HAYBITTLE TO PROVE HIM­SELF AS GROM KING

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - ALEXAN­DRA BERNARD SURF SCENE with An­drew McKin­non

BURLEIGH Heads surfer Rico Haybittle will be look­ing to con­tinue a strong year of com­pe­ti­tion on the Sun­shine Coast to­day.

The best young surfers will con­verge on Cur­rimundi for the sev­enth event in the 2018-2019 Surfer Grom Comps Se­ries.

Haybittle heads in as one of the favourites af­ter re­cently be­ing crowned the un­der-12 boys Queens­land cham­pion.

Other no­table Gold Coast surfers tak­ing to the waves in­clude Lu­cas Def­fenti, Quincy Sy­monds, Jordy Hal­ford and Scott Arderne.

The event runs to­day and to­mor­row and will cater for the mi­cro-groms un­der-8 mixed divi­sion through the un­der-14s boys and girls.

Surf­ing Queens­land CEO Adam Yates said the se­ries was im­por­tant for giv­ing junior surfers com­pe­ti­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

“For the ma­jor­ity of the un­der eight -year-olds, this is their first time ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a com­pet­i­tive surf­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“The in­clu­sion of par­ent as­sis­tance def­i­nitely helps the youngest surfers ease into the for­mat, and will help give them a boost into their surf­ing ca­reers.”

The se­ries has helped launched the ca­reer of many of Aus­tralia’s surfers with al­most 800 chil­dren set to take part in the 2018-19 event se­ries.

The next event will be held on the Gold Coast from Jan­uary 9-10.

Pic­ture: SURF­ING QUEENS­LAND

Gold Coast surfer Rico Haybittle will look to con­tinue his strong 2018 form this week­end.

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