Crunch time for gun groms
THE Queensland Grommet Challenge reaches the finals stage today in all divisions and more challenging surfing is predicted.
Yesterday's round two action saw the international competitors step up to the plate in half to one metre waves at Duranbah Beach.
Reunion Island surfers Maxime Huscenot started the ball rolling for the visitors with a narrow win over Burleigh's James Wood in the under-16s. South African Shaun Joubert continued his good run of form winning the second heat of the under-16s.
Coolangatta twins Amiya and Brodie Doyle were impressive in the under-12 girls division while Dimity Stoyle of Maroochydore dominated her under-16 event.
Other's to impress included Kingscliff's Keiran Lloyd and Damien Norman and Coolangatta's Josh Lee and Noa Deane.
Meanwhile the world's best junior surfers descend on the Gold Coast next week for the five star $10,000 Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior event.
The event has been extended from five days to seven giving organisers an extra two days to draw on.
"It's unlikely to see perfect waves all day, so this extra time allows us to hold off the event for a few hours until the tides and conditions are right or to call off the competition for the day if the wind comes up on-shore," Paul Neilsen, Brother's Neilsen founder and managing director, said.
In addition, this year's event will see daily cash prizes up for grabs with two $250 cheques on offer for the best moves on the day.
Coolangatta's Nick Vasicek will head up the local defense, fending off an impressive line-up of rising surf stars including 2005 Australasian Junior Champion Ben Dunn from Old Bar near Taree.