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Eight new grom champions crowned at Joel Parkinson event

Billabong Parko Grom Stomp

Champions crowned at the tenth annual 2017 Billabong Parko Grom Stomp presented by Flight Centre

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 September, 2017 - Sunshine Coast, Queensland - Eight individual Champions have been crowned at the 2017 Billabong Parko Grom Stomp presented by Flight Centre on the Sunshine Coast. Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW) took out the blue ribbon 16 & Under Boy’s division and Holly Williams (Buddina, QLD) took out the 16 & Under Girl’s division.

It was Ann Street that again provided excellent conditions for the fourth and final day of competition for 2017 with clean peaky waves for the majority of the morning. The grand finale saw a super heat boasting four of the best junior surfers in Australia line up to stake their claim. Dakoda Walters, Toi Tanaka (Palm Beach, QLD), Ethan Stokes (Coffs Harbour, NSW) and Thomas Carvalho (Coolangatta, QLD) all went blow for blow in what was a very close final with only a handful of points separating the four. Walters took charge early with the first wave of the heat and managed to hold off the field, impressing the judges with his trademark backside power hacks and flawless style to claim victory for 2017.

The 16 & Under Girl’s final saw an exciting nail biting end to a huge week of surfing with Sunshine Coast local Holly Williams claiming a heat winning buzzer beater score to take the lead and claim victory over Gold Coast’s Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD). Williams was in fine form throughout the week and will now add a Billabong Blood Lines trophy to her collection.

As the day went on the high caliber action continued through the age groups and the 14 & Under Boy’s were no exception. In what was a very tight battle for first place, Gold Coast surfer Marlon Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) and international surfer Monnojo Yahagi (Japan) took turns taking the lead but it was Harrison who held his own to finish on top. Harrison was also awarded the 2017 Surfing World once in a lifetime opportunity for a money can’t buy surfing trip with Joel ‘Parko’ Parkinson himself.

“This year was such a great event and again we’ve seen the level of talent amongst the surfers get even better. It’s such an honour to have a junior event in your name and to come down and see such a high level of surfing is amazing,” said the 2012 World Champion.

The action continued in the 12 & Under Boy’s where Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, QLD) dropped some massive backhand hacks to claim the highest single wave score of the week, a near perfect 9.67 (out of a possible 10.00) and take out his final.

The 10 & Under Girl’s also saw an excellent display of talent with a stellar performance from Gold Coast Surfer Jordy Halford (Currumbin Waters, QLD). Halford remained very busy as she demonstrated some excellent rail work to hold off Ava Lochart (Wurtulla, QLD), Maple Bunny (Caloundra, QLD) and Stella Green (Buddina, QLD) and claim the win.

Other division winners include Landen Smales (Peregian Beach, QLD) in the 10 & Under Boy’s, Lilliana Bowrey (Tewantin, QLD) in the 12 & Under Girl’s and Raya Campbell (Coolangatta, QLD) in the 14 & Under Girl’s.


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