Next wave looks good for Aussies
ON a day when Australia’s Mick Fanning claimed his second World Title, the nation’s next generation of budding surf stars staked their claim as future champions at the Wahu Surfer Groms Comp on the Gold Coast.
Stepping up to the under-11 boys, Dexter Muskins (Duranbah) showed why he’ll be mixing it with the best junior surfers in years to come, dominating the draw throughout the two-day event.
Muskins’ under-11 female counterpart, Koby Enright (Palm Beach) was equally impressive on her way to a well-earned victory ahead of Palm Beach’s triple threat of Kiani Dobbyn, Alyssa Lock and Ebony Wilson, with Rainbow Bay’s Alex Johnson coming in a close fifth.
A late injury withdrawal from under-13 boys favourite Kai Hing (Wurtulla), paved the way for Jake Snellgrove (Lennox Head, NSW) to capitalise on a wide open final, defeating Sheldon Simkus (Duranbah) and Joe Van Dijk (Phillip Island) along the way.
Grommet-extraordinaire Eli Steele (Caloundra), 14, collected another feather for his cap.
Easily winning the blue riband under-15 boys’ final, he scored an event high combined two-wave total of 17.44 (out of a possible 20), to dispose of Michael Wright (Lennox Head), Mitchell Ellis (Currumbin) and Izak Clifford (Marcus Beach).
Not to be out done, Duranbah’s Kobie Enright (under-13 girls) and Coolangatta’s Jade Wheatley (under-15 girls) each put their idol Stephanie Gilmore on notice notching up impressive campaigns to claim the crown in their division.