Indo’s Rahtu Suargita
South African Team
Team Title Heats – Australia
A half day of competition today saw the Quiksilver World Grommet Teams Event go off. The surf was on a bit of a decline from yesterday (which was on a decline from the day before), but the waves stayed contestable in the waist to chest high range. Once again the full tide put a major stopper on the wave action, but both sides of the tides remained decent.
Competing teams in the event were South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Tahiti, Australia, Japan and Great Britain. The standouts of the day were by far the Australians who easily smoked the competition in their heat and posted the high score of the teams event with 82.96. The Australians definitely have the know-how in this event, as they have held a stronghold of 11 straight team title victories since the event first started back in 1989. Japan and South Africa both placed first in their heats as well. The Japanese surfed fast and loose to their victory, while the South Africans relied on hard-rail turns for their win.
The repercharge heat consisted of all the second place teams from the first round along with the highest scoring third place finisher. Tahiti, Indonesia, Great Britain and New Zealand battled it out to see who would secure a spot in the finals and who would end up watching. In the slow high tide surf, it was New Zealand that emerged triumphant from a heat that saw as many reshuffling of the standings as the lips getting smacked by competitors throughout the event.
New Zealand, Australia, Japan and South Africa will all lock horns on Sunday, finals day, to see who the dream team really is. Tomorrow will see the requalifying rounds for all divisions and the second round for the Under 18 boys. Contest organizers are calling for an increase in swell over the next few days starting tomorrow, which will be a welcomed relief from the slowish action of the last two days. This will give surfers a better opportunity to compete- till the last gromm standing.
By Lorca Lueras