CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT THE 2018 BILLABONG OCCY’S GROM COMP
Six individual grommet champions have been crowned today at the Billabong Occys Grom Comp presented by Flight Centre, held at Duranbah Beach.
Lennox Chell (Avoca Beach, NSW) has defeated Codie Jeffery (Newhaven, VIC) in an exciting final in the 16 and under boys division. Chell secured an excellent score of an 8.67 (out of a possible 10.00 points) in the opening minutes to put Victorian surfer Codie Jeffery on the ropes. Chell’s late score of a 6.67 made it an almost impossible task for Jeffery to overcome with the clock winding down. Chell now etches his name on the prestigious Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp trophy alongside many other world class surfers. Chell has also been selected by the man himself Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo to attend a money can’t buy experience trip overseas with a bunch of the Billabong pros. “I’ve never won this event before, and I’ve always wanted to. To have a win out here at D-bah was really good as well,” said Chell.
Holly Williams (Buddina, QLD) has taken out the 16 and under girls division, defeating Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW) in what can only be described as a nail biting final. It was neck and neck throughout the heat, but Williams showed skill and precision to take the win. “I couldn’t be happier. This is my fourth year competing in the Occys Grom Comp so it’s amazing to get a win – especially in this division,” said Williams.
In an exciting 14 and under boys final, Brazilian young gun Leo Casal has taken first place ahead of Touma Cameron (Suffolk Park, NSW). Casal has been residing in Coolangatta for the last few months and will head back to Brazil today with the win. “It’s amazing to win here in Australia. I had to change my plane ticket to make the final today - I was supposed to leave this morning. So I’m stoked!” said Casal.
Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC) has taken out the 14 and under girls division, defeating Gold Coaster Lucy Tandler (Coolangatta, QLD). “It was good. They were tough waves out there, but definitely fun. I won two years ago in the 12 and under girls, so it feels great to win a second one,” said Harrison.
Hugh Vaughan (Bateau Bay, NSW) was named 12 and under boys champion, defeating American Cannon Carr (San Clemente, CA) in the final. Vaughan pulled into a barrel midway through the heat, which was awarded “Best Barrel” of the event as well – the wave scoring him a 9.10, giving him a two-wave heat total of 18.00. “It feels really good. I got fourth in the event last year, and I really wanted to win – so it feels great to take first,” said Vaughan.
The 12 and under girls division saw local girl Quincy Symonds (Tweed Heads, NSW) A.K.A “The Flying Squirrel” take the win over Zahlia Short (Austinmer, NSW) in a close-cut final. “I’m so stoked, the waves were pumping,” said Symonds. “Seeing Jack (Freestone) and Occy surfing out there just inspired me to go big. The heat was awesome!”
As added value four competitors were also named winners in the following fields:
Best Barrel: Hugh Vaughan (Bateau Bay, NSW)
Most Progressive Move: Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC)
Best Air: Will Carter (Wurtulla, QLD)
Best Overall Performance: Leo Casal (Coolangatta, QLD)
The prestigious event is known for attracting juniors from all over the globe. This year, the event has entries from countries including the USA, Portugal, Japan, New Zealand and Indonesia.
The 2018 Billabong Occys Grom Comp presented by Flight Centre is proudly supported by Billabong, Flight Centre, Kirra Surf, JS Surfboards, VonZipper, Kustom, Nixon, Hydro Flask, Blue Dinosaur, Surfing World, Fast Proof Press, Mrs Palmers, Futures, Dakine, Sign Event and Surfing Queensland.