Grom­mets top notch

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Therese Col­man Danny Benedetti surfed his way to fourth place in the un­der-14 boys’ divi­sion. Yallingup’s Remy North won in the un­der-10 boys’ divi­sion. Duns­bor­ough’s Dy­lan Ver­non took out first place in the un­der-14 boys’ divi­sion.

The Capes’ grom­met surfers showed strong pres­ence at event nine of the Wool­worths Surfer Groms Com­pe­ti­tion at Trigg Beach at the week­end.

Duns­bor­ough’s Dy­lan Ver­non claimed vic­tory in the blue ribbon un­der-14 boys’ divi­sion, and earned an all-ex­penses-paid place at a surf camp at Hur­ley Surf­ing Aus­tralia’s High Per­for­mance Cen­tre.

Ver­non said it was a “dream come true”.

“The trip to the HPC is def­i­nitely the best prize you can win at a comp and it's go­ing to be an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity that I'm look­ing for­ward to,” he said.

Mar­garet River’s Danny Benedetti, Zali Hew­son, Lilli Cox, Sum­mer Sun­der­land, Josh Will­cox, Ruby Berry, George Simp­son and Okie Fraser, along­side Yallingup’s Remy North were also on fire.

Simp­son and Benedetti placed third and fourth re­spec­tively in the un­der-14 boys’ divi­sion, just be­hind Trigg’s Jack Mickle, who placed se­cond to Ver­non.

Den­mark’s Isi Camp­bell placed first in the un­der-14 girls’ divi­sion, fol­lowed by Mar­garet River trio Hew­son, Cox and Sun­der­land who placed se­cond, third and fourth, re­spec­tively.

Hew­son and Cox fought hard in the fi­nals, and were fresh off the back of Taj’s Small Fries the pre­vi­ous week­end, where Hew­son took the vic­tory and Cox placed fourth in the un­der-14 girls’ divi­sion.

Will­cox placed fourth in the un­der-12 boys’ divi­sion, and Berry placed se­cond in the un­der-12 girls.

Yallingup’s Remy North and Mar­garet River’s Okie Fraser placed first and se­cond in the un­der-10 boys’ divi­sion. Surf­ing WA’s Justin Ma­jeks said the event cre­ated an at­mos­phere for the next gen­er­a­tion of WA surfers.

“This truly unique event caters for just the lit­tle ones of our sport,” he said. “The games, give­aways and a for­mat that al­lows for max­i­mum par­tic­i­pa­tion in a friendly and en­cour­ag­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

The fi­nal Wool­worths Surfer Groms Com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son will be held at Clifton Beach in Tas­ma­nia on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 24.

Pic­tures: Justin Ma­jeks, Surf­ing WA

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