Peregian's Landen Smales in action.
Peregian's Landen Smales in action. Richard Goldner Images

Ripping it up at grom shootout

SURFING: He is is only 10 but Peregian's Landen Smales is is carving out a name for himself in the sport of surfing as much as he slices through the waves with Bede's Grom Shootout the latest to receive his signature moves.

Landen travelled to North Stradbroke Island and took out the under 12 boys' division in tricky two-foot conditions at Deadmans Beach against some tough competition.

This comp was formerly known as the Fox Grom Shootout.

World Champion Tour surfer Bede Durbidge, along with Point Lookout Boardriders, hosted the fifth annual event with more than 125 groms from across Queensland and New South Wales looking for glory.

North Straddie is Bede's old stomping ground.

This is the fourth year Landen has competed at the event which he started contesting when he was seven years old in the non-competitive push-in division.

He was focussed throughout the event after placing second a few weeks ago at the Billabong Ozgrom Cup.

"I love Straddie, it's a three-day holiday where I can surf with my mates,” Landen said.

"It's so good to have Bede there.

" He is so nice and encouraging to us groms and he is definitely one of my idols.

"And to get the win just tops it off.”

Bede also commented on social media about Landen: "This kid rips”.

Landen asked Bede to sign his trophy and Bede wrote: "To Landen, see you in tour.”

Needless to say Landen was pretty stoked.


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