Ohana NSW Junior State Titles 2013 runs July 22nd - 28th at Maroubra Beach, NSW. In the U18's are Jake Snellgrove and Mikey Wright. In the U16's are Zac Wightman, Zak Condon, Luke Condon and Jake Schindler. In U14's is Mikey McDonagh. Good luck groms. 

Update July 23rd
An amazing result today in the NSW School Surfing Titles with Zac Wightman and Luke Condon finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the Under-16 Boys All Stars final. Cali McDonagh also smashed it for a win in the Under-19 Girls All Stars final.


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 Update July 24th
Day 3 started today with the U18's and U16's hitting the water and a dramatic increase in swell and wind. Former Australian Junior Champion Mikey Wright kicked his campaign off with a bang, bashing out multiple backside snaps and critical bottom turns, locking in a heat total of 15.17 to claim victory. 
  "It's definitely windy out there, but the swell has picked up a fair bit and there's a solid left coming through. If the wind dies down it would be a lot better. I'm in the event to try and simply have some fun and see how everyone is surfing at the moment."
 "I guess my game plan for the event is to just get two good waves early in the heat and then just have fun from there." 
 Following on from his impressive win in yesterdays Under-16 Boys All Stars final, Zac found his rhythm in the punchy lefts to also claim a victory in his round one heat. Zak Condon also notched up a round 1 win. Luke Condon also progressed in the 16's.
Unfortunately the 2 Jakes were eliminated.

Zac Wightman .Image Surfing NSW

Mikey Wright. Image Surfing NSW


 
Update July 25th
A clean and punchy south-easterly swell rolled into Maroubra for the fourth day of the 2013 Ohana NSW Junior State Surfing Titles. Mikey had another big heat win scoring a 16.83 heat total. Zac progressed into the quarters of the 16's but both Condon groms were eliminated.

Update July 26th
Mikey Wright continued to amaze the crowd over the course of his Under-18 quarter and semi-finals locking in excellent scores, including a perfect 10.00 ride.
 "I'm just approaching each heat with the intention of having fun. The waves are pretty pumping out there, so I've just been enjoying each heat as it comes. I guess I'm just really happy to have moved into the final. I'm looking forward to it." 
Unfortunately Zac Wightman went out in the quarters .
Cali McDonagh smashed it again on her way to the final.




Update July 28th
After winning every heat on the way to the Final,  Mikey Wright finished 2nd to local grom Monty Tait despite scoring a 9.50 for a massive air. 
Mikey McDonagh won his quarterfinal and semifinal but finished 4th in a stacked U14's final.
Cali McDonagh didn't drop a heat until the Final where she finished 3rd in the U18's Girls.
Congratulations to the finalists. 

 
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Vans US Open of Surfing ASP Prime will run from July 20th through 28th at Huntington Beach Pier, California. Adam Melling and Stu Kennedy will be there chasing vital rankings points. Good luck fellas.
 
Update July 23rd
No luck for the fellas today, both eliminated in the round of 96.



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Be the Influence Pro the final event on the men's and women's 2013 ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series runs July 12th - 14th at Coffs Harbour. Jake Snellgrove, Sam Morgan, Nik Hoskin, Steph Single ( currently ranked No.1 ) and Mikey Wright will be at the event. Good luck groms.

Update July 12th
Nik progressed thru the round of 64 after a count back today. Unfortunately Jake was narrowly eliminated in round 1. Jake drew the short straw after Mitch Parko entered late and surfed in the opening round. 
Step, current ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series No. 1 ranked women’s surfer easily won her opening heat today. Single had a slow start to her heat and was sitting in last with 10 minutes remaining. She managed to dig deep to post a couple of solid scores to advance into the Round of 16. 
 “I was so nervous in that one, I’m glad that first heat is out of the way. I couldn’t find any waves, or do any turns, but then I got a 7-point-ride and it all came together for me. I got sick in Nicaragua, so it was tough to prepare for this event, but I’ve been surfing and training as much as possible and I’m feeling good now. I love the Be The Influence event and campaign, we have Owen Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons as ambassadors and they do a great job of spreading the message.”

Steph image ASP Australasia
Update July 13th
A great start to the event for Mikey posting a 18.00 point total ( R2 ) and a wins in the rounds of 64, 32 and 16.

“This is my first ASP Australasia Pro Junior event of the year. I was away and sick for a couple of the other ones, so it feel good to come out in my first heat and get a 9-point-ride. The waves are fun, there are plenty of walls to bust out some big turns, I had a lot of fun out there.
 I’m so happy to make the Quarterfinals, I’m really excited for tomorrow! My older brother Owen is one of the ambassadors for Be The Influence, I’ve looked up to him my whole life, he’s like a mentor of mine and it’s great to see him setting a good example to all the young people in Australia.” 

Steph was eliminated in the Quarters with the highest scoring wave but no back up. She can only be beaten for the Title by  Ellie-Jean Coffey if she makes the Final.

Update July 14th
Mikey bowed out in the Quarters to the eventual winner Jordan Lawler to finish 5th. Steph finished the Australasian Junior circuit 2nd after Ellie Jean won the Final today. That's an amazing result Steph , congratulations. 


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Reef Pro El Salvador ASP 6 Star event holds a waiting period from July 9th – 14th at the Central American gem of Punta Roca. Stu Kennedy will be there all fired up after his 3rd in South Africa. Good luck mate.

Update July 11th
Stu immediately found his form at the Reef Pro El Salvador, belting the day’s high heat total of 18.67 out of 20 in cranking waves.

 “I got in yesterday afternoon and came off of the third in South Africa. Coming here I was worried about keeping my form because I put so much energy in to that event and I kind of changed my strategy because it’s just so hot and I’m not used to it. I took it a little easier in that heat and it’s just too easy to surf right now. The waves are so perfect.”

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Update July 12th
Stu was eliminated today holding a 7.90 but only a small back up, finishing 25th . Unfortunately the 410 ranking points will not improve his qualification chances. Stu now heads to the Vans US Open of Surfing.



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SkullCandy Oz Grom Open



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Skullcandy Oz Grom Open runs again July 4th - 9th at Lennox Head. Australia's premiere Junior event is back after a successful debut in 2012 with Under 12, 14, 16 Boys, 16 Girls and a new division - the 20 and under Crusher Challenge. The Crusher Challenge boasts a $3k for 1st and $1k for 2nd .
 Live scores will be available during the event and highlight videos daily. Competitors will once again enjoy their own exclusive area complete with heated spa. 
In The Pink Icecream Lennox Head is offering a $500 prize for the highest wave score for a Le-Ba surfer during the event.
 There will be a sign on night at the Lennox Head community centre Wednesday , 5-7pm. Make sure you bring an adult and pick up your competitors bag. Have fun groms. 

Update July 4th
A massive day of surfing today with over 50 heats on dual banks in clean 3' rippable waves. In the U12's Mikey McDonagh and Eli Carr had decisive wins and moved into round 3. Jack O'Brien came back through the Rep Round 2 just edging out Hunter Weston by 0.05. In the U14's Luke Condon moved straight into Round 3. In the U16's Jake Snellgrove , Zak Condon and Zac Wightman all moved into Round 3.


SKULLCANDY OZ GROM OPEN, DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS from LE-BA Boardriders on Vimeo.


Zac Wightman

Luke Condon


Update July 5th
Another good day for Mikey in the 12's with a dominant win in the first heat of the day. Unfortunately Eli and Jack suffered from poor wave selection and exited the event. In the 16's rep round Aeran Thomas, Reagan Martinovich, Noah Brown  and Rhys Tatum all made it through to Round 3.


SKULLCANDY OZ GROM OPEN DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS from Daniel Mundweil on Vimeo.
Dan Boardman

Leo Fiorvanti

Regan Martinovich

Eli Carr
Update July 6th
A big day of surfing today in perfect Front of the Pub peaks. Mikey Wright put on a competitive surfing clinic in the Crusher Challenge , cruising into the second round. Reagan and Zac both found the right waves to progress into round 4 of the U16's but unfortunately Rhys, Jake, Aeran, Noah and Zak were eliminated.


SKULLCANDY OZ GROM OPEN, DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS from Salty Toes (Shannon Mackie) on Vimeo.

Tom Snellgrove

Mikey Wright

Luke Condon
Update July 7th
Another big day of surfing in great waves in front of the Pub at the Ox. Zac Wightman had a dominant win in the U16's posting a 15.34 heat total. Reagan couldn't find the better waves and finished the event in 17th - well done mate. Mikey McDonagh kept his campaign on track with a solid heat win in the U12's.


Day 4 Highlights from Salty Toes (Shannon Mackie) on Vimeo.
Zac Wightman

Zac

Zac

Reagan Martinovich

Woody and Steve Condon

Mikey
Update July 8th
Another perfect day in Lennox and pumping waves in front of the Pub. Mikey McDonagh posted a win in the U12's Semi and is looking down the barrel at back to back grom finals. Zac Wightman had a win in round 5 and a 2nd in his U16's Quarter final to book a place in Semi final 1 vs Jeames Young. Nothing went right today for Mikey Wright in the Crusher Challenge, eliminated in round 2.

Zac Wightman

Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew , Toby "talks for days" Ratcliffe and Gary "Kong" Elkerton


SKULLCANDY OZ GROM OPEN DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS from Daniel Mundweil on Vimeo.

Update July 9th
Nice conditions again today in Front of the Pub for the Finals. Mikey was ripping and finished 2nd. Congratulations mate. Zac went down to event champion Jeames Young in his semi and finished 3rd. Well done grom. Dextar Muskens put in the most dominant display of the day with a heat total of 19 ( 10.00, 9.00 ) in the U14's.

Final Results -

Under 12 Boys
1st Caleb Tancred
2nd Mikey McDonagh
3rd  Xavier Huxtable
4th  Jagger Bartholomew

Under 14 Boys
1st  Dextar Muskens
2nd  Keitro Fujinuma
3rd  Sandon Whittaker
4th  Duke Nagtzaam

Under 16 Girls
1st  Holly Wawn
2nd  Lucy Callister
3rd  Isabbela Nichols
4th  Jaleesa Vincent

Under 16 Boys
1st  Jeames Young
2nd  Quinn Bruce
Equal 3rd Zac Wightman
Equal 3rd  Sheldon Simkus

Under 20 Crusher
1st  Mitch Parkinson
2nd  Elliot Paerata Reid
Equal 3rd  Harry Bryant
Equal 3rd Soli Bailey

U20 Crusher finalists

U16 Boys finalists

U16 Girls finalists

U14 finalists

U12 finalists

Mikey

Mikey

Zac


SKULLCANDY OZ GROM OPEN DAY FINALS HIGHLIGHTS from Daniel Mundweil on Vimeo.

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