Gold Coast surfer claims title at Skullcandy Oz Grom Open
GOLD Coast surfer Mitch Parkinson took out the $3000 under-20 division of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in Lennox Head yesterday.
He dominated the final with a massive 18.07 (out of a possible 20) against New Zealand surfer Elliot Paerata Reid who could only manage a 9.5.
Parkinson is the younger cousin of defending World Champion Joel Parkinson.
"I got a bit excited at the end, I probably could have got another nine but I celebrated early," Parkinson said.
"That was the best I've surfed at the whole event and I'm really stoked.
"I got a couple of really good waves at the start and I was able to keep building.
"This was a great competition and there were a lot of good surfers here."
Parkinson was one of 16 surfers invited to surf in the new U20 division.
Paerata Reid returns home to New Zeeland with the $1000 runner-up prize.
"There were no easy heats and it was stacked with talent from the opening day," Parkinson said.
"I've had the chance to surf with my cousin and travel a bit with him so it's all been a lot of fun." Parkinson beat Suffolk Park surfer Soli Bailey in the semi-finals yesterday morning.
The pair surf against each other regularly with Parkinson registering a 16.50 with Bailey having to settle for a 13.03.
Yamba surfer Jeames Young took out the under-16 final with a 14.1 against Sunshine Coast surfer Quinn Bruce.
Sydney surfer Holly Wawn was chaired up the beach after she took out the under-16 girls final.
Wawn beat Jaleesa Vincent, Isabbela Nichols and Lucy Callister.
Dextar Muskens was always going to be hard to beat in the under-14 final when he registered a perfect 10 with his first wave.
He finished the heat with a 19 beating Sandon Whittaker, Duke Nagtzaam and Keitro Fujinuma.
LENNOX Head surfer Mikey McDonagh was the last remaining local in the 2013 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open.
McDonagh finished runner-up in the under-12 boys final yesterday.
He scored a 15.03 (out of a possible 20) going down against Caleb Tancred (17.16).
Lennox Head surfer Zac Wightman also made it to the final day of competition before going down in the semi-final against Jeames Young.
Young went on to win the U16 final.
The surprise elimination of the day came when Suffolk Park surfer Soli Bailey was knocked out in the semi-final of the U20s against Mitch Parkinson.
Bailey finished with a total of 13.03 but couldn't match it with Parkinson.
"Luck didn't go my way and I missed my opportunity in the semi-final," Bailey said.
"The waves were pretty inconsistent out there and it was just a matter of luck and skill.
"It would have been awesome to win this but I'm still pretty happy with my result.
"A lot of the guys here are good enough to win it; it just depends on who gets the best waves.
"Every event is tough and this was a really good one to be a part of."
Parkinson eliminated last years U16 winner Leo Fiorvanti and Lennox Head surfer Mikey Wright on his way to the final.
It is the second time the Oz Grom Open event has been held in Lennox Head.