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Champions crowned in pumping conditions - Rip Curl Gromsearch presented by Flight Centre

20 September 2016

Sandon Whittaker (Avoca, NSW) and Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) have claimed the 16 & Under divisions at the opening event of the 2016 Rip Curl Gromsearch Series presented by Flight Centre at Jan Juc.

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

The 2016 Rip Curl GromSearch series is presented by FLIGHT CENTRE with managing partner Surfing Australia.

2016 Rip Curl #GromSearch Torquay Results

16 & Under Boys

1st Sandon Whittaker 16.30
2nd Xavier Huxtable 15.60
3rd Noah Stocca 3.47
4th Jay Brown 2.43

16 & Under Girls

1st Piper Harrison 10.90
2nd Kirra-Belle Olsson 10.23
3rd Sophie Fletcher 9.14
4th Nica Frayne 9.00

14 & Under Boys

1st Xavier Huxtable 17.10
2nd Lennox Chell 12.94
3rd Jamie Thomas 11.30
4th Logan Steinwede 6.93

14 & Under Girls

1st Nyxie Ryan 7.00
2nd Bella Wilson 5.17
3rd Emma Cattlin 4.27
4th Poppy Corbett 3.43

12 & Under Boys

1st Marlon Harrison 15.77
2nd Ethan Huxtable 12.83
3rd Jack O’Brian 11.20
4th Zeph Lamperd 6.27

12 & Under Girls

1st Ellie Harrison 17.50
2nd Jazz Wylie 15.17
3rd Poppy Corbett 4.83
4th Charlize Everitt 3.96

2016 Rip Curl #GromSearch Series Dates

EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - Sept 17 - 19, 2016
EVENT 2 - Maroubra, NSW - Sep 24 - 27, 2016
EVENT 3 - Trigg / Scarborough WA - Oct 7 - 9, 2016
EVENT 4 - Yorkes Peninsula, SA - Nov 12 - 13, 2016
EVENT 5 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - Dec 12 - 16, 2016
National Final - North Narrabeen - Jan 16 - 18, 2017

Citroen is the official vehicle partner of Rip Curl Australia.


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