Lo­cals dom­i­nate at Scar­bor­ough

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Mitchell Wood­cock

Mar­garet River surfers dom­i­nated the third round of the Rip Curl GromSearch Se­ries, with WA surfers win­ning five of a pos­si­ble six di­vi­sions at Scar­bor­ough Beach on Sun­day.

Clean wa­ters and con­sis­tent waves met some of Aus­tralia’s finest ju­nior surfers, who dis­played their full reper­toire of skills in front of the judges and an ador­ing au­di­ence as they bat­tled for a place in the na­tional fi­nal.

Mar­garet River’s brother-and­sis­ter combo Finn and Lilli Cox showed their prow­ess by win­ning their re­spec­tive 16-and-un­der di­vi­sions.

Finn beat ar­guably three of the best surfers at the event in Grace­town’s Jed Gradisen, fel­low Mar­garet River surfer Danny Benedetti, and South Aus­tralian Har­ri­son Green to claim vic­tory in the boys’ fi­nal.

“I’m re­ally stoked to have won and I’m even more ex­cited to have qual­i­fied for the GromSearch Na­tional Fi­nal,” Finn said.

“It has been a great event and thanks to ev­ery­one down here sup­port­ing us.”

Lilli also came up against some stiff com­pe­ti­tion in the girls’ fi­nal, but was suc­cess­ful against Zali Hew­son (Mar­garet River), Emma Cat­tlin (Yallingup) and Ta­iana Dun­can (Kal­barri).

“This is def­i­nitely my big­gest win ever,” Lilli said. “I just want to thank all the girls in the fi­nal and all my friends and fam­ily for their sup­port.” Join­ing the Cox sib­lings from Mar­garet River was Zali , who won the 14-and-un­der girls’ fi­nal with a score of 10.27 out of 20, beat­ing Lilli.

“I went to last year’s GromSearch Na­tional Fi­nal and I can’t wait to get back for it again,” Zali said. “It’s so great surf­ing in a fi­nal with some of my best friends in the wa­ter with me.”

Wil­low Hardy (Mar­garet River) won the 12-and-un­der girls’ fi­nal.

“The waves were re­ally fun out there to­day and I think this is my favourite tro­phy ever,” Wil­low said.

Dawesville’s Mack­lin Flynn won the 12-and-un­der boys’ fi­nal, a week af­ter plac­ing fifth in New­cas­tle.

Dy­lan Ver­non (Yallingup) and Lilli (Mar­garet River) were an­nounced as the Flight Cen­tre ris­ing star re­cip­i­ents while Mar­garet River duo Finn and Zali were awarded the out­stand­ing per­for­mance awards for their amaz­ing surf­ing through­out the event.

The Rip Curl GromSearch Na­tional Fi­nal will be held af­ter the fi­nal two rounds, with a date and lo­ca­tion yet to be de­cided.

The win­ners of their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Rip Curl GromSearch In­ter­na­tional Fi­nal.

Pic­tures: Surf­ing WA/Woola­cott

Yallingup’s Emma Cat­tlin was third in the 16-and-un­der girls’ di­vi­sion.

Mar­garet River’s Finn Cox wins the boys’ 16-and-un­der di­vi­sion.

Mar­garet River’s Zali Hew­son won the 14-and-un­der girls’ fi­nal.

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