With great 3-4ft waves on the final day, all surfers were treated to some classic Victorian conditions with cold offshore winds under intermittent sunshine. Impressing judges throughout the whole event, 16-year-old Sandon Whittaker (Avoca, NSW) was unstoppable on the final day locking in the highest single score of the event, a perfect 10-point ride in the Semi Finals.
In the Final, Whittaker was equally impressive locking in a 9.47-point ride to take top honors and finish with a heat total of 16.30 points.
I’m stoked to take out the first Gromsearch event of the year. I’ve been trying for so long to get a Gromsearch win and I’m happy to finally get it. - Sandon Whittaker
Placing behind him was local favorite Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, VIC) who tallied a heat total of 15.60 points. Placing in third and fourth was Noah Stocca (Peregian Beach, QLD) and Jay Brown (Lilli Pilli, NSW). 15 year old Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) claimed the 16 & Under Girls division in what was a wave starved final.
The former Victorian who grew up on the Mornington Peninsula was comfortable in the powerful conditions which allowed her to get the best waves of the heat. Scoring an 8-point ride on her final wave to take the win, Harrison tallied a 10.90 heat total to win over former event champion Kirra-Belle Olsson (Avoca, NSW) who scored a heat total of 10.23 points.
Placing in third and fourth was Sophie Fletcher (Phillip Island, VIC) and Nica Frayne (Mona Vale, NSW). The 14 & Under Boys final saw Xavier Huxtable dominate in the final locking in a heat total of 17.10 points including a 9.60 ride. Lennox Chell (Avoca, NSW) finished in second place on 12.94 points behind Huxtable. With Jamie Thomas (Narrabeen, NSW) and Logan Steinwede (Wagstaffe, NSW) in third and fourth.
A challenging final in the 14 & Under girls saw Nyxie Ryan walk away with the win on a heat total of 7.00 points. Ryan placed ahead of Bella Wilson (Jan Juc, VIC) who finished with a heat toal of 5.17 points. Emma Cattlin (Yallingup, WA) and Poppy Corbett (Phillip Island, VIC) placed in third and fourth.
Piper Harrison’s little brother, Marlon, made it a successful weekend for the Harrison family by winning the 12 & Under Boys division. Scoring some great rides, Harrison finished with a 15.77-point heat total to take the win over local Ethan Huxtable (Jan Juc, VIC). Huxtable finished on a heat total of 12.83 points. Placing in third and fourth was Jack O’Brian (Lennox Head, NSW) and Zeph Lamperd (Barwon Heads, VIC)
Scoring the highest female heat total of the weekend was Ellie Harrison who locked in a 17.50 point total in the final of the 12 & Under Girls. Finishing in second was Jazz Wylie (Jan Juc, VIC) who scored an excellent 8.50 point ride in the final minutes, however it was not enough to beat an inform Harrison. Finishing in third and fourth was Poppy Corbett (Phillip Island, VIC) and Charlize Everitt (Boomarang Beach, NSW). Full results can be found online at www.surfingvic.com