three years in a row.