Surf stars in the making

HOME-GROWN surfers have dominated at the Rusty Gromfest at Lennox Head over the weekend, taking out the top spots at this year’s event.

Zac Wightman of Lennox Head claimed the boys 12 years division title with some awesome moves, while top seed Micheal Wright came out on top in the boys 14 years division.

Some good clean airs also saw Micheal manage fourth place in the Kerrazy Airshow Invitational.

Kirsten Ogden of Suffolk Park brought it home for the girls in the 16 years division with a nine-point ride, edging out Brodie Doyle, Nikki Van Dyke and India Payne.

“This event is so big and always gets the best surfers and to win is amazing,” Ogden said.

“And two Suffolk Park surfers winning is just sick; I can’t believe it, great for the Byron area.”

Fellow Suffolk Park surfer Soli Bailey was tearing it up in the boys 16 years division.

Soli scored 8.75 on his opening ride, adding another 8.45 for his second ride to beat Zac Scott’s total of 15.5.

“That was a fantastic final, all surfers were ripping and I knew to win I’d need two excellent rides in the final,” Soli said.

“That was what I was chasing and it worked perfectly, and two Suffolk victories is awesome.”

Event director Max Perrot said conditions were fantastic for the finals yesterday.

“We had beautiful surf on Saturday and nice surf again yesterday,” he said.

While Kirsten, Soli, Micheal and Zac were hot favourites before the finals, Perrot said all the local surfers had done well in the early rounds.

“A lot of the local surfers did well, and those that made the finals did excellently,” he said.

Perrot said the boys 12 years division was a standout for the judges.

“It was very exciting this year, and for their age, some of them were amazing,” he said

“They had a lot of maturity for their age, which impressed the judges.”

Perrot said the boys 14 years division was ‘stacked with talent’, including many international surfers.

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