Sport

Grommets give their all

SUPER GROMS: Coolum pro junior surfer Kelly Norris and the “crumbed sausages” .
SUPER GROMS: Coolum pro junior surfer Kelly Norris and the “crumbed sausages” . Contributed

THE inaugural Super Grom Surf Off held at Coolum Beach last Saturday was hailed a huge success, with 32 grommets from far and wide taking advantage of near perfect two to three-foot waves.

Event organisers Dean and Julie Parkinson were thrilled with the event and the support from local businesses and sponsors and are already planning to double the size of the event next year.

"It takes a lot of work and organisation to get a comp up and running and for it to go smoothly and receive such positive feedback is a relief," Julie said.

"We plan to be back bigger and better next year."

The blue riband boys 13 and under final was dominated by Caloundra's Reef Heazlewood who posted a 9.5 ride in

the dying minutes of the final.

Jack Veale (second), Tom Prout (third) and Tom Berryman (fourth) also posted high-scoring rides, highlighting the level of talent in this age division.

In the early rounds, strong performances were posted by 11-year-old Kara Peterson (Coolum) in the 13 and under girls division and Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Heads) in the 11 and under boys division, with both scoring 10-point rides in their first round heats.

Jye and Jesse Parkinson (Coolum) continued their exceptional form, taking out first and second respectively in the boys 9 and under division with Tom Rose second and Ashton Pignet third.

In the boys 11 and under division Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head) proved too strong for his opponents, Will Muskins, Zane Assink and Will Carter, who placed second, third and fourth respectively.

The girls 13 and under final was closely contested with Kara Peterson (Coolum) showing blistering form, out-surfing Ellia Smith (second), Kelly Pocock (third) and Lilana Bowrey (fourth).

Surfing Queensland's development officer for the Sunshine Coast, Dave Lammin, said the Super Grom Surf Off provided an opportunity for aspiring junior surfers to compete in a state-sanctioned event underpinned by the support of Wilson Family.

Kara Peterson won the Julian Wilson $500 scholarship as the most promising young surfer of the event.

The scholarship will go towards funding high performance training and tournament entry fees for Kara.

Wilson sent word from Santa Cruz: "I am really excited about the possibility of these up and coming kids having an opportunity to get some contest experience as they are the future of the sport."

Dean and Julie Parkinson thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the event, including Coolum Boardriders and sponsors Penny Skateboards, FCS Softboards, Coolum Surf, Widebay Motorcycles, Zee Wetsuits, The Boardstore, Shotgun Surfboards, Elite Surf Coaching, Performance Physio, Coolum Surfing School and Breaka flavoured milk.

Coolum pro junior surfer and Breaka flavoured milk ambassador Kelly Norris was at the event cheering on the groms and handing out 800 bottles of Breaka milk.

RESULTSSuper Grom Surf Off

Girls 13 & under (parent assist)

1. Kara Peterson

2. Ellia Smith

3. Kelly Pocock

4. Lilana Bowrey

Boys 9 & under (parent assist)

1. Jye Parkinson

2. Jesse Parkinson

3. Tom Rose

4. Ashton Pignet

Boys 11 & under

1. Mickey McDonagh

2. Will Muskins

3. Zane Assink

4. Will Carter

Boys 13 & under

1. Reef Heazlewood

2. Jack Veale

3. Tom Prout

4. Tom Berryman


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