Day one of the Billabong Parko's Grom Stomp was action packed with the Under 10’s and 11’s setting the bench mark for the rest of the event.
Small, yet fun conditions saw some of the youngest, but most talented surfers in Australia hit the water at Kings Beach Caloundra this morning. A beach full of frothing grommets set the vibe for the event and this excitement was seen in the water with some big scores being posted throughout the morning.
Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, QLD) opened up his Parko Grom Stomp campaign in outstanding form posting one of the highest single-wave scores of the day (8.5 out of a possible 10 points) to move straight into the Championship Semi Final of the 10 and Under Boys division and a step closer to having his name etched on one of the most prestigious trophies in junior surfing.
Joining Richardson in the 10 and Under Boys Semi Finals will be Zeb Stokes (Buddina, QLD) who took out the first heat of the day with a strong display of surfing showing the depth of Queensland junior surfing talent on the Sunshine Coast.
Jay Occhilupo (Coolangatta, QLD) cemented his spot in the Semi Final of the 11 and Under Boys with a dominant performance in his heat. Occhilupo has a point to prove after bombing out in round one of the Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp, (named after his father, 1999 World Champion Mark Occhilupo) earlier this year and is in the running to win Parko’s event of the Bloodline series.
Competition will continue tomorrow where finals for both 10 and Under and 11 and Under divisions will be held and champions crowned. The Billabong Parko Grom Stomp will continue on the Sunshine Coast until Sunday.