Mitch Parkinson and Ellie Jean Win Rip Curl GromSearch National's!
IT was a double dose of Mitch Parkinson and Ellie-Jean Coffey at 2010 Rip Curl GromSearch national final presented by Air Asia and Power Balance, with the radical Parkinson and powerful Coffey dominating proceedings in the premier 16 and Under Boys & Girls divisions.
Parkinson qualified for today's national final, which was held in 0.5m waves at Southport Spit (Gold Coast, Qld) after winning yesterday's Gold Coast leg of the Rip Curl GromSearch series.
With surfing running through the stylish natural footer's (left foot forward stance) veins, Parkinson carried his momentum from yesterday's thrilling victory into today's prestigious National Rip Curl GromSearch Final, with the victory securing him a place in the international Rip Curl GromSearch, which is run in conjunction with the 2011 Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria.
Parkinson registered a combined two-wave heat total of 17.50 (out of a possible 20) in the final, toppling Jordan Lawlor (North Narrabeen, NSW 14.00), Joshua Hay (Copacabana, NSW 13.76) and Kelly Norris (Coolum, Qld 11.17) who finished second to fourth respectively.
Gold Coast Rip Curl GromSearch Results:
12 and Under Boys: 1. Bruce Quinn (Sunrise Beach, Qld)2. Kian Shahar (Byron Bay, NSW)3. Harmon Kassulke (Mermaid Beach, Qld)
4. Jarrad Szele (Cowries, NSW)
12 and Under Girls: 1. Koby Enright (Tweed Heads, NSW) 2. Holly-Sue Coffey (Crescent Head, NSW)3. Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW)
4. Kiani Dobbyn (Tweed Heads, NSW)
14 and Under Boys: 1. Hiroto Ohara (Japan)2. Kai Hing (Wurtulla, Qld)3. Chris Zaffis (Angourie, NSW)
4. Harry Bryant (Sunshine Coast, Qld)
14 and Under Girls: 1. Holly-Sue Coffey (Crescent Head, NSW)2. Jade Wheatley (Currumbin, NSW)3. Holly Wawn (Newport, NSW)
4. Cali McDonagh (Lennox Head, NSW)
Air Asia Wave of the Day Quinn Bruce
Boys Power Balance Performance Award Kiarn Shahar
Girls Power Balance Performance Award Jade Wheatley
Boys Waves Rising Star (Six Month Subscription) Tommy Boucaut
Boys Waves Rising Star (Six Month Subscription) Audrey Styman-Lane