Mason girls fire up
CHRIS Friend and Airini Mason have both secured spots in the Australian Rip Curl GromSearch national final at Bells Beach in Victoria after winning the 16 years-and-under boys' and girls' GromSearch titles at Duranbah yesterday.
Futuristic manoeuvres and carving rail turns were showcased as Australia's premier grommets shredded the choppy one metre peaks.
In the blue ribbon 16 years and under boys' division, Maroochydore's Chris Friend overcame deteriorating conditions to take the final. Friend opened the final with an 8.17-point ride to take the early lead.
With all finalists exchanging waves in the last few minutes of the final, it was Friend who took control, sealing the victory with an impressive 6.5-point ride.
"All the other finalists surfed really well all week, so I'm really happy to win," he said.
In the 16-years-and-under girls' final, Tugun's Airini Mason posted a heat winning 6.67-point ride on her first wave helping her wrap up the 20-minute final.
"I'm so happy that I won," Mason said. "All the girls were getting really good scores and I was really nervous going into the final minutes."
Ryan Hawker capped off a great year by adding the 14-years-and-under boys' title to his Maroubra GromSearch title.
In a super close 14-years-and-under girls' final, Laura Enever (Narrabeen) fought off a late challenge by in-form Naomi Stevic (Maroochydore) to stamp her authority and take a well-earned win. Old Bar's Jake Sylvester claimed his fourth straight GromSearch title, convincingly wrapping up the 12-years-and-under boys' division.