The Ocean and Earth NSW Junior Surfing Titles will see over 200 of the best junior surfers in NSW compete across 6 divisions , Wed 28-Jul-2010 to Sun 1-Aug-2010. The event will be fully mobile in the Great Lakes area with Nine-Mile Beach, Tuncurry; One Mile Beach, Forster and Boomerang Beach at Pacific Palms all venue options. The event will also act as the qualifyer for Team NSW for the 2010 Arnette Australian Junior Surfing Titles whish are set to be held in late November at Phillip Island, Victoria. The Le-Ba surfers competing are -Under 18's-Tom Snellgrove ( Ht10 )Niki Hoskin ( Ht12 )Under 16's-Sam Morgan ( Ht6 )Michael Wright ( Ht13 )Under 14's-Zac Wightman ( Ht6 )

Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE July 29th
There were some mixed results for the Le-Ba groms after 2 full days of surfing at the Ocean and Earth NSW Junior Surfing Titles. Unfortunately both Tom and Nik went out on day 1 in pretty bad conditions. Sam Morgan made it into round 2 but just missed progressing and finished in 17th. Mikey Wright had a first round win and goes into Ht7 of round 2.

UPDATE July 30th
Mikey won his heat in round 2 easily and then had a tight tussle with Soli to eventually finish 2nd and move into the semi finals. He surfs in a stacked semi - final No.2 against Parko, Soli and Jack Germain.

UPDATE July 31th
Congratulations Mikey Wright finishing 3rd at the Ocean and Earth NSW Junior Surfing Titles in the U16's Boys. In the U14's Zac Wightman had a massive win in his round one heat with a total of 14.40( 8.00 and 6.50 ), good start mate.

Photo Michael Tyrpenou/Surfing NSW

UPDATE August 1st
Zac couldn't buy a decent wave in his semi and finished 7th. Better luck next time mate.

Click here to go LIVE

O’Neill Cold Water Classic 2010 hits the wilds of South Africa (July 26-30, 2010). Stu Kennedy currently shares the lead for the O'Neill CWC Series 2010 with Royden Bryson, with the eventual winner scoring a $50k bonus. Stu is back from a long injury lay off and will be keen to get back into his competitive groove. Stu surfs in Ht 7 round 2 (round of 64 ). Good luck mate.

UPDATE July 27th
Stu couldn't find any decent scoring rides and was eliminated in the round of 64. Crikey.

Click here to go LIVE

Local time in South Africa -

July club round at Boulders

Event No. 5 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay starts Thursday July 15th. The swell forecast is looking good for an early start. Adam Melling will be looking for a sold result to slide himself into the top 32 before the mid year cut. Mello will kick off his campaign in round 1 heat 1 against Taylor Knox and Luke Munro. Owen Wright heads into this event in a comfortable position ranked 11th in the ASP World Title race but will also be looking for a solid result to settle into the top 10. The big O surfs in heat 16 of round 1 against Trav Logie and Drew Courtney. Good luck fellahs

UPDATE July 15th

Good news eveyone, Mello has scored his first round 1 heat win on the WCT. Adam finished with a heat total of 12.17 ( 7.00 & 5.17 ) to win from Taylor Knox and Luke Munro in perfect 4'-5' waves. Good on ya mate . Owen comprehensively destroyed his opponenents with a heat total of 15.56 ( 8.73 & 6.83 ). Web commentator Luke Egan was amazed and said that Owen displayed the best Goofy surfing in round 1 by a long shot. Good luck in the 3rd round fellahs and go hard.

Photos ASP/Cestari

UPDATE July 16th
A massive win for Owen in round 3 today. Owen went to town in the clean conditions finishing with a heat total of 17.00 ( 9.00 & 8.00 ). He is up next in round 4 heat 2 vs Jordy . More to come ...

Photo ASP/Kirstin

UPDATE July 17th
Mello put together a great performance , in a heat when he needed it most, in round 3. Adam led from the start and finished with a total of 16.06 ( 8.33 and 7.33 ) leaving Bobby Martinez needing a 9.06. Mello now heads into the 4th round , another heat closer to requalifying and also silencing the doubters. Congratulations mate and good luck. Owen started his heat against local boy Jordy with a 7.93 and followed it up with a 7.93. He could have almost won any other heat in round 4 except this against Jordy who moved into the no.1 spot on the ASP with a heat total of 17.87 . Owen was rated 11th before this event but should be heading into the Chopes mid year cut-off a happy bloke.

UPDATE July 18th
Mello surfed a great heat in round 4 scoring his highest total on the WCT - 17.07 ( 9.00 and 8.07 ) to defeat Dusty Payne and cruise into quarter final 4 vs Damien Hobgood.

photo ASP/Kirstin

In the quarter Adam put Hobgood under pressure from the start. He built a solid lead and never looked like losing it. With a heat total of 16.43 ( 8.83 and 7.60 ) the Hobgoblin was comboed and Mello moved into the semi final vs Taj.
In the semi Adam put the pressure on again and Taj ran out of time. Mello finished with a heat total of 14.00 but to see his confidence grow was bloody awesome. The mid year cut off just became irrelevant.

Mello came 2nd in a wave starved final against world no.1 Jordy. Huey didn't provide many opportunities for Mello to have a go but that's the way it goes sometimes. The most important thing is that he is safe now from the mid year cut and has shown the world that he is fully capable of producing world championship tour surfing. Le-Ba couldn't be more proud and Robbie would be stoked. Congratulations to the Melling family who kept the faith. Good on ya Mello.

From the ASP below -

Melling's "Cinderella" climb to the Finals was nothing short of sensational. Rated a lowly 41st on the ASP World Title Race rankings heading into Jeffreys Bay, the 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie powered his way through five rounds of competition before coming short in the Final. His Runner-Up finish sees him bumped up to ASP World No. 19, well inside the safety zone for the dreaded mid-year field reduction.

"The ocean didn't cooperate with me in the Final so that's a shame but I couldn't be happier.We had amazing waves and to get the best result of my career is huge. I came into Jeffreys with a long road ahead if I were to make the mid-year cut-off, and now that I'm 19th, I feel like I have a bit of a buffer heading into Tahiti. I worked really hard to get here and I want to stay here."

Photo ASP/Kirstin

Click here to go LIVE

Local time at Jeffreys -

Rusty Gromfest time again folks. Our little town has been invaded by a gazillion frothing little buggers. Heaps of Le-Ba groms are standing in their way to glory. In the U12's we have Zak and Luke Condon, Zac Wightman and Jack Murray. In the U14's are Mikey Wright,Regan Martinovich, Jackson Cochrane, Rhys Tatum and Jake Snellgrove. In the U16's are Tom Snellgrove, Sam Morgan, Mitch Kay and Daniel Hosking . Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE July 9th

Michael Wright photos:Steve Robertson/Surfing Australia
Tom Snellgrove was impressive on day 1

UPDATE July 10th
Le-Ba has 5 surfers thru to the final day tomozza. In the U12's Zak Condon and Zac Wightman are into the quarter finals. In the U14's Jake Snellgrove and Mikey Wright are into the quarters. In the U16's Tom Snellgrove is also into the quarter finals. Good luck fellahs.

UPDATE July 11th
A huge result for the Le-Ba groms on the final day of the 2010 Rusty Gromfest. Zac Wightman who was in devastating form all event won the U12's. Zac won every heat he surfed in throughout the event. The final went down to the last ride but Zac came out on top. Congratulations to the Whiteman tribe.

Mikey Wright , who was in equally devastating form , won the U14's for the second consecutive year . Mikey was up against the strongest ever field but honestly never looked like losing. Congratulations to the Wright clan. All good in the 'hood.

Other stanout Le-Ba performers were Zak Condon ( who is a relative new comer to competition ) finishing 9th in the U12's, Jake Snellgrove finishing 7th in the U14's and Tom Snellgrove finishing 13th in the toughest U16's event in the southern hemisphere. Well done fellahs the club is proud of you all.

2010 Final Results

The Mr Price Pro Ballito 5 star WQS evevt runs at Ballito in the KwaDukuzu region of South Africa , July 5th - 11th. Anthony Walsh has overcome his recent bout of cerebral malaria and ignored doctors advice to have a crack at the points and cash. Good luck mate.

UPDATE July 7th
Walshy had a great start to the event in the round of 96 with a 14.43 heat total. He scored a huge win with 2nd place only scoring a total of 8.66. Good stuff.

UPDATE July 8th
In the round of 48 Walshy backed it up with another big win to progress to the final 24. In the next round Walshy was forced to surf in difficult side-shore conditions. He nearly landed a few big backside airs and in the end of the heat needed a 2.60. In the last minute Anthony grabbed a small righthander and belted it once followed by a bit of grovelling. The judges gave a 2.10 and Walshy finished with a 17th.

photo: Kelly Cestari

Local time in South Africa -

The NSW Open Surfmasters Titles ran at the Kiama region on the NSW South Coast July 1st - 4th. Scott Whitby was the lone Le-Ba warrior in the event. 'Weetbix' finished the event in 9th place for the O40's and the O45's. Good on ya mate.

2010 Billabong Occy's Grom Comp

A platoon of Le-Ba's finest young troops have headed north for the 2010 Occy Grom Comp on the Goldy July 3rd - 7th. Good luck fellahs.


In the U12's Jack Murray made it thru to the round of 24 and finished 13th. Zac Wightman won in round 1 and then came 2nd in round 2 to progress to the quarters. Expect to see him in the final. Luke and Zak Condon both finished in 25th.

In the U16's today Sam Morgan pushed on thru to the top 40. Bad luck for the in form Tom Snelly who went down early. In the U14's Jake Snellgrove posted a win and Mikey Wright 2nd to progress into the round of 32.

In the U14's today Mikey Wright had a big win while Jake Snellgrove also progressed into the quarters. Bad luck for Sam Morgan who only narrowly missed a berth in round 3 of the U16's.

In the U12's today Zac Wightman recorded another solid win and is into the semi finals. In the U14's Jake Snellgrove made it thru round 2 but was eliminated in the quarters and finished 13th. Mikey had wins in round 2 and the quarters and charged into the semis looking unstoppable.

A huge day for the Le-Ba groms today with Mikey Wright finishing 2nd in the U14's and Zac Wightman finishing 2nd in the U12's. Congratulations fellahs.
More to come.....