Storming Lilliana is not to be denied for Billabong Oz Grom Cup win
TEWANTIN'S Lilliana Bowrey has taken out the Billabong Oz Grom Cup in New South Wales for her division.
The current U12 Queensland title holder surfed the long route to get to the finals by surfing in the re-qualifying heat to get to the quarter and semi-finals.
Lilliana used her powerful forehand attack to positive effect to claim the NSW title.
She notched up a 14.57 heat total to claim the victory in the heat ahead of Zahlia Short (Austinmer, NSW), Rosie Smart (Sawtell, NSW) and Tiana Darragh (Malabar, NSW) who claimed second, third and fourth respectively.
Event 10-and-Under standout Landen Smales of Peregian Beach, despite his good form, was taken down by Samuel Lowe (Port Kembla, NSW).
Samuel lived up to the pedigree of his father and former World Championship Tour surfer Mick Lowe.
He posted an excellent 8.33 wave score which slingshot him past Landen.
In the 10-and-Under Girls, Ruby Barber of Noosa Heads took third behind winner Shyla Short (Austinmer, NSW) and runner-up Jordy Halford (Currumbin Waters, Qld).
Ryder Martin of nearby Coolum Beach didn't let the heaving beach break conditions faze him as he ripped apart the 8-and-Under Mixed division. Martin posted 14.77 heat total to claim the win ahead of local surfer Fletcher O'Sullivan (Sawtell, NSW) who claimed second position.
The prestigious five-day event now in its fourth year catered for more than 200 competitors in nine different divisions.
Former champions include current World Junior Champion Macy Callaghan who claimed her respective division in the event's inaugural year.
Since then, the event has been won by a range of Australia's best and most promising junior surfers.