Groms to surf with heroes

THANKS to pro surfers Mick Fanning and Jake Paterson, grommets will have a chance to surf with pros from the ASP World Championship Tour on Tuesday, February 24, at Duranbah.

Fanning has the backing of his club, Kirra Surfriders (KSC), and the Greville Mitchell Surfing Foundation, to offer this opportunity for groms aged under 18 to surf with up to 10 CT pros, including Fanning and CJ Hobgood.

For more info, check out the KSC website.

KIRRA SURFRIDERS open club round results from D-bah on Sunday, February 8. 1 Mick Fanning, 2 Asher Pacey, 3 Jesse Allen, 4 Mitchell Hayes.

WAYNE “RABBIT” BARTHOLOMEW has decided to call it a day with the Association of Surfing Professionals after 10 years at the helm and 36 years of competition.

Prior to Rabbit's decision to retire as ASP international president, he was awarded an AM on Australia Day. The 1978 world champ, and world masters champ in 2000, was honoured for his roles as Surfing Australia head coach and ASP president, and for his environmental and charity work.

RIP CURL'S Kirra Teams Challenge hosted by Kirra Surfriders, the defending titleholder, is on again from February 17 to 22. The challenge has attracted 36 clubs with eight-man teams comprised of six opens and two juniors.

The teams event will compete from Friday, February 20, until Sunday, February 22.

The curtain raiser will be a new comp, the Michael Peterson/Mick Fanning Rising Star Challenge, commencing on the Thursday.

JACK FREESTONE, the Kirra 16-year-old who made the quarter finals at North Straddie for the Oakley Pro Junior and was beaten by eventual winner Owen Wright (Lennox Head), has entered the MP/Mick Fanning Rising Star Challenge.

Freestone has also been included in the Quiksilver Pro Trials on February 27 at Snapper, along with 15 other trialists including fellow KSC member Corey Ziems, Shaun Gossman and Luke Dorrington, both from Snapper, and Kirra's Dale Richards and Matt Jones.

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