Groms show skills in the surf
FOUR Far North Coast surfers took to the water for the national finals of the Rip Curl Grom Search at Narrabeen in Sydney.
Lennox Head brothers Harry and Jack O'Brien were joined by Jai Glinderman and Nyxie Ryan when the three-day competition started yesterday.
Ryan will be expecting to be there at the business end after winning her qualifying round in the 14 and under girls at the Sunshine Coast last month.
Glinderman showed plenty of skill during his heats yesterday while the O'Brien brothers are capable of pulling off big scores.
In other heats, local knowledge helped Northern Beaches surfer Jamie Thomson who put on the most dominant performance of the day.
He posted a huge 17.67 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) in the 14 and under boys division.
Thomson executed a barrage of backside snaps along the way to advance straight into the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Cedar Leigh-Jones continued her winning streak posting a near-perfect 9.33 ride in her opening heat in the 12 years girls.
Leigh-Jones surfed well beyond her years and sent a warning shot to all her competitors when she unloaded on a playful righthander and notched up the previously mentioned score.
Xavier Huxtable was the best interstate performer, earning himself a 17.27 heat total in the 16-and-under boys.