LAST YEAR’S OCCY'S GROM COMP TAUGHT ME (NOT) TO...
From broken boards to performance anxiety, everyone gains experience in competition. We interviewed a crew of groms to find out what they would do differently this year. After sifting through the responses (most of which involved a serious regret in entering the raw egg eating competition) we found some answers that we all should take heed of.
I learnt to not take out my good board out at pumping snapper and break the tail right off while pulling into a barrel. - Tane Bowden
To choose the right waves and got to know the break better.- Kian Martin
Always to surf the comp area the day before or even the morning before because the conditions can change so quickly! - Caleb Tancred
Trying different boards than what I rode last year. Billy Harrison
I've been in the Occy grom comp twice and have not made a heat.... so I'm not going to let that happen again! I'm really looking forward to catching a few waves and trying to surf good this year.- Dakota Walters
The best surfers from all over Australia come for the Occy so you need to bring your "A" game... - Luke Glover
I learnt that I can ride a smaller thinner board than home & look for the best shape waves. Mia McCarthy