Billabong Oz Grom Cup
Park Beach, Coffs Harbour, Australia
18 - 22 April, 2017
Champions crowned across several divisions at Park Beach
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 April, 2017 - Park Beach, Coffs Harbour - The 2017 Billabong Oz Grom Cup presented by Flight Centre saw nine new champions crowned today after a series of exciting battles in punchy two-foot beachbreaks.
Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW) continued his solid form in the 16-and-Under Boys final posting a near-perfect 9.7 to take out the highly contested division. Walters came up against an in-form field in the shape of local Taj Watson (Coffs Harbour, NSW), Zac MacMahon (Evans Head, NSW) and Joel Buxton (Buff Point, NSW) who all put on stellar performances over the duration of the event, however Walters gained the upper hand thanks to the aforementioned score which slingshot him onto the top spot on the dais.
Elle Clayton-Brown (Corlette, NSW) put the icing on her impressive Billabong Oz Grom Cup campaign taking out the 16-and-Under Girls final. In the close battle, Clayton-Brown utilised her solid backside attack to notch up a 12.67 heat total and claim the win ahead of Kelly O’Callaghan (Kingscliff, NSW) by a 1.31 margin.
Central Coast native Lennox Chell (Avoca, NSW) and local Coffs Harbour Boardriders member Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW) both took top honours in the 14-and-Under divisions, nailing an eclectic mix of manoeuvres to take the victories with a 14.9 heat total for Chell and a 12.33 heat total for Shanahan.
Nate Hopkins (Noraville, NSW) dominated the 12-and-Under Boys division leaving his fellow opponents chasing two wave combinations to take the title. Hopkins notched up a near-perfect 9.33 wave score as well as a 7.83 to keep his rivals at arm's length.
Lilliana Bowrey (Tewantin, Qld) used her powerful forehand attack to positive effect to claim the 12-and-Under Girls division. The Queenslander notched up a 14.57 heat total to claim the victory in the heat ahead of Zahlia Short (Austinmer, NSW), Rosie Smart (Sawtell, NSW) and Tiana Darragh (Malabar, NSW) who claimed second, third and fourth respectively.
Samuel Lowe (Port Kembla, NSW) lived up to his father’s legacy (former World Championship Tour surfer Mick Lowe) taking his first major victory in the 10-and-Under Boys. Lowe posted an excellent 8.33 wave score which slingshot him past event standout Landen Smales (Peregian, Qld) to take the win and earn his place in the honour board.
Shyla Short (Austinmer, NSW) ensured another title would head south of Sydney, taking out the 10-and-Under Girls. Short made light work of the shifting beachbreak conditions posting a 9.00 and a 7.83 to give her an accumulative total of 16.06. Runner-up Jordy Halford (Currumbin, Qld) put up a valiant fight, posting a 15.06 total, but was unable to find the 8.51 wave score to take the lead.
Ryder Martin (Coolum, Qld) didn’t let the heaving beachbreak conditions faze him as he ripped apart the 8-and-Under Mixed division. Martin posted 14.77 heat total to claim the win ahead of local surfer Fletcher O’Sullivan (Sawtell, NSW) who claimed second position.
The prestigious five-day event – now in its fourth year – ran from the 18th – 22nd April and catered for over 200 competitors in nine different divisions.
Former champions include current World Junior Champion Macy Callaghan who claimed her respective division in the event's inaugural year. Since then the event has been won by a range of Australia’s best and most promising junior surfers.
Most states were represented with surfers coming from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and WA. Boys and Girls divisions for the event included Under-8 Mixed, Under-10, Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16.
1 – Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW)
2 – Taj Watson (Coffs Harbour, NSW)
3 – Zac MacMahon (Evans Head, NSW)
4 – Joel Buxton (Buff Point, NSW)
1 – Elle Clayton-Brown (Corlette, NSW)
2 – Kelly O’Callaghan (Kingscliff, NSW)
3 – Shaye Leeuwendal (Currumbin, Qld)
4 – Anne Dos-Santos (Dee Why, NSW)
1 – Lennox Chell (Avoca, NSW)
2 – Jackson Graham (Currumbin, Qld)
3 – Grayson Hinrichs (Bondi, NSW)
4 – Marlon Harrison (Coolangatta, Qld)
1 – Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW)
2 – Ellia Smith (Coolum, Qld)
3 – Jasmine McCorquodale (Bateau Bay, NSW)
4 – Charli Hurst (Port Kembla, NSW)
1 – Nate Hopkins (Norah Head, NSW)
2 – Lennix Smith (Barrack Heights, NSW)
3 – Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld)
4 – Harley Walters (Angourie, NSW)
1 – Lilliana Bowrey (Tewantin, Qld)
2 – Zahlia Short (Austinmer, NSW)
3 – Rosie Smart (Sawtell, NSW)
4 – Grace Kama (Elanora, Qld)
1 – Samuel Lowe (Port Kembla, NSW)
2 – Landan Smales (Peregian Beach, Qld)
3 – Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater, NSW)
4 – Joel Emery (Wooloweyah, NSW)
1 – Shyla Short (Austinmer, NSW)
2 – Jordy Halford (Currumbin Waters, Qld)
3 – Ruby Barber (Noosa Heads, Qld)
4 – Tiana Darragh (Malabar, NSW)
1 – Ryder Martin (Coolum, Qld)
2 – Fletcher O’Sullivan (Sawtell, NSW)
3 – Taj Air (Thirroul, NSW)
4 – Eli Nalder (Safety Beach, NSW)