Aussies put on notice

The Coffs Coast Advocate

DURANBAH Beach turned on some good conditions for day two of the Billabong Occy Grom Comp yesterday.

The international surfers were always a bit of a mystery coming into the event and 11-year-old Californian Huntington Beach surfer Kanoa Igarahi quickly caught everyone's attention, putting all of Australia's top 12 year and under surfers on notice he is the guy to beat in this division.

The 16 and 14 Girls round one heats were also completed yesterday with some great performances in the high performance 1m small waves against the Duranbah wall.

Tyler Wright, from Lennox Head, is an obvious favourite in the 16 girls division with an incredible contest record which includes current Australian and World Junior Titles along with a win at the very highest level at the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Beachley Classic World Tour event.

But Tugun surfer Sarah Mason was super impressive on her backhand to easily advance to the semis. Also in action in the girls under 16 semis will be Kingscliff's Codie Klein who showed good consistency through her heats to make it through to the final six.

Today' s action is most likely to be at Duranbah and the day will open with 16 Boys round one.