So close for local surfer
Sunrise Beach surfer Naomi Stevic went within seconds of winning the Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp title on the Gold Coast this week.
It took a superb last-ditch effort from New South Wales sensation Tyler Wright to defeat Stevic ahead of Western Australia’s Laura Macaulay and Kingscliff’s Cody Klein.
Despite Stevic’s best efforts, Wright continued to apply the pressure, coming from behind to seal the win in the last two minutes with a heat-high 8.83.
Wright finished with a 16.20 two-wave combination (out of a possible 20) to Stevic’s 14.83.
Stevic’s runner-up finish marked her best result of the year, offering a small amount of consolation for her narrow defeat.
“I’m pretty stoked,” Stevic said.
“Tyler surfed so well and I just needed another wave to beat her but I’m still super happy with my result.”
Carrying on from her three previous 14 and under victories, Wright further stamped her reputation as the next big thing in Australian surfing, taking down a stacked field of the country’s finest female junior surfers to add the blue ribbon 16 and under girl’s crown to her name.
But it was not easy for 14-year-old Wright, forced to click into overdrive to upstage a who’s who of young Australian talent in clean one-metre beach break waves at Duranbah.
“It feels so awesome to continue my winning streak,” Wright said.“It’s such a good event to win. Occy is definitely a legend in my eyes, so to win another crown in his event is awesome.”