Grommets impress despite slow build
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.