Pro Juniors gear up for Oz Grom Open
THE 2015 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open at Lennox Head starting on Friday of next week will attract some of the world's most talented junior surfers.
The World Surf League Junior Qualifying Series 72-man division will join the long-running Under-16 years event and includes a $12,000 purse - the biggest prize pool for any Pro Junior event in Australia - with the winner walking away with $4500.
WSL Australasia JQS rankings leader Kai Hing (Wurtulla, Qld) will defend the top position when the event gets under way and is looking forward to heading to Lennox Head to compete.
"As a grommet, I loved competing down at Lennox Head in the younger divisions of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open and I can't wait to get back there for the new Pro Junior division," he said.
"I've had an unreal time on the JQS so far this year, as have most of the surfers who are competing.
"Everyone is hungry to get a decent result and put themselves in the best position as we get closer to the World Junior Championships later in the year."
Aside from the Pro Junior division, boys and girls will compete in Under-12s, Under-14s and Under-16s.
The Oz Grom Open is organised by Le-Ba Board-riders with assistance from the Ballina Shire Council and Surfing NSW.