Zac impresses in Lennox Oz Grom Open heat with 9.17 wave
LENNOX Head surfer Zac Wightman posted an excellent 9.17 wave score to take top spot in his first-round heat of the World Surf League Junior Qualifying Series division of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open at Lennox yesterday.
Wightman will face Kael Walsh (WA), Kai Hing (Qld) and Mitchell Parkinson (Qld) in the second round this morning.
"I haven't had a heat like that in a long time so it felt good to get some mojo back," Wightman said.
"Seeing faces you know as you run down for your heat is such a good feeling before you head out.
"I actually thought I was too deep on that wave I got a 9.17 on, but it held its line for me fortunately and just rang nicely along the bank."
Australasian JQS rankings leader Kai Hing (Qld) managed to just keep his Oz Grom Open dream alive by performing some last-minute heroics to sneak into second position behind Quinn Bruce (Qld), who held a convincing lead throughout the heat.
In the dying seconds of the heat, Hing unloaded an impressive two-turn combination to ensure he progressed.
Competition will start each day at 7.30am with the call for the day's schedule confirmed via the event hotline at 6.45am. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
The six-day event involves more than 300 surfers in Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 divisions as well as the WSL component.
The Oz Grom Open is supported by Le-Ba Boardriders, Ballina Shire Council and Surfing NSW.