2012 Rip Curl GromSearch series presented by Telstra final leg runs December 15th - 18th at Coolum on the Sunny Coast. the event also includes the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final. Mikey McDonagh, Luke and Zak Condon, Zac Wightman, Blake Ghanimeh, Regan Martinovich and Cali McDonagh are heading up. Good luck groms.

Update Dec 15th
In the U16's Zak and Jake had good heats today and Regan came  3rd. In the 14's Zak, Luke, Mikey and Zac all posted 2nd s with Blake finishing 3rd. In the 16 girls Cali had a win. All surfers progress to round 2. 

Update Dec 16th
In round 2 of the U16's today Jake had a win, Luke and Zak placed 2nd and Regan a 3rd. On their combined results Zak and Jake both progressed to the quarters where they both finished the event 7th. Cali had another great heat and moved into the final of the U16 girls. Mikey will be hoping to fare better next time the U12 boys hit the water after a 3rd in round 1 today. 

Update Dec 17th
A better day for Mikey in the U12's with a heat win and progress into the semi's. In the 14's Zac and Mikey had wins while Zak and Luke placed 2nd. On combined heat results Zac and Mikey are into the quarter finals. Cali finished 3rd in the 16 girls final today but is focussing on the National final tomorrow. 

Update Dec 18th
Another final for Mikey finishing 3rd today and capping off a stellar 2012. Well done mate. Cali finished off the 2012 comp year with a 4th in the Gromsearch national final.

The Billabong Pipe Masters, the final stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour will commence its waiting period tomorrow, December 8, and is projected to enjoy solid swell and great conditions over the opening days of the window. Adam Melling is currently sitting 2nd on the ratings for the Triple Crown and starts in Ht 7 Round 1 vs wildcard Kai Barger. Owen Wright begins his Pipe campaign in Ht 2 of Round 3. Good luck fellas.

Update Dec 9th
Mello looked very comfortable out Pipe today getting some big pits and a heat win. 

Mello charging Pipeline. Photo ASP Cestari

Update Dec 10th
 Mello was eliminated today with one excellent score ( 8.70 ) but no back up. Owen was bundled out in the same circumstances in round 3. Both fellas have requalified for next year's World Tour.

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2012 Soundwave Australian Junior Surfing Titles runs December 1st - 8th at Nubeena in southern Tasmania. The event will be based at Roaring Beach on the Tasman Peninsula, with a secondary location at Eaglehawk Neck Beach. Jake Snellgrove is representing in the U16's boys, Steph Single is in the U18's girls and Cali McDonagh is in the U18's and U16's girls. Good luck groms.

Update Dec 2nd
Both the girls progressed through round 1 today. Steph had a win and Cali a 2nd.

Update Dec 3rd
Jake posted a solid heat win today and moved straight into the quarters. Cali also had a decisive win and also moved into the quarters in the 16's.

Update Dec 7th
Jake's campaign ended today in the quarters . He  finished 13th in Australia in an extremely competitive division. Well done mate. Steph and Cali both progressed easily into the semis of the U18 girls.

Update Dec 8th
Cali and Steph both won their semis and finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the Final. Congratulations girls you both surfed incredible for the entire event. 

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Vans World Cup of Surfing, 2nd jewel in the Triple Crown, runs Nov 25th - Dec 6th 2012 at Sunset Beach. Stu Kennedy will surf in the first heat of the event in the round of 128. Adam Melling starts in Ht 13 round of 64. Good luck fellas.

Update Nov 27th

Update Nov 28th
Stu surfed a solid round 1 heat but was unfortunately eliminated requiring only a 5.50.

Update Dec 4th
A good start for Mello today progressing into the round of 32 in  messy but solid conditions. Good luck tomorrow mate.

Update Nov 5th
Mello has won the Vans World Cup of Surfing in clean 6' waves today. Adam used the strategy of sitting deep on the point and won the final in the last 4 minutes with a 9.33. There were a few tense moments after the hooter waiting for Medina's score to drop but Mello had done enough. The win guarantees requalification for the 2013 Tour and adds Adam's name to the list of legends that have won Sunset. Congratulations mate.

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Le-Ba 2012 Presso

Lennox-Ballina Boardriders end of year presentation of club championship trophies and awards was on Saturday Nov 17th. A highlight for the large crowd was seeing Cyril Connors presenting the Ron ‘Shorty’ Connors trophy to Dennis ( Blacky ) Bellato in recognition of his many years of voluntary work with the club.

Full 2012 results : 
Fleas 1 Nathan McKenzie, 2 Campbell Taylor, 3 Jack O'Brien, 4 Flynn Bosselmann. 
Groms 1 Eli Carr, 2 Luke Atkinson, 3 Kai Sommerville, 4 Finley James.
Cadets 1 Zac Wightman, 2 Jake Snellgrove, 3 Luke Condon, 4 Regan Martinovich.
Opens 1 James Wood, 2 Tom Snellgrove, 3 Johnny Hewett, 4 Sunny Russell.
Seniors 1 Jamie Kennedy, 2 Neil Wightman, 3 Toby Ratcliffe, 4 Craig Strong.
Masters 1 Rob Wright, 2 Antony Bates, 3 Shaun Ade, 4 Steve Kearney.
Legends 1 Max Perrot, 2 Grant Anderson, 3 Doug Streader, 4 Pete Roberts.

Special awards: Most outstanding - Mikey Wright.
Club person for 2012 - Tony O’Brien. 
Abe Green Memorial trophy - Rhys Tatum.
Most improved Cadet winning a Gunther Rohn surfboard - Blake Ghanimeh.
Most improved Grom - Jordy Chapman.
Incentive awards - Tom McEvoy and Hunter Weston. 
Thanks to Webster surfboards for 2 custom boards for raffle.

Reef Hawaiian Pro the first jewel in the $1million Vans Triple Crown of Surfing runs on the four best days of surf during the period of November 12-24 at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park on the North Shore of Oahu. Stu Kennedy starts in the round of 128 Ht 3 and Adam Melling in the round of 64 Ht 5. Good luck fellas.
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The first few days of the waiting period (12th-14th) will be minimal/flat. However, a new storm has recently developed in the Northwest Pacific and will deliver a decent size shot of NW swell for the North Shore late Thursday/Friday (15th-16th).

Update Nov 13th - 15th
Update Nov 16th
A dominant display by Stu today and an easy progression into round 2.

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Update Nov 17th
No love for Stu from the judges today, eliminated by 0.11 points.

Update Nov 18th
Unfortunately Mello was knocked in the round of 64.
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Caba's 2012 Into Summer Junior Challenge ran Nov 3rd - 4th. A big contingent of  Le-Ba  groms
headed up and smashed it. Tom Snellgrove was the winner in the U19's with brother Jake 2nd and Sam Morgan 4th. Tom celebrated his win with some unscheduled renovations at home. Dan Hosking made the semi. In the U16's Jake finished 2nd , Aeran Thomas 4th and Zak Condon made the semi. In the U14's Zac Wightman finished 2nd and Luke Condon made the semi. In the U12's Mikey McDonagh kept up his recent form with another event win and Eli Carr was 3rd. Congratulations groms.

Volcom VQS surf series second stop took place Oct 27th at Kiama in clean 4' - 5' wedges. Jack Murray travelled down for the event and made the final of both the Grom and Junior divisions. Congratulations grom.

O’Neill Cold Water Classic runs at Santa Cruz’s Steamer Lane from November 1 – 11, 2012. This is the second last CT for the year and any points are critical for requalification. Adam Melling and Owen Wright will be there. Good luck fellas.

Update Nov 2nd
Mello couldn't buy a good wave in round 1 and moved into round 2. Owen had one keeper but couldn't back it up and also moved into round 2.

 Update Nov 5th 
Adam was ripping but went down in a close one vs Adriano. Owen got the job done in the tricky conditions and moved into round 3 where he will take on Wilko.

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Update Nov 6th
No luck for Owen today going down to Wilko by 0.83 points. 

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Islas Canarias Santa Pro will return to San Juan on the island of Lanzarote, Canary Islands from October 23-28. Stu Kennedy will be there chasing the dream. Stu starts in Ht 22 in the round of 96. Good luck mate.

Update Oct 25th
First heat dismissal for Stu. Ouch

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Rip Curl Gromsearch W.A runs at Trigg Beach Oct 20th- 21st. Mikey McDonagh has headed over to have a crack after his win in Sydney and 4th in Vicco. Good luck grom.

Update Oct 20th
Mikey wasted no time today continuing his great recent form  blasting a series of massive turns on a sick wave to earn the Telstra Wave of the Day with a near perfect 9.00 point ride, the highest scoring wave of the day. 

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Update Oct 21st
Mikey registered another great result for the series finishing 2nd in the final. That's 3 finals in a row - ripping Mikey. Cali McDonagh won the U 16's and qualified for the National final.

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Straddie Assault 2012
General Hewitt and Sergeant Major Bellato have assembled an elite squad of Le-Ba's finest troops for an amphibious assault on Straddie to do battle once again. Sergeant Major Bellato is a veteran in the harsh local conditions and has even infiltrated the local troops strong hold after many reconnaissance missions. Good luck and charge towards victory.

Combat training on Straddie . Photo Shan Mackie
Sam is ready for battle. Photo Shan Mackie
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Update Oct 20th
Big day defending the title at the Straddie Assault. A big effort from the team that was missing a few of our big guns. Results Zac night owl Whiteman 1st, Jake worlds biggest grom Snellgrove 2nd, Tom I am now an adult Snellgrove 3rd, Sam I love my blonde locks Mmorgan 1st, Steph I have lots of swimwear Single 1st, Jonny I should be in seniors Hewitt 2nd, Mark lets get wacked Hernage 3rd, Sunny I am watching tv while the team is surfing Russel 2nd. Finished in the top four well done lads and thanks for the support everyone. 

Rip Curl Pro Portugal runs from October 10th – 21st 2012 at the infamous sand-bottom barrels of Supertubos. Adam Melling surfs in Ht 10 vs Jeremy Flores and Michel Bourez. Owen Wright surfs Ht 7 vs Bede Durbidge and Yadin Nicol. Magic Seaweed, official forecaster for the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, are calling for: - NNW swell for the weekend looking likely for head high+ surf. - Large storm system sending pulses of more westerly swell for next week with a very very mixed, but positive, longer range outlook. Good luck fellas.

Update Oct 10th-11th

Update Oct 13th
Mello had a good heat but no win and moved into round 2. Owen smashed it in round 1 with a 16.26 total and is into round 3.

Update Oct 14th
Mello surfed well today but couldn't get past Otts and was eliminated.

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Update Oct 16th -17th

Update Oct 18th
A good day for Owen in Portugal today advancing into the quarter finals. He smashed Otts in round 3 and finished the day eliminating Mick with a 10 and 8.00.
“He got the jump of me so quick there. I was thinking, ‘Alright, this guy’s in the title race and he’s not messing around’. Then my 10 was behind his wave and that put me back in the hunt. Right there at the end of the heat, he paddled and had a dig and then my last wave came through. I had to punch through a pretty big chandelier to get out of the barrel, but I’m stoked with that. I needed it, it’s a pretty big confidence booster for me.”
Owen surfs in QF 3 vs JDub.

Update Oct 19th
Despite getting some sick pits Owen fell just short of JDub and had to settle for 5th.

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Rip Curl GromSearch 2012 runs at Cronulla beach in Sydney September 29th - Oct 2nd. This event is the first in a 4 stop Australia wide series with the winners of the 16 and under division at each stop earning a place in the GromSearch National final. Success in the national final offers the chance to head to Bells Beach in Easter 2013 for the International GromSearch final, held as part of the Rip Curl Pro. In the U 12's we have Eli Carr and Mikey McDonagh. Zac Wightman, Zak Condon and Luke Condon are in the U 14's and Jake Snellgrove is in the U 16's. Good luck groms.

Update Sept 29th
The event kicked of today in fun rights at Sandshoes. Zac and Luke both had wins, Jake had a 2nd and Zak came 3rd.

Update Sept 30th
Mikey had a win today and Eli came 2nd in the U 12's.

Update Oct 1st
In the U 14's at Wanda today Zac and Luke both progressed into the quarters. Zak Condon came 2nd but did not not qualify for the quarters. Zac Wightman also won the five:am Expression session. Jake secured a 2nd in round 2 of the U 16's but fell just short of the quarters. In the U 12's Mikey and Eli both had wins and moved into the quarters.

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Update Oct 2nd
Congratulations to Mikey McDonagh winner of U 12's at 2012 RipCurl Gromsearch. In his quarter-final he threw down a solid display of powerful and stylish forehand snaps to score a 9.17 and combo his other opponents. He continued to gain momentum through the semis and into the final where he met a red-hot Keanu Miller. In the final, Mikey bashed out some lightening fast combinations and giant turns to take the top spot on the dais.
Mikey McDonagh. Image Surfing NSW
In the U 14's Zac W made the semis and finished 7th while Piggy Condon was knocked in the quarters. In the U 12's Eli couldn't get past the quarters but for a grom only just starting to surf the bigger events it's a great result - well done Eli.

Quiksilver Pro France, stop No. 7 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour runs Sept 28th - Oct 8th at Hossegor’s La Graviere, France. Owen Wright surfs Ht 9 vs Michel Bourez and Matt Wilkinson. Adam Melling surfs Ht 10 vs Jordy Smith and Heitor Alves. Mikey Wright will be there for the King of the Groms .Good luck fellas.
Update Sept 28th
Owen couldn't quite fit his Avatar rig into the small pits in the diminishing swell today and will surf in round 2. Young Michael fully smashed it in round 1 of the KOTG. Mikey had a comfortable heat win and the highest heat total of the day . Love ya work Grom 

Mikey image @Rabejac

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Update Sept 29th

Update Sept 30th
A bad day at the office for Mello today. He surfs next in round 2 vs J Dub. Mikey smashed it again and is into the quarters of KOTG.

Update Oct 1st
Mikey was dominant in the quarters and semis, cruising into the final.

Update Oct 2nd
Owen had a buzzer beater win in round 2 but never looked in doubt in the heaving French beachies. Mello was sent out in a twilight heat and despite charging the biggest pits couldn't find the scores to progress. Mikey dominated his KOTG final and is now the KOTG International champ. Congratulations Mikey.

Update Oct 4th
Owen had a comfortable win in round 3 with Freddie P. In the non elim round 4 he couldn't find a back up and moved into round 5. Unfortunately the same thing happened against Medina where Owen had an 8.00 but no back up. Owen finished the event in 9th.
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BL's Blast Off 2012 Presented by Hurley ran Sept 25th - 27th at Whale Beach, Sydney. After 3 rounds in a variety of conditions Jack Murray and Mikey McDonagh made the finals , finishing 4th and 5th respectively in the U12's. Congratulations groms.
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Surfcoach Junior Kirra Teams Challenge 2012 ran at D'Bah on Sat Sept 15th in fun 2' - 3' peaks. The Le-Ba junior team of Tom Snellgrove, Sam Morgan, Mikey Wright, Jake Snellgrove, Zac Wightman and Luke Condon were in contention to win for nearly the entire event and finished the day in 5th. That's 3 years in a row finishing in the top 5 from 22 of Australia's strongest clubs. Well done groms.