Event one champions crowned in pumping conditions at the 2017 Woolworths QLD Grommet Titles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 August, 2017 - Sunshine Coast, Queensland - Four individual champions have been crowned at event one of the two event 2017 Woolworths Queensland Grommet Titles presented by World Surfaris in pumping conditions at Ann Street Reef, Currimundi. Marlon Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) has taken out the blue ribbon Under 14 Boy’s division and Lilliana Bowrey (Tewantin, QLD) was victorious in the Under 14 Girl’s.
The Under 14 Boy’s final saw a stacked line up of Queensland’s best groms take to the water to battle it out until the dying seconds. Sunshine Coast local Jett Dellit lead the chase early on with a heat topping 9.00 (out of a possible 10.00) up his sleeve, but it was Marlon Harrison who played the patience game and utiliziing his priority he locked into two of the best waves on offer late in the heat to take the lead with the highest two wave combination score.
“I had the game plan to be patient, wait and just get two good ones. I’m feeling confident now, I’ve got that win up my sleeve and I’m feeling good going into event two,” said Harrison.
In the Under 14 Girl’s division, Sunshine Coast local Lilliana Bowrey continued her fine form to finish on top in the final and claim victory over Gold Coast surfers Lucy Tandler (Coolangatta, QLD), Grace Kama (Elanora, QLD) and Coral Fujino (Palm Beach, QLD) who finished accordingly. Bowrey looked very relaxed in the final, utilizing her power and flow to impress the judges, taking advantage of the walling left hand waves on offer and with a 7.50 and an 8.83, was hard to beat. Bowrey’s surfing was flawless throughout the weekend and has moved her one step closer to her second Queensland Title in as many years.
The Under 12 Boy’s final was one of the highlights of the weekend and saw a blow for blow battle between division favourite Ashton Pignat (Marcoola, QLD), Landon Smales (Peregian Beach, QLD), Sunny Kama (Elanora, QLD) and Kodi Dellit (Mount Coolum, QLD) that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. Pignat led the chase early in the heat and despite multiple attempts by Smales and Kama, held his own until the final siren sounded to take home the event one trophy.
Jahly Stokes (Buddina, QLD) was also on fire in the Under 12 Girl’s final and managed to hold off an in form Jordy Halford (Currumbin Waters, QLD) to claim victory. Both girls are now one step closer to claiming their first Queensland title when the series wraps up for 2017 at event two on the Gold Coast in October.
Future Australian surfing champions will receive further help to ride the wave to success, with Woolworths expanding its commitment to the sport to include Surfing Australia’s six affiliated State branches Woolworths State Junior Surfing Titles, with 18 events to be run nationally across 6 States in 2017/18.
At each event, Woolworths will connect its store teams with the sport and celebrate the next generation of champions in local communities in each state.