Groms thrive in big swell to grab surfing title
Pumping surf has sparked a nailbiting Under 14 Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series at Alexandra Headland.
Alex turned on a challenging 2m swell for Sunday's finals competition as event organisers introduced a best one wave score rather than a traditional two to encourage the under 14s to wait for a wave of a lifetime.
With the wind picking up, Noosa's Mitch Peterson had to pull out something special for the judges after the Gold Coast's Rico Haybittle scored an 7.83 out of 10 with an eye-pleasing close-out to end the ride on a high.
Peterson then picked up a solid wave which showcased his flawless forehand surfing, earning him a 7.93 and the victory.
"These are definitely the best waves we have competed in all year," Peterson said.
Haybittle was awarded the Woolworths Fresh Wave Award for outstanding surfing all day.
In the Under 14s Girls final Buddina's Stella Green fought out another epic contest with Jordy Halford of Currumbin.
Halford just outpointed Green with an quality 8.67 ride ahead of Green's 8.43 to win the Woolworths Fresh Award and a $250 Woolworths gift voucher.
Maroochydore's Sarah Young finished third on the podium.
On Saturday Peregian's Pipi Taylor took out the Under 12 Girls on Saturday while in the Under 10s Louis Taylor was crowned champ.
Day Two Final Results:
Under 14 Boys
1st: Mitchell Peterson (Noosa)
2nd: Rico Haybittle (Burleigh Heads)
3rd: Caden Francis (Palm Beach)
Under 14 Girls
1st: Jordy Halford (Currumbin)
2nd: Stella Green (Buderim)
3rd: Sarah Young (Maroochydore)
Surfing Australia High Performance Champ Awards went to:
Boys: Mitchell Peterson
Girls: Jordy Halford
Woolworths Fresh Wave Award:
Boys: Rico Haybitlle (Burleigh Heads)
Girls: Stella Green (Buderim)
Day One Results:
Under 12 Girls
1st: Pipi Taylor (Peregian)
2nd: Charli Hately (Currumbin)
3rd: Kauri Heuston-Connor (Burleigh Heads)
Under 10 Boys
1st: Louis Taylor (Peregian Beach)
2nd: Dylan Beale (Palm Beach)
3rd: Lucas Deffenti (Burleigh Heads)
Under 10 Girls
1st: Henley Smith (Suffolk Park)
2nd: Amelia Johnston (Marcus Beach)
3rd: Noa Amakawa (Tugun)