CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT 2019 SKULLCANDY OZ GROM OPEN AT LENNOX HEAD
Ruby Rockstar Trew (Seaforth) - 1st in Under 12 girls - photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
LENNOX HEAD BEACH, LENNOX HEAD
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Report by Surfing NSW/WSL
The 2019 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open presented by Vissla wrapped up today following a giant day of action in pumping four-foot waves that saw all champions crowned across the Pro Junior and age divisions.
Tane Bowden (NZL) claimed the second Skullcandy Pro Junior victory for New Zealand in as many years, taking out the Boys division. Bowden followed in the footsteps of 2018 Champion Kehu Butler, decimating the punchy surf with a combination of style and gusto. Bowden performed a variety of decent aerials and power-turns in the heat to get the edge over his fellow finalists, notching up a massive 17.30 two-wave heat total. The final followed a similar vein to Bowden’s quarterfinal, where all competitors held onto excellent scores (eight-and-above) and remained within firing distance of taking the lead. Bowden will now venture to the final Pro Junior event in Bells where he hopes to cement his qualification spot into the World Junior Championships.
Tane Bowden - photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
“This feels so good and the waves were so much fun out there,” said Bowden. “Having pumping surf for a Pro Junior event has really lifted everyone’s game and made them surf better I think. Originally, I wasn’t sure if I was going to go to Bells or not for the last event of the year, I just really wanted to see how I went here, but now that I’ve won this, I want to head down there and hopefully get another result to qualify for the World Juniors.”
Taj Stokes (Sunshine Coast, Qld) used his powerful approach to positive effect in the final, notching up an 8.90 and an 8.07 to amass a solid 16.97 heat total. Stokes drew out a variety of impressive and dominant turns to post the scores and seal himself the runner-up position. The result is Stokes’ fifth final result this year.
“I’m stoked with second and my fifth final for the year, but it would have been nice to win one,” said Stokes. “Hopefully I can go that one step further down in Bells and claim a win.”
Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW) extended her current lead on the 2019 Australian / Oceania Junior rankings, taking out her fifth Pro Junior event for the year. Picklum surfed impeccably over the duration of the final, posting two excellent scores, 8.77 and 8.17. Pickle's 2019 results now match fellow Shelly Beach surfer and current WSL Championship Tour surfer Macy Callaghan who claimed victory in five junior events back in 2016.
“I’m feeling so good at the moment,” said Picklum. “2019 has been such a good ride and I’ve been just trying to improve my surfing as much as I can. I knew Nyxie would be tough to beat out here, especially with the local support on her side, so I knew I’d have to step up my game to beat her. I just knew I’d have to sit and wait for two good waves and thankfully the gameplan worked.”
Molly Picklum - photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
Local natural-footer Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW) got within striking distance of her second Pro Junior win in as many years, holding down the lead for a large percentage of the final. Ryan used her local knowledge to her advantage in the heat, posting a 16.17 two-wave heat total, but was pipped by eventual winner Picklum when she notched up the aforementioned score. Ryan 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.
Nyxie Ryan on Day 6 - photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
“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 16’s 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.”
Hawaiian youngsters Brodi Sale and Kai Martin ensured two titles would return to Hawaii, taking out the 16 and 14 Boys divisions respectively. Both surfers put on a dominant performance over the course of their finals posting two-wave heat totals that consisted entirely of excellent scores. Sale, hit his stride in the final especially, posting the only ten-point ride of the event.
Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, Vic) claimed the lone title for Victoria, taking out the Under-14 Girls division. Following on from her dual division victory at the Occy Grom Comp last week, Harrison proceeded to continue her domination of the junior event circuit, posting a near-perfect 9.93 followed by an 8.40 to leave her fellow competitors requiring combinations of scores to take away her lead.
NSW dynamos Ruby Rockstar Trew (Seaforth, NSW) and Ocean Lancaster (Newcastle, NSW) both shone in the solid Lennox Head conditions today, attacking a handful of critical sections and surfing well beyond their years. As a result, both surfers posted decent scores to gain a stranglehold on their division and claim victory.
All finals results can be found below.
The six-day event ran from 12 July –17 July 2019 and comprised a World Surf League (WSL) sanctioned Pro Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event as well as an elite competition for promising grommets in the 12, 14 and 16 year age divisions.
In a similar vein to preceding years - where the event has attracted surfers from ten different countries - a full international field attended in 2019 with surfers coming from as far away as Europe, USA and Japan to make up a field of more than 220 surfers across all divisions.
All event divisions were broadcast live on skullcandyozgromopen.com.au
The 2019 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open presented by Vissla is proudly supported by Skullcandy, Vissla, Ballina Shire Council, Le-Ba Boardriders, WSL and Surfing NSW.
1 – Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW)
2 – Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW)
3 – Pacha Luque-Light (Gold Coast, Qld)
4 – Ellia Smith (Sunshine Coast, Qld)
1 – Tane Bowden (NZL)
2 – Taj Stokes (Sunshine Coast, Qld)
3 – Kai Tandler (Coolangatta, Qld)
4 – Caleb Tancred (Avoca, NSW)
1 – Brodi Sale (Hawaii)
2 – Mike Clayton-Brown (Corlette, NSW)
3 – Zeb Stokes (Sunshine Coast, Qld)
4 – Jarvis Earle (Cronulla, NSW)
1 – Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW)
2 – Giorgia Lorentson (Noosa, Qld)
3 – Summa Longbottom (Coolangatta, Qld)
4 – Sage Goldsbury (Cape Woolamai, Vic)
1 – Kia Martin (Hawaii)
2 – Xavier Bryce (Mona Vale, NSW)
3 – Cannon Carr (USA)
4 – Mannix Greentree-Squiers (Corrimal, NSW)
1 – Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, Vic)
2 – Holly Wishart (Werri, NSW)
3 – Ava Henderson (NZL)
4 – Lilliana Bowrey (Tewantin, Qld)
1 – Ocean Lancaster (Newcastle, NSW)
2 – Rico Haybittle (Burleigh Heads, Qld)
3 – Max McGillivray (Evans Head, NSW)
4 – Joel Emery (Yamba, NSW)
1 – Ruby Rockstar Trew (Seaforth, NSW)
2 – Juniper Harper (Lennox Head, NSW)
3 – Jordy Halford (Currumbin, Qld)
4 – Stella Green (Buddina, Qld)
Xavier Bryce (Mona Vale) won 2nd place in Under 14 Boys - photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
Bodhi Leigh-Jones on Day 5 - photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
Bodhi made the semifinals of the 2019 Skullcandy Pro Junior but was ousted in Heat 2 of these by home-wave surfer Nyxie Ryan, who placed 2nd overall.
From the day 5 Surfing NSW/WSL report;
Current Australia / Oceania Junior rankings leader Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW) took one step closer to the 2019 Junior Title, nailing a victory in the semi-finals. Picklum posted a giant 17.33 two-wave heat total in the battle, to get the edge over her competitors and cement her spot into tomorrow’s final.
“Every heat I win feels awesome and takes off some pressure,” said Picklum. “All the heats are really difficult, but I think everyone’s confidence begins to build as you keep moving through the event. It will be nice to post similar scores in the final tomorrow.”
Local Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW) showed she was keen to notch up her second Pro Junior Title in as many years, claiming the opposing Girls semi-final. Ryan found a handful of diamonds in the shifty lineup to finish with a respectable 14.83 two-wave total and move one step closer to collecting her second Skullcandy Pro Junior victory.
“It is such a good feeling to have everyone down here supporting,” said Ryan. “I think the whole surfing community is here barracking for the locals and it really amps you up.”
Manly's Winter Vincent - photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
Winter excelled in early rounds and made the quarters: Round 1: 13.54, Round 2 : 15.07, Won by 2.41, Round 3 : 15.67, Won by 4.64
Quarterfinal: Mannix Greentree-Squiers; 18.00, Won by 3.17 - Xavier Bryce: 14.83, Needed 9.01, Winter Vincent: 12.33, Needed 8.11
Manly's George Pittar won his first round heat but was forced out by eventual winner Brodi Sale during the next round - photos by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW