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LE-BA 1st AND 2nd @ VKJTC 2013



ADAM MELLING WINNER @ VANS WORLD CUP OF SURFING 2012



LE-BA WINNERS @ 2012 JIM BEAM SURFTAG NATIONAL FINAL AND 2nd IN 2014

LE-BA WINNERS @ STRADDIE ASSUALT 2011

WINNERS 2011 AUSTRALIAN RANSOM JUNIOR TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS

RUNNERS UP 2011 KIRRA JUNIOR TEAMS CHALLENGE
ELI CARR WINNER U14'S WAHU GROM COMP 2014

HARRY O'BRIEN WINNER 2014 WAHU GROM COMP UNDER 8 BOYS
MIKEY McDONAGH WINNER 2015 OCCY COMP 2015 SKULCANDY OZ GROM OPEN2014 BILLABONG OZ GROM CUP-2014 FOX GROM SHOOTOUT- 2013 OCCY GROM COMP -2011, 2012 UNDER 12 BOYS RIPCURL GROMSEARCH AND UNDER 10 BOYS @ BLS BLASTOFF 2011



ZAC WIGHTMAN WINNER 2012 TAJ'S SMALL FRIES UNDER 14 2011 UNDER 14 BOYS @ HURLEY NSW TITLES 8th @2014 WORLD JUNIOR TITLES

JACK MURRAY WINNER @ 2014 NSW STATE TITLES U16

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2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship ran September 17-25 in the Azores Islands of Portugal. Mikey McDonagh was there representing Team Australia. Mikey won 5 heats straight but was knocked in the Quarters, finishing 7th in the world in the U16's. Congratulations mate.









RipCurl GromSearch presented by Flight Centre is a 6 event series to find the best junior surfers in the country. The first event ran at Jan Juc Beach, Vic Sept 17 - 19. Nyxie Ryan smashed it from round 1 and won the U14 Girls. Jack O'Brien finished 3rd in the U12 boys. The 2nd event was at Maroubra Sept 24 - 27. Nyxie smashed it again and took another win in the U14's. Congratulations Champ.









VISSLA Junior Kirra Teams Challenge 2016 runs at Duranbah on 17th and 18th September. Le-Ba will be entering 2 boys teams and a girls team. Get up there and support the groms !!

Update Day 1 
 A great start for the groms at D'Bah with Le-Ba Red leading the event at the end of day 1. Good luck tomorrow !!




Update Day2
Well done to all surfers and supporters for a massive effort over the weekend. Le-Ba Red finished a very close 2nd behind Maroubra, Le-Ba Green finished 21st and the Le-Ba Girls were 4th.













Hurley Pro, WCT event 8, runs at at Trestles Sept 7th - 18th. Adam Melling and Stu Kennedy will both be in the event chasing the points. Good luck fellas.

Update Sept 9th
Stu surfed a smart heat in round 1 and took the win to go straight into round 3. Mello waited too long for his back up wave and was eliminated in round 2

WSL Scholtz

WSL Scholtz
Update Sept 10th
A great heat for Stu in round 3 taking out Mick with a 16.37 total. He was just short of the win in round 4, non elimination, and surfs next against Kerrsy in round 5.

WSL Scholtz

WSL Scholtz
 Update Sept 13th
Stu flew into the quarters with a series of perfectly executed frontside rotations against Josh Kerr.

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Billabong Pro Tahiti , WCT event 7, runs at at Teahupoo Aug 19 - 30. Adam Melling and Stu Kennedy will both be in the event chasing the points. Good luck fellas.

Update Day 1
Mello smashed it today getting the 2nd highest heat total of the day, 17.67 ( 9.67 and 8.00 ) behind JJF. He surfs next in round 3. Stu couldn't find a second keeper and moves into round 2 with Kerrsy.

WSL Cestari

Update Day 3
Adam and Stu were both eliminated needing a 2nd keeper in the inconsistent conditions.
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A Community Shark Forum will be held on Tuesday, 28 June 6pm at Lennox Community Centre. Barry Bruce from CSIRO is coming from Hobart to co-present the latest White Shark research with shark biologist Vic Peddemors to provide an overall update about the Shark Management Strategy to the wider community. Get down there and check it out.

 


Fiji Pro , WCT event 5, runs at at Cloudbreak/Restaurants, Tavarua, Fiji June 5 - 17. Adam Melling and Stu Kennedy will both be in the event chasing the points. Good luck fellas.

Update Day 1
A good start to the event today in fun sized conditions. Mello had a win in the onshore and moved straight to round 3. Stu finished 2nd with the highest wave score of the heat and surfs again in round 2 Ht 10.

Update Day 2
Stu surfed really well today but couldn't find the right waves in the slow conditions. Mello surfs next in Ht 9 round 3 with Mick.


Image WSL


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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro , WCT event 3, runs at at Margies in W.A from April 8th - 19th. Adam Melling and Stu Kennedy will both be in the event chasing the points. Good luck fellas.

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2016 Rip Curl Pro, WCT event 2, runs at Bells Beach in Torquay from 24 March to 5 April. Adam Melling and Stu Kennedy will both be in the event chasing the points. Good luck fellas.

Update March 25th
The boys were both drawn in the same heat today in round 1 with Jools. The waves were underwhelming and the result was close but JDub took the win and Adam and Stu go into round 2.

WSL Kirstin

WSL Kirstin

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Quiksilver Pro 2016 runs at Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta, Queensland from March 10-21. Stu Kennedy and Adam Melling are both in the event looking to turn some heads. Good luck fellas.

Update March 12th
Stu and Mello both surfed well today in tricky conditions but neither could get a win so it's round 2 for the fellas. 

Update March 13th
Stu took on 11x World Champ Slater today in round 2 and took the big fella down. Stu was busy at the start of his heat and put together a decent total to keep Kelly under pressure. A long lull through the middle of the heat made the priority game important and Stu worked it best he could.
Towards the end, Slater was chasing a high 6 with priority and found a rare connection all the way down the point. He surfed it very well but looked like his board had too much rocker for the conditions. Right at the finish of Slater's wave the crowd went berserk but it was for Stuey who had found a steeper section and destroyed it. Stu nailed a couple of high speed drifting off the tops and finished with a perfectly executed Club Sandwich. The judges rewarded the way Stu ticked all the boxes in the criteria and gave him a 9.50 ( click here for the wave replay ). Well done mate.
 
WSL Cestari


WSL Cestari

WSL Cestari

Mello was ripping against Kerrzy but couldn't find the right wave to allow a big score to go with his 6.33 and was eliminated.

Update March 14th
Stu surfed his round 3 heat against another World Champ, Gab Medina  today and left the ex No.1 looking inadequate. Yeah that happened. Stu kept his opponent under pressure from the start, nailing committed massive first turns and once again ticking all the boxes in the judging criteria. The world is watching and Stu is showing everyone that he is definitely one of the best in the world.

"I knew that if I got through round three it would go to a result that counted, so there was still pressure for sure, because I can qualify through the tour and if I get enough opportunities that’s my goal, so I don’t have to grind it off on the QS as well. That’s my goal – to get back on tour through the CT."


He surfs next in the non elimination round 4 with JJF and Igarashi.


WSL / Brett Skinner
WSL / Brett Skinner
Update March 15th
Another amazing day in the office at The Super Bank for Stuey today. In the round 4 non elimination heat he should have taken the win but ran over a free surfer in the area and finished 2nd to JJF by less than half a point.
In round 5 Stu systematically destroyed seasoned pro SeaBass with an incredible display of power and speed. He led the heat from the start and never slowed down. Stuey once again ticked all the boxes by starting with a massive committed turn and almost hypnotically railling the Snapper walls. He controlled priority and picked the right waves and comboed the Hawaiian.
Stu surfs next in the Quarters with Jon Jon and will be looking to square the ledger.


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WSL Cestari -Stu going too fast for the photogs

WSL Cestari
Update March 16th
Stu Kennedy has finished 3rd at the Quiky Pro Gold Coast. In his Quarter Stu always looked in control and seemed to hold the upper hand against Jon Florence. Towards the end of the heat he was behind but chasing a 7 plus score. The clock ran down with some lulls but Stu found a runner within the last minute and easily took the win.
In his Semi Stuey fell a couple of times on average waves but definitely made the most of the decent ones. He put a good total together but the judges gave Andino the nod in the end by 0.03. 
The last week Stu has shown the world that he belongs on the WCT and Le-Ba could not be prouder of him. Congratulations on an epic result mate.






Image Dean Kearney




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The 2016 Kirra Teams Challenge, proudly presented by the Kirra Surfriders Club for the 32nd consecutive year, is set to run from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th of March 2016.Le-Ba has had a lot of success at the event over nearly 3 decaded as has a red hot team this year. Get up to D'Bah and cheer the crew on.

Update March 4
A perfect start to the event today with 3 firsts. Jack Murray, Noah Kearney and Woody all smashed it. 


Update March 6th
On Saturday Marcus Aboody had a win, Jake Snellgrove was 2nd and Jonny Hewitt posted a 3rd. Today Luke Streader came third and Adam Melling had a win. Mello rocked up 2 minutes before his heat, paddled out scored a couple of 9 point rides and comboed.
Le-Ba finished 4th overall. Thanks to all the support crew that made it up to D'Bah over the weekend.


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Port Stephens and Maitland Toyota Pro WQS 6000 runs Feb 21st - 28th at Merewether. Adam Melling ans Stu Kennedy will be in the event trying to rack up some solid QS points for the start of the 2016 WSL season. Good luck fellas. Steph Single is in the Taggart Women's Pro and is seeded into round 3. Mikey McDonagh finished 7th in the Pro Junior, congratulations mate. Le-Ba groms are ripping on the WSL Junior rankings right now with Zac Wightman 7th, Jack Murray 13th, Mikey McDonagh 18th and Zak and Luke Condon in the top 40.

Update Feb 23rd
Stu had a great first heat with a win in round 2 ( 16.93 total ). Mello is yet to surf.


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Telstra Stores Tweed Pro WSL QS 1000 will run Feb 1st - 4th at Cabarita. A solid crew of Le-Ba young guns are in the event having their first crack at the QS tour. Good luck fellas.


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