Nike Lowers Pro returns to San Clemente, California for the fifth consecutive year May 1st -5th. The ASP PRIME contest carries a $250,000 prize purse with a one-of-a-kind 14-karat gold railroad spike trophy worth more than $30,000. Adam Melling ( ASP No.18 ) and Stu Kennedy ( ASP No.73 ) will both be there looking for some ramps to hit. Good luck fellas.

 Update May 2nd  
Stu may not have progressed today but he had everyone talking. "Might not have got through, but the waves didn't come and I gave it a crack on equipment that surfers are too scared to take the first step on."
 Click here to see the recent ESPN story on Stu
Mello managed to find a carpark at the event. He surfs in Ht 22 round of 96

Update May 3rd  
Mello was unlucky to be knocked in a really close heat

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Well done to the LE-BA groms who surfed in the challenging conditions at the SFNC Regional Titles April 28th. Here are the results 12's - Eli Carr 2nd, Mikey McDonough 3rd. 14's - Luke Condon 2nd 16's - Jake Snellgrove 4th 18s - Dan Hosking 3rd. Girls 18s - Steph Single 1st, Cali McDonough 3rd. Well done to Zac Wightman and Regan Martinovich who also did enough to qualify for the state finals. In total 9 LE-BA groms make up the Far North Coast team, well done groms.
Skullcandy Oz Grom Open 2012

Update July 10th
Onshore 1m - 1.5m waves and grey skies were on the menu at the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open for finals day today. Mikey Wright won his man on man semi final but had to settle for 2nd in the final against good mate Leo Fioranta. Mikey had a hand full of waves that were nudging the excellent range but was left chasing a 9.71. Congratulations mate. In the U14's Zac Wightman was throwing everything he had into some big airs but couldn't stick the landings and finished 4th. Luke Condon finished his great run in the event in 5th. Well done groms. Congratulations to all the club members who put in their time during the event.

Skullcandy Oz Grom Comp Day Five Highlights from Daniel Mundweil on Vimeo.

U16 Finalists
U12 Finalists
U14 Finalists
U16 Girls Finalists

Update July 9th
Huey smiled upon the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open today with beautiful weather and excellent 1m - 1.5m waves peeling left and right all day in front of the pub at Lennox. The performance level in all divisions went up another notch again with many 9.0+ rides. Mikey Wright powered his way into the U16's semi finals with controlled radical surfing. Jake Snellgrove's incredible run came to and end in a stacked quarter final and he finished 5th. Congratulations Bink. In the U14's Zac Wightman and Luke Condon are into the final day. Special mention to Zac for nailing the biggest frontside air reverse of the event in front of a very appreciative audience.  Zak Condon was unlucky to be eliminated in round 4. Well done Zak.The day finished with an intensly bright double rainbow arcing from the competition area to the point which may go down as the most photographed " oh my god it's a full double rainbow all the way " in history. 

Skullcandy Oz Grom Comp Day Four Highlights from Daniel Mundweil on Vimeo.

photo Don Munro

Update July 8th
Clear skies and quality waves greeted competitors on day 3 of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open. High scores and incredible junior surfing was the pattern for a dramatic day in front of the pub. In the U16's Mikey Wright and Jake Snellgrove both progressed to the next round. The U12's had their turn for most of the day and with Mikey McDonagh and Eli Carr making it all the way to the quarter finals before bowing out of the event. Well done groms. All the groms frothed out today when ex Le-Ba club member Mick Fanning was our VIP guest . Thanks Mick.

2012 SKULLCANDY HELICAM by Craig Parry from craig parry on Vimeo.

Skullcandy Oz Grom Comp Day Three Highlights from Daniel Mundweil on Vimeo.

Photo Lorne Greenlaw
Photo Lorne Greenlaw
Photo Lorne Greenlaw
Photo Lorne Greenlaw
Photo Lorne Greenlaw

Update July 7th
Another massive day of competition at the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open with some massive heat totals to match. In the U16's Jake Snellgrove and Mikey Wright both moved into round 4. Zac Wightman, Zak Condon and Luke Condon are all thru to round 4 of the U14's.

Skullcandy Oz Grom Comp Day Two Highlights from Daniel Mundweil on Vimeo.
Luke Condon. Photo Shannon Mackie

Zak Condon. Photo Shannon Mackie

Jake Snellgrove.  Photo Shannon Mackie

Photo Shannon Mackie


Update July 6th 

 It was a massive first day for the inaugural Skull Candy Oz Grom Open with close to 50 heats surfed at Lennox Head today. The competitors were dealt a wide range of conditions from clean 1.5 m surf to 0.5m - 1m onshore peaks. It was a good day for the top seeds with most progressing into round 3. The Skull Candy Oz Grom Open utillises a dual elimination format so competitors that finished 3rd or 4th in round 1 are offered a second chance at progression. 

In the Under 16 Boys division Mikey Wright started the day in Ht 1 with a dominant display of critical backhand surfing to easily progress to round 3. Luke Hynd was a stand out in the 16's with the young goofy foot absolutely destroying the Lennox Pub lefts. Jake Snellgrove also posted a solid win. Karelle Poppke led the the scoring in the Under 16 Girls with a 14.10 (out of 20 ) heat total. Shaun Manners posted the highest score in the Under 14 Boys with a heat total of 16.50. Luke Condon led the way for the locals with a solid heat win. Zak Condon and Jack Murray also progressed straight into round 3. Zac Wightman came back from a Round 1 loss with a win in Round 2 to get his campaign back on track.

 Organisers of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open are expecting another excellent day of surfing tomorrow with more favourable weather conditions. Log onto Le-Ba Boardriders for live scores and updates or like us on Facebook

Skullcandy Oz Grom Comp Day One Highlights from Daniel Mundweil on Vimeo.

 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open format below - click to enlarge

All Le-Ba groms in the event need to come down Thursday morning at 10am in front of the contest site to be included in the Northern Star feature. 
 Skullcandy Headphones has teamed up with Australia’s Premier boardriders club LE-BA to create the “SKULLCANDY OZ GROM OPEN”, a premium Junior surfing event to be held from the 6th – 10th July at Australia’s iconic beachbreak at Lennox Head NSW.
Divisions that will be contested are:
Boys 12 and under
Boys 14 and under
Girls 16 and under
Boys 16 and under
“Surfing is a major focus of our brand, and we want to give full support to junior surfing,” said Eli Seddon, Skullcandy Australia’s Marketing Manager. “This is a great opportunity for us at Skullcandy to support the phenomenal talent in junior surfing. We are continually amazed at the level of surfing that the juniors are achieving. Lennox Head is home to amazing waves and a host of great junior surfing talent, and we hope to attract a great field of National and International competitors”
Skullcandy, based in Byron Bay, is very honoured to support a local community event.
The format of the event will run like a QS/WCT with a 1st round repechage ...ending up with Jet-ski assisted finals. A first for a junior competition.
With the support of Emery Surfboards, TripleX Wetsuits, Electric Sunglasses, FCS fins and Surfing NSW it will surely be an event not to be missed.

For Contest Inquiries please contact Steve Condon:
For Skullcandy Media Inquiries please contact Eli Seddon:

Skullcandy Inc. became the world's most distinct audio brand by bringing color,character and performance to an otherwise monochromatic space; revolutionizing the audio arena by introducing headphones, earbuds and other audio and wireless lifestyle products that possess unmistakable style and exceptional performance. From the award-winning, optic-inspired Roc Nation Aviator headphones to the evolutionary fitting FIX earbuds and a roster of the world's finest athletes,musicians and artists, Skullcandy continues to redefine world-class audio performance and style.


Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford Ranger waiting period runs April 3rd - 14th and the Southern Ocean is poised to deliver excellent conditions for the world’s best surfers to do battle in. Owen Wright surfs Ht 2 and Adam Melling is in Ht 4 in round 1. Good luck fellas.

Update April 3rd
Owen had a great round 1 heat surfing super tight and critical to post a 17.93 heat total and moved into round 3.
“It’s really turning on out there. After watching that first heat and noticing it was slow I figured we would be on in terms of waves. Bells is always slow heat, fast heat, slow heat, fast heat. It was good to get into a rhythm and wrack up a few solid scores.”
“I’m feeling in form and I’ve actually been drawing a lot of inspiration from Occy at Margaret River last week. He’s 45 and he’s still pushing the limits of surfing and it was really exciting to see him do so well. With this event, I put a bit more volume in the boards after noticing Occy had a bit more in his boards out West. I’ve got some new fins and it’s just a great combination I have going at the moment. Feels like the boards have really been carrying me through those soft sections out there and putting me where I want to be on the waves.”


Mello fell victim to the inconsistent conditions and long lulls and will be looking to get it back on track in round 2.

Update April 4th
Mello was in the last mens heat on the day but Huey turned off the tap. Adam had to sit for the final 10 minutes waiting for a wave that never came.

Update April 5th
Owen dominated his round 3 and 4 heats and charged into the quarters.

Update April 6th
Owen was sent out on the top of the tide seriously denting his chances of being able to put together any radical turns and was eliminated. That's 2 5ths from the first 2 events congratulations mate.