ON BOARD: Younger groms will show off their style at this year’s festival in August.
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Stars of the future

WAHU Surfer Groms competition returns to the Coffs Coast this October 11-12.

The event will follow on from the Australian Surf Festival to be held in the city from August 14-18 and continues the rise of surfing sport as one of the biggest tourism drawcards the region has to offer.

Australia's surfing stars of the future will be on show with the national series regarded as one of the major stepping stones in the development of the next generation.

Divisions start from the parent-assisted under-8s, up to under-14s, open to both boys and girls.

Previous champions include former World Junior champion Matt Banting, World under-16 champion Jacob Willcox and many members of the Australian junior team that has contested the ISA World Junior championships.

Visitors expected include Jaggar Batholomew (son of 1978 World champion Wayne) and Jay Occhilupo (son of 1999 World champion Mark).

"Surfing and the beach lifestyle are both enduring and growing and we are delighted to be part of this Australian lifestyle identity," Wahu's Tim Britz said.

"Our partnership with Surfing Australia for more than seven years in progressing the grassroots platforms in developing healthy, capable and safe young surfers."

Coffs Harbour will present the second of 10 national events.

"It's great for all the travelling as the kids get a chance to surf different breaks and try and come home with the trophy," Britz added.

"They all want to win but if they don't they are okay with it and are just happy to be competing with their friends and getting into all the beach games."



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