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The Arnette NSW Junior Surfing Titles will see the best junior surfers in NSW compete over 5 days across 6 divisions at Forster/Tuncurry in the surf rich Great Lakes Region of the NSW Mid North Coast from July 29 - Aug 2.
Nik Hoskin is in the U18's, Tommy Snellgrove in the U16's and Jake Snellgrove and Michael Wright in the U14's. Good luck groms.

UPDATE July 31
Nik Hoskin is doing well and is into the 2nd round. The U14s have not yet surfed and unfortunately Snelly was knocked early in the U16s.

After dominating the U14's for the entire event Mikey Wright won the final and brings home another trophy. Well done grommet. Nik was eliminated in the quarter finals.
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The U.S Open runs from July 18th - 26th. Woody, Adam and Stu Kennedy are all in.

UPDATE July 20
Stu Kennedy has made a good start to the event and is already into the quarter finals of the Nike 6.0 Pro Junior .

UPDATE July 21
Woody was knocked out first round in a close one overnight - bugger. See ya soon mate.

UPDATE July 22
Stu Kennedy and Owen Wright both won their 1st round heats with ease and move into the round of 96

UPDATE July 23
Unfortunately Adam and Stu were eliminated overnight. Owens next heat coming up tonight is against Rob Machado and Mick Fanning. Good luck fellah.

UPDATE July 24
Owen struggled to find the high scoring waves and was eliminated overnight in the round of 96. Stu didn't make it thru the 1/4 final and finished with a well deserved 9th place in the Pro Junior division. Come on home mate.

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The Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro '09 runs from July 14 - 19. Woody surfs in the round of 144 and Mello starts in the round of 96. Good Luck Fellahs.

UPDATE July 15
Woody had a huge win in tiny windswell garbage to go into the round of 96. It was definitely the opposite of the Dream Tour out there today.

UPDATE July 16
Good stuff overnight from Brazil with Woody and Mello both making it thru to the round of 48. They will be surfing in the 2nd & 3rd heats of the day when competition resumes @7:30 am local time.

UPDATE July 17
Woody had the bad luck to draw a heat with 3 Brazilians. He stayed strong and tried to hold the inside for the whole heat. Unfortunately the Brazil-nuts did a number on him and Jimmy had to cop it.
Mello surfed against a crew from everywhere except Brazil but he lacked his usual intensity and was left behind for another 37th. These heats are a lot longer than 15 minute Le-Ba heats but you cannot win a heat without 2 good waves.
Up next is the Hurley US Open of Surfing.

with a record $US 100,000 1st prize.

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Rusty Gromfest 2009

Mikey Wright

Nik Hoskin

Mikey Wright

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It's Gromfest time again and Max has called a lay day for competition on day 1. With heaps of Le-Ba boys in the contest it will be a massive 4 days of surfing. Good luck groms . Check back here for results and photos daily.

UPDATE July 11
In the 14 Boys Michael Wright charged the larger set waves to easily win his heat today. More results to come....

UPDATE July 12
Big east swell and difficult conditions for the groms today. In the Under 12's Jake Snellgrove was eliminated in the round of 48 and Rhys Tatum was knocked in the round of 24. Zac Wightman is still going well and is into the quarter finals. In the under 14's Sam Morgan and Tom Gordon were knocked in the round of 64 while Mikey Wright is doing well and is into the quarter finals.
In the Under 16's Shannon Mackie , Tommy Snellgrove and Angus Steeles were knocked in the round of 64 while Mitch Adam made it into the round of 32 . Nik Hoskin has had a great run and is into the quarter finals.

Mikey Wright has won the Under 14 Boys at the 2009 Rusty Gromfest !! His first wave scored a 10 just minutes into the final and the other groms were left to fight for 2nd, well done mate. Zac Wightman tamed the conditions to smash his way into the final of the Under 12 Boys and finished in 4th. Nik Hoskin had a fantastic event to make the final in the Under 16 Boys but in the radical conditions couldn't find a backup to finish in 4th.

Maresia Surf International

Photos Daniel Smorigo

The 6 star Maresia Surf International at Praia Mole,Florianopolis,Santa Catarina-Brazil starts on July 7 th. Woody starts in the round of 144 and Mello starts in the round of 96.

Woody did just enough to ensure a win in his round of 144 heat. “The contest in South Africa was awesome,I finished in second and helped me a lot in the rankings, a great result for me and we had great waves all week. Unfortunately, I arrived here at 3am yesterday, so I’m very tired and I hope get my sleeping back to normal."
Adam Melling won his round of 96 heat in spectacular fashion with scores of 7.67 and 9.17 to go into the final 48.“I feel pretty good,I found good waves, especially my high score 9.17 . I’d like to do well here and try to get back on top, my goal for this year is win the ASP WQS Tour and be on the ASP World Tour next year”.

UPDATE July 10
Woody had a close win in his round of 96 heat. Unfortunately both Mello and Woody were eliminated in the round of 48. Next up is the Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro.

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Billabong Occy's Grom Comp

The Billabong Occy's Grom Comp is nearing the pointy end of the event. A couple of Le-Ba groms Nik Hoskin and Mikey Wright are still in the hunt. Check back Wednesday arvo for the wrap up.

Mikey Wright did really well to win his semi final and finished the event in 4th in the under 14's. Nik Hoskin had a good run and finished 7th in the hotly contested under 16's. Well done grommets
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Mr Price Pro

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The Mr Price Pro Ballito 6 star WQS event runs 27th June - 5th July in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Adam Melling, James Wood and Stu Kennedy will all start the event in the round of 144.

UPDATE June 29
Mello survived a tough heat today to move to round 2. Woody had a solid win to progress as well.

UPDATE June 30
Stu failed to progress with a heat total of 4.40

Woody did really well to win his heat with a heat score of 13.73 and has made it to the round of 48. Mello got it all back on track and scored a massive win with 16.34 to move on to round 3 as well.

Mello seemed to take too long to get going in his round of 48 heat and was relegated to 25th - not a keeper. Woody showed determination and stayed busy for his whole heat to pull off a big win and progressed into the final 24. Go Woody !

Woody came 2nd in his round of 24 heat and moves into the final 16 - come on mate !

Woody had another solid win and has moved into the quarter finals - bring it home Woody
Woody made the final and would have won if Huey had have sent in a decent wave. A solid result like this should mean an increase in sponsorship and more importantly a confidence boost. Well done mate! It couldn't have happened to a better bloke. In the expression session Adam and Stu smashed it for some beer money. “This second place is amazing, it’s the best I have ever done,” “Obviously my strategy wasn’t the best but this result is going to help a lot. I didn’t expect to do this well and I just ended up on a good roll so I’m stoked and just want to keep the momentum going into the next few contests.”
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