Nyxie hoping to continue good form in the surf
LENNOX Head surfer Nyxie Ryan will look for back-to-back wins when she competes in the Rip Curl GromSearch at Narrabeen in Sydney this week.
Ryan won the 14 years and under girls division on the Sunshine Coast to qualify for the national finals at Narrabeen.
Far North Coast surfers Jai Glinderman and brothers Jack and Harry O'Brien are also competing.
More than 50 aspiring professional surfers from all over Australia will contest the three-day competition starting tomorrow.
Former Lennox Head surfer and women's world champion Tyler Wright is a previous competitor in the event along with Byron Bay professional Matt Wilkinson.
"Last year we saw some of the most picturesque waves we could possibly imagine for an event,” Surfing NSW chief executive Luke Madden said.
"With any luck we'll see similar conditions that will allow the whole field to put on an impressive display of surfing and really show what they're capable of.”
All GromSearch events include boys and girls divisions in 16 years and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under age groups.
Surfers receive points for their results in each event, which then count towards a National GromSearch ratings system.
The series started in 1999 as a one-day event in Victoria.
Since then it has developed into the strongest international series in the world for 16 years and under surfers.
With parallel Rip Curl GromSearch series in 10 other countries, it has become a crucial stepping stone in the development of elite junior surfers.
Other professionals who have surfed in the series include Gabriel Medina, Felipe Toledo, Jordy Smith, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons.