Champions crowned at the 2016 Occy Grom Comp
The most prestigious grom surf contest in Australia has wrapped up for its 13th consecutive year, with The Occy Grom Comp presented by flight Centre attracting the best surfers in the country to the Gold Coast for the 6-day period. The level of surfing has been raised to a whole new level in recent years, with 2016 showcasing that the talent coming out of this country is the best we have ever seen. On finals day, we witnessed perfect running right handers peeling down the beach at the infamous off the wall bank at Duranbah which saw multiple ten point rides going down and the canvas was set to crown our champions for another year.
In the blue ribbon division, the U/16 boys we saw event favorites Kehu Butler and Caleb Tancred battle it out in the man on man final. Kehu nailed several excellent scores throughout the final and put the nail in coffin scoring a 10 point ride on the hooter to take the win in a closely fought final.
In the girls 16’s division, local girls Alyssa Lock and Piper Harrison proved they were the girls to beat all event battling it out in the final. Alyssa was left chasing fellow local Piper Harrison for the duration of their final but with a last show of heroics, Alyssa dug deep into her repertoire and scored an eight-point ride which was all that was needed to move into first place before the final siren of the 20-minute heat.
Congratulations to all of our winners and we look forward to next year, bringing you the Occy’s Grom Comp presented by Flight Centre for the 14th consecutive year.
16 Girls / Boys
1st Alyssa Lock / Kehu Butler
2nd Piper Harrison / Caleb Tancred
14 Girls / Boys
1st Zahli Kelly / Brodi Sale
2nd Ethan Stocks / Jesse Starling
12 Girls / Boys
1st Elli Harrison / Lennix Smith
2nd Jazz Wylie / Marlon Harrison
3rd Lily O’Sullivan / Zeb Stokes
4th Lucy Tandler / Ty Richardson
The Billabong Occy's Grom Comp presented by Flight Center, is proudly supported by, Surfing World Magazine, Kustom, Kirra Surf, JS Surfboards, Vonzipper, Stryker Media, Fast Proof Press, Sun Bum, Nixon, Sector 9, Blue Dinosaur, Mrs Palmers and Surfing Queensland.
Ty Richo winds up off the bottom in the U/12’s Final
Willis Droomer has style to burn but unfortunately bowed out in the Semi Finals
Jay Occhilupo laying down a solid rail gouge
Standout performer of the event Dakoda Walters blowing his tail free in the man on man Semi Final against Caleb Tancred
Event runner up Caleb Tancred knifing through the long right handers on offer during Finals Day
U/16’s winner Kehu Butler was the man to beat all event
Zahli Kelly surfing well beyond her years, winning the U/14 girls division convincingly
Alyssa Lock steals the win off Piper Harrison with some last minute heroics
Lennix Smith proved he was unstoppable laying down multiple excellent scores in the final