Grom­mets en­joy swell con­di­tions

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Adam Poulsen

Af­ter a re­cent lack of swell, com­peti­tors were re­lieved to wake up to de­cent waves for the fifth event of the Cor­ner Surf Shop/Ger­ald­ton Board Riders Ju­nior De­vel­op­ment Club sum­mer sea­son at Back beach on Sun­day.

“Luck­ily there was a kick in the swell on Satur­day night, which pro­vided waves big enough for the older com­peti­tors as well as our mi­cro-grom­mets,” club pres­i­dent Shaun Glass said.

Glass said a trench run­ning par­al­lel to the beach made con­di­tions tough for some, as surfers had to bat­tle be­ing dragged north­wards.

The Ha­gan fam­ily con­tin­ued to prove a force to be reck­oned with, with cousins Jed and Jake claim­ing first prize in the un­der-14 and un­der-18 boys’ di­vi­sions, while Jake’s sis­ter Shekya fin­ished first in the un­der-14 girls’ divi­sion.

By­ron Catto stepped it up again, win­ning the un­der-11 mixed divi­sion af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in event four.

His younger brother Kalani also surfed well, tak­ing third place in the un­der-8 mixed divi­sion.

Glass said the club was con­tin­u­ing to go from strength to strength and boasted 60 ju­nior mem­bers.

As the ju­nior sum­mer sea­son draws to a close, Glass said or­gan­is­ers wished to thank sponsors and sup­port­ers.

The fi­nal event of the sea­son will be held on March 11 at a beach to be an­nounced.

Pic­ture: Ju­nior De­vel­op­ment Club

Un­der-14 girls com­peti­tors Fina Deth­lef­sen, Mylee Grant, Shekya Ha­gan, Lily Suther­land and Demi Bestry.

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