Hot finish to Oz Grom Cup
NINE new champions crowned at Park Beach after a series of exciting battles in punchy two-foot beachbreaks.
Local hopes were high that Taj Watson would win the 16-and-under boys section of the Billabong Oz Grom Cup in Coffs Harbour but Angourie's Dakoda Walters continued his solid form to take out the final, posting a near-perfect 9.7 to win.
Watson, Zac MacMahon (Evans Head) and Joel Buxton (Buff Point) all put on stellar performances over the duration of the event, however Walters gained the upper hand thanks to the high scoring wave to slingshot him onto the top spot on the dais.
There was one winner from the Coffs Harbour Boardriders club though.
Wooli grom Carly Shanahan won the 14-and-under girls section scoring a heat total of 12.33 to finish ahead of Ellia Smith from Coolum.
A pair of Sawtell surfers made it all the way to the Oz Grom Cup finals.
Rosie Smart finished third in the 12-and-under girls section while Fletcher O'Sullivan was runner-up in the 8-and-under mixed division.
Also in the final of the youngest section was Safety Beach grom Eli Nalder who finished fourth.
Elle Clayton-Brown (Corlette) put the icing on her impressive week taking out the 16-and-under girls final.
In the close battle, Clayton-Brown utilised her solid backside attack to notch up a 12.67 heat total and claim the win ahead of Kelly O'Callaghan (Kingscliff) by a 1.31 point margin.
1 - Dakoda Walters (Angourie, NSW)
2 - Taj Watson (Coffs Harbour, NSW)
3 - Zac MacMahon (Evans Head, NSW)
4 - Joel Buxton (Buff Point, NSW)
1 - Elle Clayton-Brown (Corlette, NSW)
2 - Kelly O'Callaghan (Kingscliff, NSW)
3 - Shaye Leeuwendal (Currumbin, Qld)
4 - Anne Dos-Santos (Dee Why, NSW)
1 - Lennox Chell (Avoca, NSW)
2 - Jackson Graham (Currumbin, Qld)
3 - Grayson Hinrichs (Bondi, NSW)
4 - Marlon Harrison (Coolangatta, Qld)
1 - Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW)
2 - Ellia Smith (Coolum, Qld)
3 - Jasmine McCorquodale (Bateau Bay, NSW)
4 - Charli Hurst (Port Kembla, NSW)
1 - Nate Hopkins (Norah Head, NSW)
2 - Lennix Smith (Barrack Heights, NSW)
3 - Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld)
4 - Harley Walters (Angourie, NSW)
1 - Lilliana Bowrey (Tewantin, Qld)
2 - Zahlia Short (Austinmer, NSW)
3 - Rosie Smart (Sawtell, NSW)
4 - Grace Kama (Elanora, Qld)
1 - Samuel Lowe (Port Kembla, NSW)
2 - Landan Smales (Peregian Beach, Qld)
3 - Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater, NSW)
4 - Joel Emery (Wooloweyah, NSW)
1 - Shyla Short (Austinmer, NSW)
2 - Jordy Halford (Currumbin Waters, Qld)
3 - Ruby Barber (Noosa Heads, Qld)
4 - Tiana Darragh (Malabar, NSW)
1 - Ryder Martin (Coolum, Qld)
2 - Fletcher O'Sullivan (Sawtell, NSW)
3 - Taj Air (Thirroul, NSW)
4 - Eli Nalder (Safety Beach, NSW)