Local surfers knocked out of Oz Grom Open at Lennox Head
UPDATE 3pm: GOLD Coast surfer Mitch Parkinson took out the $3000 under-20 division of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in Lennox Head yesterday.
He dominated the final with a massive 18.07 (out of a possible 20) against New Zealand surfer Elliot Paerata Reid who can only manage a 9.5.
Parkinson is the younger cousin of defending World Champion Joel Parkinson.
Paerata Reid returns home to New Zeeland with the $1000 runner-up prize.
Yamba surfer Jeames Young took out the under-16 final with a 14.1 against Sunshine Coast surfer Quinn Bruce.
Sydney surfer Holly Wawn was chaired up the beach after she took out the under-16 girls final.
Wawn beat Jaleesa Vincent, Isabbela Nichols and Lucy Callister.
Dextar Muskens was always going to be hard to beat in the under-14 final when he registered a perfect 10 with his first wave.
He finished the heat with a 19.00 beating Sandon Whittaker, Duke Nagtzaam and Keitro Fujinuma. And Caleb Tancred (17.16) was too good in the under-12 boys final against Mikey McDonagh, Xavier Huxtable and Jagger Bartholomew.
8.06am: LENNOX Head surfers Mikey McDonagh and Zac Wightman have advanced to the final day of competition at the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open.
Wightman will be up first this morning in the semi-finals of the under-16 boys division. A score of a 12.6 (out of a possible 20) was enough to get him through the quarter-finals yesterday.
McDonagh won his semi-final in the under-12s with a 12.84 and will take on Xavier Huxtable, Caleb Tancred and Jagger Bartholomew in the final.
Jagger is the son of legendary surfer Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew who was a guest commentator at the event yesterday alongside Gary Elkerton.
Meanwhile, Suffolk Park surfer Soli Bailey is the only local remaining in the under-20 division.
Last year's winner of the under-16s Leo Fiorvanti and Lennox Head surfer Mikey Wright were surprise eliminations in the under-20s.
"We had some great conditions and there were waves all day," contest director Tony O'Brien said.
"We had a few interferences and some upsets too.
"But there were high scores and it should be even better conditions tomorrow."
Jaleesa Vincent, Isabbela Nichols, Holly Wawn and Lucy Callister have made the final of the under-16 girls.
Dexter Muskens, Sandon Whittaker, Duke Nagtzaam and Keitro Fujinuma will surf in the under-14 boys final.
Surfing starts from 8am with the presentation expected for around noon.