South Australian Groms Impress at Stop No.3 of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series

Published on 30/09/2023

Locals have impressed at the Woolworths Surfers Groms Comp in South Australia on Saturday. Groms were greeted with 2-3ft waves, strong offshore winds and warm weather for Stop No.3 of the series.

Competition was fierce with close heats across the divisions and one upset from an interstate competitor in the U14 Boys. Sam Sparks (Kiama, NSW) took out the blue ribbon U14 Boys, defeating Ashton Crowley (Port Noarlunga South, SA), Angus Kennedy (Cowes, VIC) and Hudson Egan (Hindmarsh Valley, SA).

Isla Kindstrom (Seaford, SA) won the U14 Girls with Priya Jakhwal (Hallett Cove, SA) finishing second and Allegra Caretti (Port Noarlunga, SA) third.

Jemma Crowley (Port Noarlunga South, SA) impressed in the U16 Girls with one of the highest single wave scores of the day, a 8.50 (out of a possible 10).

In the U16 Boys Noah Keelan (Encounter Bay, SA) scored an impressive 16.03 heat total in the final to claim the win in a tight battle with Mitchell Henderson (Port Noarlunga, SA).

Surfing South Australia Contest Director, Craig Potgieter said: “Overall it was a good day for the Woolworths Surfers Groms Comp in South Australia with some great surfing. The groms had a lot of fun with beach games and surf skate sessions in the carpark and we could not have asked for better weather and conditions. Everyone was stoked.”

Top placing South Australian surfers Isla Kindstrom and Ashton Crowley have won an all-expenses paid, three-day camp at the Hyundai Surfing Australia High Performance Centre. While the Le Tan Breaking Through award went to Leo Wilson (West Lakes, SA) for a breakthrough performance.

RESULTS:

U16 Boys 

1st Noah Keelan (Encounter Bay, SA)
2nd Mitchell Henderson (Port Noarlunga, SA)
3rd King Cairns (Christies Beach, SA)
4th Hudson Brown (Middleton, SA)

U16 Girls
1st Jemma Crowley (Port Noarlunga South, SA)
2nd Keira Hunt (Kingston Park, SA)
3rd Eve Disley (Hallet Cove, SA)

U14 Boys
1st Sam Sparks (Kiama, NSW)
2nd Ashton Crowley (Port Noarlunga South, SA)
3rd Angus Kennedy (Cowes, VIC)
4th Hudson Egan (Hindmarsh Valley, SA)

U14 Girls
1st Isla Kindstrom (Seaford, SA)
2nd Priya Jakhwal (Hallett Cove, SA)
3rd Allegra Caretti (Port Noarlunga, SA) 

U12 Boys
1st Seth Baillie (Victor Harbor, SA)
2nd Felix Kindstrom (Port Noarlunga South, SA)
3rd Cole Winter (Port Noarlunga South, SA)
4th Leo Wilson (West Lakes, SA)

U12 Girls
1st Chloe Crowley (Port Noarlunga, SA)
2nd Tahlia Stewart (Maslin Beach, SA)

U10 Boys
1st Gus Wilson (West Lakes, SA)
2nd Jay Taylor (Marion Bay, SA)
3rd Taj Winter (Port Noarlunga South, SA)

U10 Girls
1st Florence Caretti (Port Noarlunga, SA)

U8 Mixed
1st Gus Wilson (West Lakes, SA)
2nd Morry Quinton (Hindmarsh Valley, SA)

Full results HERE.

Regarded as one of the major stepping stones 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, two 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 2023 Schedule:

  • EVENT 1 – Kiama, NSW – Sept 2 – 3, 2023
  • EVENT 2 – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Sept 9 – 10, 2023 
  • EVENT 3 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Sept 30, 2023
  • EVENT 4 – Gold Coast, QLD – Oct 7 – 8, 2023
  • EVENT 5 – Torquay, VIC – Oct 14 – 15, 2023
  • EVENT 6 – Clifton Beach, TAS – Oct 28, 2023
  • EVENT 7 – Northern Beaches, NSW – Nov 4 – 5, 2023
  • EVENT 8 – Trigg, WA – Nov 18 – 19, 2023
  • EVENT 9 – Cronulla, NSW – Dec 2 – 3, 2023
  • EVENT 10 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Dec 9 – 10, 2023
  • National Final – Surfing Australia HPC, Casuarina, NSW – Dec 16 – 18, 2023

The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series is proudly supported by Le Tan, Ruffie Rustic Foods, Wax Fresh and Surfing Australia.

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