Pheonix Talbot (Yamba) showed he was a star on the rise, taking out the Under-8 Mixed division. Image by: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Junior surfers shine in finals of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp at Coffs Harbour

Event three of the 2020 Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series pres. by Pic’s Peanut Butter wrapped up today at Park Beach following an action-packed day of surfing in two-foot conditions.
Luca Martin (Coffs Harbour) ensured one title would remain in Coffs Harbour taking out the Under-10 Boys division. The young dynamo put on a clinic in the final, performing a handful of exciting turns and snaps to take the top honours and get his local supporters cheering from the shoreline.
Leihani Kaloha Zoric (Byron Bay) claimed her second title in as many days, taking out the Under-10 Girls division. The talented natural-footer surfed excellently in the final, posting a decent 7.5 wave score that gave her the upper hand in the final and take her second title.
Pheonix Talbot (Yamba) showed he was a star on the rise, taking out the Under-8 Mixed division. The Yamba goofy-footer shone in the punchy beach breaks, posting an excellent 8.00 wave score in the first of two finals. Runner-up Jaya Suhendra (Byron Bay) put up a valiant fight against Talbot, taking out the second final, but had to settle for second place thanks to having a lower high-wave score.  
The elite event will see male and female surfers competing in four different age divisions, starting at Under-8’s right through to the Under-14’s.
Over 70 competitors competed in the event.
With the current NSW Health recommendations in relation to community sport, Surfing NSW has implemented regional boundaries for Woolworths Surfer Grom Comps for each respective event location. The Coffs Harbour region spanned from Forster in the south to Tweed Heads in the north.
Surfing NSW requires all competitors to complete a survey on your health status and where they have been 14-days prior to competition.
Regarded as one of the major steppingstones in the development of young Australian surfers, the 10-event Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps series caters for surfers from Under 8 to Under 14 and will be held in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia over summer.
As an added bonus, the respective winners of the Under 14 boys’ and girls’ divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses-paid, three-day Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps National Final Surf Camp, (1-day coaching clinic, 2 days of competition and heat analysis coaching) at the Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC). For the South Australian, Victorian and Tasmanian events, the Woolworths Surf Camp prize will be awarded to the highest place Under-14 Boy and Girl who reside in that respective State.

Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps pres. by Pic’s Peanut Butter 2020 Series Schedule:

  • EVENT 1 – Kiama, NSW – Sept 5 – 6, 2020
  • EVENT 2 – Northern Beaches, NSW – Sept 12 – 13, 2020
  • EVENT 3 – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Sept 26 – 27, 2020
  • EVENT 4 – Cronulla, NSW – Oct 17 – 18, 2020
  • EVENT 5 – Torquay, VIC – Oct 24 – 25, 2020
  • EVENT 6 – Clifton Beach, TAS – Oct 31, 2020
  • EVENT 7 – Trigg, WA – Nov 7 – 8, 2020
  • EVENT 8 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Nov 14, 2020
  • EVENT 9 – Gold Coast, QLD – Nov 21 – 22, 2020
  • EVENT 10 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Dec 12 – 13, 2020
  • National Final – Surfing Australia HPC, Casuarina QLD – Dec 18 – 20, 2020  – Entry by qualification.

The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps is proudly supported by Woolworths, Pic’s Peanut Butter and 2XP.
NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and Surfing Australia’s commitment to comply with all State and Federal regulations, series dates are subject to change at any time.
Under-12 Boys

= 1 – Lachlan Arghyros (Kingscliff)
= 1 – Carter Crowley (Coffs Harbour)
= 1 – Rio Luther Barr (Bundagen)
= 1 – Fletcher O’Sullivan (Sawtell)
Under-10 Girls
1 – Leihani Kaloha Zoric (Byron Bay)
2 – Isla Schomberg (Bonville)
3 – Henley Smith (Lennox Head)
4 – Frieda Parkhouse (Stuarts Point)
Under-10 Boys
1 – Luca Martin (Coffs Harbour)
2 – Max Crowley (Coffs Harbour)
3 – Hamish Harrigan (Emerald Beach)
4 – Omar Moltzen (Boomerang Beach)

Under-8 Mixed
1 – Phoenix Talbot  (Yamba)
2 – Jaya Suhendra (Byron Bay)
3 – Reko Molzen (Boomerang Beach)
4 – Jet Dean (Coffs Harbour)
5 – Asher Fruedenstein (Red Rock)
Pic’s Peanut Butter Star Performer Award
Isla Schomberg