October 29 - November 4, 2017: Issue 335


Cedar Leigh-Jones  - Photo by Shannon Glasson/Surfing NSW

CONGRATULATIONS Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon), Rubie Trew (Seaforth), Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater), Dane Dujic (Avalon) and Ben Zanatta Creagh (Dee Why) !


Sunday, 22 October 2017
From Surfing NSW: Sunday October 22nd, 2017

Event three on Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu series wrapped up today following a day of exciting heats in one-to-two foot waves at Jones’ Beach.

Having competed in this series since she was seven years old, Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon) was able to take a final victory in her last ever Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu. Leigh-Jones finished with a bang in the Under-14 Girls final, posting a giant 17.33 two-wave heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to leave her fellow competitors chasing a combination of scores to take away her lead.

Jarvis Earle (Cronulla) continued to build on his highlight reel performance in the Under-14 Boys taking out the final. Earle notched up a respectable 14.1 heat score to claim the win ahead of Wollongong local Lennix Smith (Barrack Point) who put up a valiant fight and finished in second position.
Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater) claimed his third Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu title on the trot, taking out the Under-12 Boys division. Kelleher and Hugh Vaughan (Bateau Bay) went neck-and-neck for the title with only 0.07 point separating the two surfers when the final hooter blew.

Wollongong local Tyla Hurst (Port Kembla) claimed her second Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu title in as many events, taking out the Under-12 Girls. Hurt took dual victories across both heats to take out the top spot on the leaderboard.

Regarded as one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers, the 10-event Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu caters for surfers from Under 8 to Under 14 and will be held in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia over summer. The prestigious event series will also return to Tasmania in 2017/18.

As an added bonus, the respective winners of the Under 14 boys’ and girls’ divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses-paid, three-day Woolworths Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC). For the South Australian, Victorian and Tasmanian events, the Woolworths Surf Camp prize will be awarded to the highest place Under-14 Boy and Girl who reside in that respective State.

Each entrant will also receive a Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu t-shirt for entering, plus a Wahu beach product and there will be plenty of Wahu beach games and giveaways at each event.

The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu have helped to launch the careers of many of Australia's most promising junior surfers with almost 800 children set to take part in the 2017/18 event series.

Previous champions include Matt Banting, Jacob Willcox, Luke Hynd, Eli Steele, Kai Hing, Chris Zaffis, Quinn Bruce, Ellie-Jean Coffey, Macy Callaghan, Isabella Nichols, Holly Wawn and Laura Poncini.

Under-14 Boys
1 – Jarvis Earle (Cronulla)
2 – Lennix Smith (Barrack Point)
3 – Oscar Salt (Boomerang Beach)
4 – Luke Dujic (Avalon)

Under-14 Boys - Photo by Shannon Glasson/Surfing NSW

Under-14 Girls
1 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon)
2 – Oceanna Rogers (Shell Cove)
3 – Holly Wishart (Gerringong)
4 – Gabi Spake (Collaroy)

Under-14 Girls - Photo by Shannon Glasson/Surfing NSW

Under-12 Boys
1 – Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater)
2 – Hughie Vaughan (Bateau Bay)
3 – Dane Dujic (Avalon)
4 – Isaak Brown (Lake Munmorah)

Under-12 Boys - Photo by Shannon Glasson/Surfing NSW

Under-12 Girls
1 – Tyla Hurst (Port Kembla)
2 – Jada Thomas (Barrack Point)
3 – Bodhi Simon (Port Kembla)
4 – Tiana Darragh (Malabar)

Under-12 Girls - Photo by Shannon Glasson/Surfing NSW

Under-10 Boys
1 – Felix Byrnes (Merewether)
2 – Pheonix Visscher (Redhead)
3 – Ocean Lancaster (Merewether)
4 – Ben Zanatta Creagh (Dee Why)

Under-10 Boys - Photo by Shannon Glasson/Surfing NSW

Under-10 Girls
1 – Rubie Trew (Seaforth)
2 – Evie Fisher (Gymea Bay)
3 – Jada Larsen (Kiama Downs)

Under-10 Girls - Photo by Shannon Glasson/Surfing NSW

Under-8 Mixed
1 – Lani Carincross (Kiama Downs)
2 – Xander Ross (Kiama Downs)
3 – Lucy Darragh (Malabar)
4 – Sunny Egan (Wamberal)

Under-8 Mixed Photo by Shannon Glasson/Surfing NSW

Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Presented by Wahu 2017/2018 Series Schedule:
EVENT 1 - Northern Beaches, NSW - Sept 9 - 10, 2017
EVENT 2 - Cronulla, NSW - Oct 14 - 15, 2017
EVENT 3 - Kiama, NSW - Oct 21 - 22, 2017
EVENT 4 - Coffs Harbour, NSW - Oct 28 - 29, 2017
EVENT 5 - Ocean Grove, Vic - Nov 11 - 12, 2017
EVENT 6 - Fleurieu Peninsula, SA - Nov 18, 2017
EVENT 7 - Sunshine Coast, Qld - Dec 9 - 10, 2017
EVENT 8 - Gold Coast, Qld - Jan 10 - 11, 2018
EVENT 9 -Trigg, WA - Jan 27 - 28, 2018
EVENT 10 - Clifton Beach, Tas - Feb 24, 2018

Photos: Shannon Glasson/Surfing NSW


Saturday, 21 October 2017
From Surfing NSW
Day one of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu saw a chock-a-block day of action as competitors duked it out in clean and punchy two-foot peaks.
Perennial Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps standout Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon) continued to mow through the Under-14 Girls as she claimed two wins in her opening rounds. Leigh-Jones posted a notable 14.66 two-wave heat total in her second round to take the clean sweep. Oceanna Rogers (Shell Cove) and Keira Buckpitt (Culburra) also claimed twin victories across their opening rounds.
Jarvis Earle (Cronulla) made his hour drive south worthwhile taking two wins across the opening rounds of the Under-14 Boys, posting a solid 16.6 heat total. Earle performed an array of turns beyond his years to notch up the aforementioned score and cement a spot in the quarterfinals.
Hugh Vaughan (Bateau Bay), Jarvie Robson (Bulli) and Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater) all dominated the Under-12 Boys division taking victories in the opening two rounds. All surfers will make their next appearance in the semi-finals.
The main base for event three of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu is Bombo with backup locations of Kiama Surf Beach, Jones Beach and Werri Beach.
All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.