NEXT-GEN SURF­ING STARS BAT­TLE FOR CROWN

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - MICHAEL SAUN­DERS

THE Queens­land Grom­met Surf­ing Ti­tles have un­earthed some of the Gold Coast’s big­gest names in surf­ing such as Mick Fan­ning, Joel Parkinson and Bede Dur­bidge.

Now, the next gen­er­a­tion of shred­ders will get their chance to take cen­tre stage.

The fi­nal round of the pres­ti­gious series will take place on the Gold Coast to­day. The event will see four new cham­pi­ons crowned in the un­der 12 and un­der 14 di­vi­sions.

Last year’s un­der 14 boys cham­pion Ty Richard­son from Palm Beach cur­rently leads the rat­ings in the same divi­sion, after the first event on the Sun­shine Coast.

Richard­son is closely fol­lowed by Cur­rumbin lo­cal Matt Boyle, and Sun­shine Coast duo Ash­ton Pig­nat and Brax­ton Holm­strom.

In the un­der 14 girls divi­sion, last year’s run­ner up Grace Kama from Elanora is cur­rently in the lead after tak­ing out the first leg of the series on the Sun­shine Coast.

Closely fol­low­ing in the rat­ings are Mi­ami’s Char­lotte Mul­ley, last year’s un­der 14 girls cham­pion Lil­liana Bow­ery and Jahly Stokes from Bud­dina.

Mean­while Palm Beach’s Rico Hay­bit­tle will be look­ing to cap­i­talise on his win in the un­der 12 boys divi­sion of the open­ing event, while fe­male coun­ter­part Stella Green is one to look out for in the un­der 12 girls divi­sion.

The fore­cast pre­dicts a half me­tre Easterly swell with light winds to greet the grom­met com­peti­tors for a 7.30am start.

The pre­cise com­pe­ti­tion lo­ca­tion will be de­cided on the day depend­ing on con­di­tions.

Palm Beach surfer Ty Richard­son will com­pete in the Queens­land Grom­met Surf­ing Ti­tles on the Gold Coast this week­end.

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