Pumping Waves On Finals Day At Wahu Surfer Groms Comps Gold Coast

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The finals day of the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps was greeted with blue skies and pumping waves which set the scene for one of the most anticipated junior events on the Surfing Queensland events calendar. Seven individual champions where crowned across the varying age groups from the crowd favourite micro Under 8 mixed division through to the blue ribboned Under 14’s for event 7 of the 10 event series.

In the first final of the day Landen Smales (Peregian, Qld) put on excellent display of surfing in the dying minutes locking in a two wave combined heat total of 12.4 points (out of a possible 20 points) granting him bragging rights in the Under 10 boys division.

Taj Stokes (Buddina, Qld) proved to strong in the blue ribboned Under 14 boys final where he locking in two strong scores (14.07 out of a possible 20 points) to leave his competition playing catch up for the remainder of the final. Stokes surfed well beyond his years to narrowly defeat Cameron MacDougal (Little Mountain, Qld), Archer Curtis (Palm Beach, Qld) and Michael Clayton-Brown (Corlette, NSW) respectively.

Joining Stokes on the winner’s podium was Gold Coast’s Raya Campbell (Coolangatta, Qld) who claimed victory in the prestigious Under 14 girls final. Campbell’s flurry of quality waves granted the needed scores to narrowly defeated Shaye Leeuwendal (Currumbin, Qld), Nyxie Ryan (Lennox head, NSW) and Jasmine Kama (Elanora, QLD) respectively.

As an added bonus both Stokes and Campbell have been invite to attend an all-expenses paid, three-day Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.

The Under 10 girls did not hesitate to charge the growing afternoon swell and after a closely fought battle Leila Salt (Boomerang Beach, NSW) emerged victorious. Salt locked in a late score of 6.67 points (out of a possible 10 points) which proved to big a task for her fellow competitors to overcome relegating Jordy Halford (Currumbin Waters, Qld), Jahly Stokes (Buddina, Qld) and Harper Smales (Peregian Springs, Qld) respectively into the minor placings.

In one of the most anticipated finals of the day it was Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld) who etched his name on the winners trophy in the Under 12 boys at the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps. Richardson’s early single wave score of 9.33 (out of a possible 10 points) held off a late attack by fellow Gold Coast surfer Matt Boyle (Currumbin Waters, Qld).

In the Under 12 girls final Lilliana Bowrey’s (Tewantin, Qld ) wave selection proved to strong for California Barret (Banora Point,Qld), Lilly O’Sullivan (Currumbin waters, Qld) and Coral Fujino (Palm Beach, Qld) respectively.

Mitchell Peterson (Noosaville, Qld) took top honours again when he claimed victory in the crowd favourite micro groms Under 8 mixed division after taking out the Sunshine Coast stop of the event late last year.

The series is one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers. The 10-event program will cater for micro groms from Under 8 through to Under 14 with events in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.

The Under 8 is a mixed division with parent assists, while competition will be held in both boys and girls in the Under 10 (optional parent assist), Under 12 and Under 14 divisions.

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 Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.

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

The Wahu Surfer Groms Comps are proudly supported by Surfing Australia and Surfing Queensland.


Under 14 Boys
1st – Taj Stokes (Buddina, Qld)
2nd – Cameron MacDougal (Little Mountain, Qld)
3rd – Archer Curtis (Palm Beach, Qld)
4th – Michael Clayton-Brown (Corlette, NSW)

Under 14 Girls
1st – Raya Campbell (Coolangatta, Qld)
2nd – Shaye Leeuwendal (Currumbin, Qld)
3rd – Nyxie Ryan (Lennox head, NSW)
4th – Jasmine Kama (Elanora, QLD)

Under 12 Boys
1st – Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld)
2nd – Matt Boyle (Currumbin Waters, Qld)
3rd – Zeb Stokes (Buddina, Qld)
4th – Mitch Cook (Miami, Qld)

Under 12 Girls
1st – Lilliana Bowrey (Tewantin, Qld )
2nd – California Barret (Banora Point,Qld)
3rd – Lilly O’Sullivan (Currumbin waters, Qld)
4th – Coral Fujino (Palm Beach, Qld)

Under 10 Boys
1st – Landen Smales (Peregian, Qld)
2nd – Harry O’Brien (Skennars Head, NSW)
3rd – Isaak Brown (Lake Munmorah, NSW)
4th – Scott Arderne (Elanora, Qld)

Under 10 Girls
1st – Leila Salt (Boomerang Beach, NSW)
2nd – Jordy Halford (Currumbin Waters, Qld)
3rd – Jahly Stokes (Buddina, Qld)
4th – Harper Smales (Peregian Springs, Qld)

Under 8 Mixed
1st – Mitchell Peterson (Noosaville, Qld)
2nd – Laney Stokes (Buddina, Qld)
3rd – Harper Smales (Peregian Springs, Qld)
4th – Reuben Sharpe (Lennox Head, NSW)

EVENT 1 – Northern Beaches, NSW – Sep 5 – 6, 2015
EVENT 2 – Coffs Harbour NSW – Oct 10 – 11, 2015
EVENT 3 – Kiama, NSW – Oct 17 – 18, 2015
EVENT 4 – Trigg Point, WA – Nov 7 – 8, 2015
EVENT 5 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Dec 12-13, 2015
EVENT 6 – Cronulla NSW – Dec 19 – 20, 2015
EVENT 7 – Gold Coast, QLD – Jan 5 – 6, 2016
EVENT 8 – Ocean Grove, VIC – Jan 30 – 31, 2016
EVENT 9 – Clifton Beach, TAS – Feb 20, 2016
EVENT 10 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Feb 27, 2016