After a one week delay, the second of three events in the Billabong Grom Series presented by Oceanbridge will fly into action this weekend (14th – 15th February) at Whangamata on the Coromandel Peninsula.
The event is set to take on a solid swell, contrasting the lake-like ocean that presented itself last weekend.
The big surf will put the massive field of surfers to the test with waves up to 2.0m predicted. This type of forecast will suit the Under 20 Boys and Girls Division entrants, the oldest at the event, the surfers that enjoy some more power behind their waves.
Winners of the first event, Dune Kennings (WGM) and Raiha Ensor (Mnt) are well known for their ability to charge bigger waves and this weekend’s conditions could see them take back-to-back wins.
The Under 20 Boys Division sees the return of Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata) and Joshua Taylor (Mnt), two surfers that have dominated Billabong Grom Series events in previous years. Both surfers love to surf in solid surf and will be dark horses to watch as the event progresses through to the final rounds on Sunday.
Mount Maunganui surfer Kehu Butler (Mnt) won the National Championships earlier in the year before making his debut journey to the North Shore of Hawaii and missing the Mopunt Maunganui leg of the series. Butler will be back in action this weekend contesting the Under 17 Boys Division where he will look to topple event one winner Daniel Farr (Tara) who currently holds the number one ranking.
For the Under 17 Girls it will be Kai Woolfe (Gis) who will be out to defend not only the Under 17 Girls Division title but also the Under 14 Girls Division that she won at the first event held at Mount Maunganui. With the big waves on offer, the likes of Ensor as well as Kea Smith (Mnt), Abby Falwasser – Logan (Gis) and Elin Tawharu (Mnt) will all be keen to topple the young Gisborne surfer.
The Under 14 Divisions will have to front up to some big surf over the weekend, particularly on the Saturday when the swell peaks. Conditions should be more manageable on Sunday with a decreasing swell. Queensland based Kaya Horne has returned to compete at the event. Horne won the National Championships in January before claiming the first event of this series three weeks ago and looks unstoppable in the division.
Action will take place from 8:00am – 4:00pm daily at the main beach of Whangamata. Billabong will also have a bunch of fun activities for surfers and spectators on both days.
The third event of the Billabong Grom Series will be held at Auckland’s Piha Beach (7-8 March) where the series winners will be announced.
The three event series is part of the New Zealand Grom Series which comprises of up to seven events for some divisions and features the country’s top junior surfers.
Entry into the events can be completed at Surfing New Zealand under events.
For further information on the 2015 Billabong Grom Series presented by Oceanbridge please contact Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively contact Billabong Event Manager Keone Campbell on 0274921138 or email email@example.com.
Web clips will be distributed free of charge from each event. Please contact Ben Kennings for further details.
High resolution action images of the surfing at all events on the Billabong Grom Series will be available to media free of charge.
The Surfing New Zealand event hotline is 0211134506. This will be updated daily at approximately 7am with venue, divisions contested and conditions for the day.
Generous support from Billabong, presenting sponsors Oceanbridge, Von Zipper, Palmers, Kustom and Muesli Hub has made this series possible.
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