Rip Curl GromSearch Sunshine Coast runs December 13th - 16th. Heaps of Le-Ba groms are heading up to have a crack. Good luck groms.

Update December 15th
A great day for the groms today at Coolum. In the U 12's Luke Condon and Mikey McDonagh are both through to the quarters. Luke also won the Air Asia Wave of the Day for his 8.33 point ride in his first round. In the U 14's Regan Martinovich , Zac Wightman and Mikey McDonagh are into the quarters. In the U 16's our mate Hiroto Arai won a closely fought final in tricky conditions. Steph Single who helped Le-Ba win the Straddie Assault this year won the U 16's girls division. Congratulations Steph.

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Update December 16th
Another great day for the groms at Coolum today. Mikey McDonagh won the U12's final and Luke Condon finished 3rd, in what was nearly a Le-Ba 1-2. In the U 14's Regan Martinovich just missed the final finishing 5th, well done mate. Zac Wightman finished 9th while Mikey McDonagh surfing up a division finished 11th. The national finals for the U 16's were also held today with Hiroto and Steph both finishing 2nd. Steph led for most of the final and was only just beaten in the end. Congratulations groms the future is looking good.
More images of the final day coming soon

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Wahu Surfer Groms Comp – Gold Coast, ran in pumping 2'-3' conditions at Palm Beach over the weekend (Dec 10th - 11th ). Heaps of Le-Ba groms went up for the event and there were several great results. In the U15's Jake Snellgrove finished 2nd with Aeran Thomas in 7th. In the U13's Mikey McDonagh just missed the final and finished 5th. Another great result for Eli Carr who finished 2nd in the U11's. Well done groms.
Many of the groms have headed straight to the Sunny Coast for the RipCurl Gromsearch.

Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons is set to unfold from December 8th through 20th with a big swell looming on the horizon for the opening day of the waiting period. Adam Melling will start in Ht 8 of round 2 and Owen Wright will surf in Ht 9 round 3. Gladly this should be the last event that Mello has to rely on injury withdrawal to get a start. Mello loves big pits and Owen has Pipe sorted so look for big things from the boys. Good luck fellas , it's going to be epic.

Update December 9th
“We’ve got 10-to-15 foot surf at Pipeline this morning with wash-through sets at second reef,” Randy Rarick, Billabong Pipe Masters Contest Director said. “This is the biggest surf we’ve had in the memory of the event.”
A good 40 minutes at Pipe for Mello today. He stayed busy taking off on anything that came near him and towards the end of the heat getting into a bomb that gave him the win.
“It’s pretty exciting to be in second and have John John just in front of me. Seeing the way he surfed out there today I’d say it’s not going to be easy to beat him. I’m just excited to be out there and making heats.”

He surfs next in Ht 8 vs Michel Bourez .

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Update December 10th
Unfortunately both Adam and Owen were eliminated in round 3. Adam lost the lead with 2 minutes to go in a very close heat. Owen traded pits with Evan Valiere but the Hawaiian got the nod.

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