QUIKSILVER GROMMET MOVES INTO QUARTER-FINAL STAGE
Beau Walker (Byron Bay, NSW) scored the highest points of round two of the Under 18 Boys division to move through to the quarter-finals of the Quiksilver Grommet at Sydney’s North Narrabeen Beach today.
Competing in half to occasionally one metre surf on day three of the competition, Walker scored 15.5 points out of 30 to defeat fellow Australian Ryan Campbell (Sunshine Coast, Queensland) who scored 13.75, with Spain’s Gony Zubizarreta third (12.25) and Tahiti’s Willy Richerd fourth (6.50). Campbell also moves through to the quarter-finals while third-placegetter Zubizarreta has to surf in a requalifying round.
Walker was happy with his win. “The conditions were small and inconsistent, so you really had to be selective in choosing your waves,” he said.South African Ricky Basnett, 16, impressed with his win in the Under 18s, scoring 14.5 points to defeat Tevita Gukilau (Palmyra, Western Australia) on 13.25, with Spain’s Javier Bilbao third (9.25) and Great Britain’s Lloyd Cole fourth on 8.10. Basnett and Gukilau, the current Australian junior champion, move into the quarter-finals.
Basnett said he enjoyed the waves. “They’re good for a contest – it’s better than being big and closing out,” he said.
New Zealand’s Bobby Hansen continued his strong form in the event by winning his Under 18 round two heat. Hansen, 17, from Gisborne, said he found the conditions difficult but he still managed a score of 14 points to defeat South Africa’s Gerard Du Plesis (12.50), Tahiti’s Michel Bourrez (11.00) and Japan’s Ryuji Iwata (10.75).
In the Under 16 division, Australian Luke Cheadle (Culburra, NSW) continued his winning run with a victory in round two. Cheadle (11.85 points) defeated fellow Australian Jay Davies (Yallingup, Western Australia) on 9.25, with both going to the quarter-finals. South Africa’s Paul Love was third on 6.15 and Tahiti’s Heremoana Luciani fourth with 6.5.
South Africa’s Jordan Smith used all his experience to win his way through to the quarter finals of the U16 Boys.
Other heat winners in the Under 16 Boys were James Wood (Lennox Head, NSW), Jordan Smith (South Africa), and Shyouta Nakamura (Japan).
In the Under 18 Boys, heat winners included South African Andrew Groenwall, Japan’s Masato Nakano and Tahiti’s Steeven Pierson.
In two requalifying heats of the Under 19 Girls, Spain’s Mirka Martin Solar and South Africa’s Tamlynne Lee Smith both recorded wins.
The Quiksilver Grommet has three individual world titles and the overall world teams title to decide. Sanctioned by the International Surfing Association (ISA), teams from nine nations will compete until this Sunday in the best surf on Sydney’s northern beaches.