Heat is on for Wright
LOCAL favourite Michael Wright has surfed his way through to the finals of the Rusty Gromfest, despite heavy rain and not-so-perfect conditions.
The number one seed in the under-14 boys, Wright scored an eight and a three in his first heat yesterday and will compete again today.
“There’s not really anyone I’m looking to beat, I just take it as it comes,” he said.
The 13-year-old Lennox Head local said he didn’t feel he had the ‘home town advantage’ in the first heat.
After torrential rain yesterday morning, the conditions were average, with a one-metre swell and cross-shore winds.
“It was pretty good, the conditions were tricky but it was fun,” Wright said.
With older siblings Tyler and Owen surfing overseas, older brother Tim was there for moral support.
“Tyler and Owen helped us out a bit every now and then,” the youngster said.
While Wright could well follow in the footsteps of his famous brother and sister, he is still undecided about whether he will be a professional surfer.
But for now he is focusing on this weekend and after winning the under-14 boys division last year is hoping for a repeat performance.
“I look forward to this every year because it’s probably the biggest event for kids my age,” he said.
Event director Max Perrot said despite the conditions, the top seeds surfed really well yesterday.
“It’s only the first round and we expect most of them to get through to the next round,” he said.
“This year the competition has a lot of depth; some are elite champions, but all of them are good and the bottom end of the field is better than they have been in the past so it’s pretty tight.”
Perrot also thanked the locals, including the Lennox Longboarders Association and those from the Alstonville/Lennox Head Surf Life Saving Club, who set up for the event despite the torrential rain.
Rusty Gromfest heats continue today with the finals set for tomorrow.