The first day of competition ran smoothly and everyone was totally stoked on the outcome. The swell had dropped a touch from yesterday’s small push, but before and after the noon peak high tide surfers were treated to long waist to chest high rippable walls, with the odd bomb set thrown in for fun. The first rounds of the Quiksilver Boys Under 18 and Under 16 and the Roxy Girls Under 19 (in that order) all went through without interruption. The peak high tide may have hampered more than a few chances at getting a fair shot, due to the mushiness and backwash, which forced several heats into grovel mode over the inside sandbar.
All the competitors surfed well, although there were several performing on a level above the rest. In the Quiksilver Boys Under 18, the first division of the day, Australian Luke Munro was no doubt the stand out and proceeded to blow up every wave he surfed netting the highest scoring heat with 21.65. Fellow Australian Bede Durbidge and South African Shaun Gossman both surfed with authority and easily took out their heats.
The surfing talent in the Quiksilver Boys Under 16 was definitely on par with their “seniors”. Team New Zealand’s Bobby Hansen (a finalist in last years Quiksilver World Grommets Titles) ripped hard to victory in his heat, and local Indonesian shredder Rahtu Suargita used local knowledge and consistent surfing to ace his heat. A special note on Marlon Lispke of the German team, who surfed into second behind Rahtu way above the expectations of everyone, considering he comes from an inland nation which has about as much coastline as Bali does snow. Puerto Rican Dylan Graves carved sick turns each time he had the opportunity, and USA’s Peter Garaway surfed solid as well, busting, but not landing, one of the few (if not the only) airs of the day. Both placed first in their heats.
Most notable of all in the Roxy Girls Under 19 division was Laurina McGrath, Australia, who ripped in the first heat and posted the highest scoring heat of the competition’s first day with a 22.17. Also, Anau Burling, the sole female Tongan competitor carried the flag for her country and placed first in her heat. Puerto Rico was off to a slow start as both competitors got knocked into the requalifying round.
The day ended with a superb sunset and as Contest Director Mal Gregson said, “It was the smoothest start for the Quiksilver World Grommet Titles in years.” Competition will begin tomorrow morning at 8 A.M. sharp and given the right conditions will push on until Sunday – till the last gromm standing.
By Lorca Lueras
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