WORLD’S BEST JUNIORS DESCEND ON SYDNEY FOR QUIKSILVER GROMMET
The world’s best junior surfers from eight surfing nations will descend on Sydney’s northern beaches next week for the Quiksilver World Grommet Titles.
Sanctioned by the International Surfing Association (ISA), three individual world titles – Under 18 and 16 Boys and Under 19 Girls – plus the prestigious teams title, are up for grabs.
After dominating the world series for 12 consecutive years, Australia lost the overall title last year for the first time to cross-Tasman rivals, New Zealand.
This year South Africa, who won the recent Quiksilver ISA World Titles in Durban, South Africa, will also provide a strong challenge. Other nations competing include Great Britain, Japan, Tahiti, New Caledonia and Tonga.
The Quiksilver Grommet will be based at North Narrabeen, NSW, and will be mobile from Narrabeen to Palm Beach from July 22 – 28, a period of strong winter swells on the East Coast of Australia.
Contest director Matt Wilson said the Quiksilver Grommet is a great event for young surfers to experience international competition.
“They can use it as a stepping stone to go onto professional careers on the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Qualifying Series (WQS) and hopefully then onto the World Championship Tour (WCT),” Wilson, who is also Surfing Australia’s tour manager, said.
Besides the competition, Wilson said the cultural aspect of the event was also important. “The event prepares them for the rigours of travel and life on the road, an important part of being a successful pro surfer and, with the various countries competing, it gives them an insight into different cultures,” he said.
Former competitors at the Quiksilver Grommet who have gone on to ASP success on the world stage include: Rob Machado (USA), Danny Wills (Aust), Kalani Robb (USA), Michael Lowe (Aust), Beau Emerton (Aust), Nathan Webster (Aust), Taj Burrow (Aust), Zane Harrison (Aust), Joel Parkinson (Aust), Ben Bourgeois (USA), Pauline Menczer (Aust), Melanie Redman (Aust) and Chelsea Georgeson (Aust).