Wahu Surf Groms 2015
COOLANGATTA / QLD (16th July, 2015): Australia’s growing army of frothing grommets will be lighting up the country’s beaches this summer with the dates announced for the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps.
The series is one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers. The 10-event program will cater for micro groms from Under 8 through to Under 14 with events in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.
The Under 8 will be a mixed division with parent assists, while competition will be held in both boys and girls in the Under 10 (optional parent assist), Under 12 and Under 14 divisions.
As an added bonus, the respective winners of the Under 14 boys’ and girls’ divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses paid, three-day Wahu Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre.
“Wahu is once again proud to be associated with Surfing Australia and the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps and the opportunity for fun and development this program brings to children across the county,” said Wahu Managing Director Tim Britz.
Success at the Wahu Surfer Groms Comps has launched the careers of many of Australia’s top surfers.
Previous champions include former World Junior Champion and current World Surf League competitor Matt Banting, and former World Under 16 Champion Jacob Willcox plus a growing list of Australia’s most promising surfers including Luke Hynd, Eli Steele, Kai Hing, Chris Zaffis, Quinn Bruce, Isabella Nichols, Holly Wawn and Laura Poncini.
“The Wahu Surfer Groms Comps is an incredibly important program as part of the Surfing Australia sport development pathway,” said Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark. “The program is now in its seventh year as a truly national junior surfing program and offers kids Australia wide the opportunity to compete in professionally run competitions with a fun inclusive environment.
“The Wahu program goes from strength to strength every year and we are very appreciative of the amazing support over many years from the name rights partner Wahu. Their commitment and belief in the program is genuinely appreciated by Surfing Australia and our state branches and all the kids and parents involved.”
Each entrant will also receive a Wahu Surfer Groms Comps t-shirt for entering, plus a Wahu beach product and there will be plenty of beach games and giveaways at each event.
The first event is set for Northern Beaches of Sydney on September 5-6. Online entries for all events will be available via the respective Surfing Australia state branch websites from 5pm (AEST), Thursday, 23rd July. Please note: Draws will be capped at 84 participants for 2 day events and 50 for 1 day events.
WAHU SURFER GROMS COMPS – 2015-16 SCHEDULE
EVENT 1 – Northern Beaches, NSW – Sep 5 – 6, 2015
EVENT 2 – Coffs Harbour NSW – Oct 10 – 11, 2015
EVENT 3 – Kiama, NSW – Oct 17 – 18, 2015
EVENT 4 – Trigg Point, WA – Nov 7 – 8, 2015
EVENT 5 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Dec 12-13, 2015
EVENT 6 – Cronulla NSW – Dec 19 – 20, 2015
EVENT 7 – Gold Coast, QLD – Jan 5 – 6, 2016
EVENT 8 – Ocean Grove, VIC – Jan 30 – 31, 2016
EVENT 9 – Clifton Beach, TAS – Feb 20, 2016
EVENT 10 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Feb 27, 2016