Cabarita longboarder Ray Gleave stamped his authority on the Sunrise at 1770 Longboard Surfing Classic held recently at Agnes W
Cabarita longboarder Ray Gleave stamped his authority on the Sunrise at 1770 Longboard Surfing Classic held recently at Agnes W

Four-day grommet fest



SURFING Queensland will be hosting the inaugural the Maui and Sons Grommet challenge, a four-day competition from Saturday, April 8 until Tuesday, April 11 here on the Gold Coast.

The latest inclusion is the under-18 guys and girls who will line-up as the blue ribbon event and join the other categories including under-16, under-14 and under-12 boys and girls.

There's a stack of prizes to win and for $44 entry fee, each competitor will score a contest pack including backpacks and other surfing accessories.

Grom events bring out the 'froth factor' and encourage new talent to be fostered in a fun but competitive atmosphere.

The long-running Rusty Gromfest at Lennox Head in July and the National Rip Curl GromSearch has helped create a mini-me circuit for those groms preparing for the pro juniors.

For more info check out Surfing Queensland on the net and go online to enter, otherwise you can fax your entry in by phoning Surfing Queensland and call 55 201165 to confirm your entry.

THE annual West Australian Margaret River Pro is on this week at Surfers Point renown for it's A-frame peak and three storey take-offs from the 'Boil' when it's over 10feet.

The 4-star WQS will run until Sunday and defending champ Troy Brooks of Tugun will be lining up in the round of the top 64 seeded surfers featuring former winner Mark 'Occy' Occhilupo, Burleigh's Jay Thompson, Currumbin's Luke Munro and Snapper's Josh Kerr.

The Newcastle 4-star open mens WQS - the Vodaphone Open presented by Billabong, kicks off straight after Margs.

The Billabong Pro teens is on this weekend at Newcastle ahead of the main event.

SURFING Solictor Mal Chalmers showed that at the tender age of over-50 he still has what it takes to win a hard fought Masters (over-55s) final from Kirra's Ray Helton.

The six to eight-foot TC Wati swell was booming on the weekend and the Print Point Masters were able to use the Lacey's bank at Currumbin Alley.

Palm Beach's Gordon Barnes won the over-50s and Kirra's Matt Hurworth scored a big win in the over-28s.

Local legend Mark 'Richo' Richardson was the highest scorer with 9.7 to win the four cartons of Toohey's extra dry.



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