Jake running hot in d'bah's cold waves

TWEED Heads'Jake Cumberland was one of the day's most powerful and impressive performers during round one of the 16 boys' division at the Billabong Occy Grom Comp in Duranbah yesterday.

Having waited through the opening two days of the Billabong Occy Grom Comp, the blue ribbon division enthusiastically charged the swell, but there were none better than Cumberland who cruised through his heat.

He posted an outstanding 9.17 out of a possible 10 on his way to a powerful win over southerner Beau Foster, while Coolangatta kids Noa Deane and Sol Pereria-Ryan also scored two excellent 8-point plus scores to advance.

Each year this event exposes new talent and yesterday 16-year-old Balinese surfer Putra Hermanwan was the exciting revelation.

The stylish surfer who grew up in Nusa Lembongan blitzed opponents Tom Doyle and Harrison Mann, and said he was enjoying the experience.

“I'm here with five other Balinese surfers to gain experience against Australia's best young surfers,” he said.

“The waves are good fun but the water is cold!”

Cold water for Putra maybe, but his surfing was hot as he reeled off fast and smooth manouvres to notch up an 8.33 and 8.27 - the highest heat score of the day.

The good swell is expected to continue through the final two days of competition with the highly anticipated 12 boys' quarter finals hitting the water from 7.30am this morning.

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