BILLABONG OCCY'S GROM COMP PUMPING CONDITIONS AGAIN ON DAY 2
Duranbah Beach at the southern end of Queensland's Gold Coast has continued to deliver excellent waves for the next generation of surfing superstars with Day 2 of Occy's Grom Comp running in perfectly groomed, three-to-five foot (1.5m) overhead peaks.
Two rounds of competition have been completed in all divisions, with the exception of the U/16 Boys who are due to hit the water for the first time in building surf tomorrow.
With 230 surfers from around Australia and the world competing in the five-day tournament, there have been plenty of strong performances. Surfers surviving with heat wins and solid showings on Day 2 include!
U/12 Boys: Eli Carr (Lennox, NSW), Keanu Miller (Bulli, NSW), Kaya Horne (Mount Monganui, NZL), Kian Martin (Bali, IDN), Mikey McDonagh (Lennox, NSW), Tane Bowden (Whangamata, NZL)
U/16 Girls: Isabella Nichols (Coolum, Qld), Kobie Enright (Tweed Heads, NSW), Sophie McCulloch (Alexandra Headland, Qld), Holly-Sue Coffey (Coolangatta, Qld).
ABOVE: Ellie Francis (Middleton, SA) rips a searing forehand arc. Credit: Macfalane/Billabong
U/14 Girls (Quarter-finalists): India Robinson (Jan Juc, Vic), Sasha Baker (Mudjimba, Qld), Billie Melinz (Wollongong, NSW), Ebony Wilson (Gold Coast), Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW), Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW).
U/14 Boys - available at www.surfingqueensland.com
There's plenty of action out in the water and organisers have gone the extra yard to ensure there's plenty of action for the groms on the land.
Two lucky surfers - Kaya Horne (NZL) and Zac Paterson (Avoca, NSW) - have uncovered Palmers 'Golden Tickets', a random prize available to all Occy's Grom Comp contestants. Horne and Paterson each scored a year's supply of Palmers wax, a backpack, boardbag, leashes and grip. Yeew!
With one Golden Ticket still to be handed in, odds are it's going to be in one of the U/16 Boys competitor's bags. Don't forget to check your wax, fellas!
The surf forecast for the coming days looks fantastic. The swell is expected to build from the south-east, increasing by an extra couple of feet, before dying down a little for Wednesday's final day. Winds should maintain, with nice, brisk wintery offshore conditions on offer.
If it gets too big, organisers may look at relocating to Greenmount, taking advantage of clean, protected conditions common to the northern side of Point Danger. A decision on proceedings will be made by 07:00am each morning.
Complete heat draws will be uploaded at the end of each day. For a full list of results across all divisions, check www.surfingqueensland.com
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Occy's Grom Comp is made possible thanks to Billabong and supporting partners Volkswagen, Surfing Queensland, Kirra Surf, Kustom, Palmers Supa Glu, JS Industries, VonZipper, Nixon, Marine Rescue Point Danger, and special event media sponsors Australia's Surfing Life Magazine, SEA FM radio and FUEL TV.