The final heats of the Rip Curl GromSearch wrapped up in challenging one-foot waves at North Cronulla today.
Over 150 competitors were culled to four winners by the end of competition today with the winners of the Under-14 Boys, Under-14 Girls, Under-12 Boys and Under-12 Girls crowned GromSearch champions.
Sandon Whittaker’s lightening fast backhand hooks proved to be a lethal weapon in the Under-14 Boys final. The Avoca goofy-footer threw down a solid combination of turns to net himself the a 12.50 heat total which propelled him ahead of Reef Heazelwood, Marlon Newling and Mitch Raymond who finished in second, third and fourth respectively.
Macy Callaghan made it two wins from two finals for Avoca when she nabbed the win in the final of the Under-14 Girls. The powerful natural-footer locked in an impressive 9.67 wave score in the final, which gave her an edge over her fellow competitors. Despite putting up a hard fought battle, Alyssa Lock fell marginally short of Callaghan and had to settle for the runner-up spot.
Bulli’s Keanu Miller used his trademark power hacks to edge out his competition in the final of the Under-12 Boys. The talented natural-footer threw down an array of technically sound turns to notch up a heat total of 15.30. Jan Juc’s Xavier Huxtable managed to lock in 9.73 score in the final, but failed to find a backup score and ultimately had to settle for second position. Caleb Tancred took third spot while Mikey McDonagh took fourth.
Avalon’s Bodhi Leigh-Jones set the benchmark early in the Under-12 Girls locking in a solid 7.00 wave score followed by a 9.00. As a result, the Avalon natural-footer made things difficult for her fellow finalists, Kirra-Belle Olsson, Summa Longbottom and Madison Poole who finished in second, third and fourth respectively.
The Rip Curl GromSearch series will hit Jan Juc for the next stop in the series.
The 2013 Rip Curl GromSearch series is presented by POSCA (Mitsubishi Pencil Australia) with managing partner Surfing Australia and associate partners FireWire Surfboards, Shapers Fins and Surfing Life Magazine.