Grom­mets im­press de­spite slow build

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Lu­cas En­glert

Con­di­tions for the 2017 Sun Smart Grace­town Grom­mets didn’t start off ex­actly as event or­gan­is­ers planned, with a 1.5m swell hit­ting Huz­zas.

The com­pe­ti­tion started af­ter a small de­lay and it was the youngest di­vi­sions out in the wa­ter first.

The con­test venue was opened up to in­clude Bor­ries, giv­ing two op­tions for the grom­mets to surf.

Great surf­ing was seen from the start, with all com­peti­tors flar­ing up.

Par­ents and vis­i­tors were treated to the fu­ture of WA surf­ing.

Now in it’s 21st year, the Grace­town Grom­mets is the long­est run­ning and most pres­ti­gious ju­nior surf­ing event on the WA calendar, with past win­ners of this com­pe­ti­tion in­clud­ing Yadin Ni­col, Ja­cob Will­cox, Jack Robin­son, Bronte MacCaulay, and Shaun Man­ners.

The swell started to in­crease through­out the day, and com­peti­tors fo­cused on Huz­zas as the main wave.

By the time fi­nals started, reg­u­lar 3ft-5ft sets were march­ing in, giv­ing the kids per­fect waves.

No­table per­form­ers dur­ing the day in­cluded Mav­er­ick Wilson (Man­durah), Sid En­glert (Grace­town), Cruz Sheri­dan (Mar­garet River), Dy­lan Ver­non (Yallingup), Skyla Tothill (Perth) and April MacPher­son (Man­durah).

Tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tions were held at the Grace­town Hall, with all at­tend­ing also pay­ing re­spects to the nine peo­ple who died af­ter a cliff col­lapsed dur­ing a school surf car­ni­val 21 years ago.

Af­ter a minute’s si­lence, at­ten­dees were served pizza and drinks to wash down a mem­o­rable com­pe­ti­tion.

The 16-and-un­der boys’ win­ner Ben Gradisen.

In the 12-and-un­der boys’ comp, Sid­ney En­glert came fourth.

The 14-and-un­der boys’ win­ner Dy­lan Ver­non.

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