ABOVE: Mitch Parkinson on his way to winning the Under-20 invitational section of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open at Lennox Head last year.
ABOVE: Mitch Parkinson on his way to winning the Under-20 invitational section of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open at Lennox Head last year. FILE

Skullcandy Oz Grom Open this week at Lennox

SOME of the best teenage surfers will compete in the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open at Lennox Head this week.

The event starts tomorrow and will run for six days hot on the heels of the popular Occy Grom competition on the Gold Coast.

Lennox Head surfers also fared well in the Cabas Big Bang at Cabarita Beach this week.

The event finished on Monday with Le-Ba surfer Jake Snellgrove collecting $2000 prizemoney for winning the junior section

It is the third time theOz Grom Open has run and been hosted by the Lennox-Ballina Boardriders.

It replaced Rusty Gromfest in 2012 after that event ran for 16 years at Ballina and Lennox Head.

"There was a shortage of junior events in Australia at the time," Le-Ba president Jonny Hewett said.

"We wanted to offer something unique to our future stars of the sport and also give something back to the local community."

The event has grown and evolved in its three years.

An invitational Under-20s division was added to the competition last year.

Coolangatta surfer Mitch Parkinson was the winner, taking home $4000.

Competitors from the United States, South Africa, Japan and Tahiti have also surfed at the event.

World champion Mick Fanning was a surprise guest last year.

A panel of judges with experience in Association of Surfing Professionals events will again judge the contest.

Surfing will conclude with the finals next Wednesday.



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