Coffey on the boil at Duranbah
CRESCENT Head carver Ellie-Jean Coffey dropped in on the under-16 girls’ final and ruined the day of the local girls at the Billabong Occy’s Grom Comp at Duranbah on Wednesday.
Coffey was pushed all the way in an action-packed final but her combined heat total of 13.34 (out of a possible 20) was enough to out-score determined efforts from Currumbin’s Putland (11.60) and Rainbow Bay’s Doyle (10.80).
On a big day for the Coffey family, Ellie-Jean was joined in the winner’s circle by little brother Jackson who was crowned under-14 boys champion after posting a massive 15.24 to fend off charges from Lennox Head heavyweight Michael Wright (12.44).
In a unprecedented final day surprise, former world champion Mark Occhilupo and 2009 world tour runner-up Joel Parkinson, who both reside near the border, joined three-time world champion Andy Irons and legendary former world tour competitor Luke Egan in taking a handful of lucky competitors into the waves for an expression session.
West Australian charger Creed McTaggart claimed the blue ribbon under-16 boys’ event, while Poppke Karelle (Tahiti) took out the under-14 girls and Shaun Manners (Margaret River) the under-12 boys.