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Ava & Rocco Win Westport Grom Comp

Ava Henderson and Rakiatea Tau win the premier Under 18 divisions at Round 2 of The Connect Group SISA South Island Grom Series.

Ava Henderson returns to competition at the Westport Grom Comp held at Nine Mile. Photo: Derek Morrison

The second event of the The Connect Group South Island Grom Series was held in Westport on Friday. The event took place with beautiful weather and a nice 1-1.4m west-northwest swell that saw the competition staged at Nine Mile Beach, near Tauranga Bay.

Despite the early morning low tide, conditions were clean and fun as the early rounds began, with the swell increasing and the tide moving on to the better banks throughout the day. Those who made it through the early rounds were looking forward to surfing again with the high tide providing ideal conditions.

As the finals started the tide was right in and the wind stayed light offshore making for some superb finals conditions. Nine Mile had peaks with running lefts and rights, clean rippable walls at shoulder to head high.

Sacha Surgenor takes the win in Westport. Photo: Derek Morrison

The Under 14 Girls were up first and a dominant performance from Sacha Surgenor took the win from Georgie Macefield, with the others fighting for the remaining places.

Keo Morrison carves his way to the win in the Under 14s at Westport. Photo: Derek Morrison

The Under 14 Boys was a close final, but Keo Morrison showed great patience and used his priority very well to take the win, second was Flint Sherborne-France ahead of Hamua Tau in third with early round stand out Travis Henderson unfortunately picking up an interference call and having to settle for fourth.

Tessa Gabbott takes the Under 16 Girls win at Nine Mile. Photo: Derek Morrison

Tessa Gabbott continued her good form with another great performance in the Under 16 Girls, taking a win from Rewa Morrison, with Sacha Surgenor and Tessa Langman in third and fourth respectively.

Lachlan Noakes continues his run of form at Nine Mile. Photo: Derek Morrison

Lachlan Noakes took out a hotly contested Under 16 Boys final with Lincoln Penei a very close second, Dan Lynn in third and Flint Sherborne-France in fourth.

Great to see Ava Henderson back in the contest rashie at Nine Mile, Westport. Photo: Derek Morrison

Making a return to competitive surfing after a wee break, Ava Henderson posted some huge scores to combo the field in the Under 18 Girls final, Rewa finished second, with Tessa, third and Lucy Macefield in fourth.

Rakiatea Tau on his way to winning the Under 18s at Nine Mile. Photo: Derek Morrison

The Under 18 Boys final was a two-way battle between George Roberts and Rakiatea Tau, but a massive layback by Rakiatea to earn himself a 9.0 was enough to take the win over George. Brooklyn Ward surfed well all comp to finish third, with Frank Roberts in fourth.

Thanks SISA and to all the officials for running a smooth, fun contest and a huge thanks to Buller Board Riders and the Buller Surfing Community for hosting us.

Words: Dave Entwisle/SISA

Full results Westport Grom Comp
Round 2 of the South Island Grom Series

Next stop on The Connect Group South Island Grom Series tour is:
March 24-26: Ray White Duke Festival of Surfing and The Connect Group Grom Comp Round 3, New Brighton, Christchurch.
April 14-16: The Connect Group Grom Comp Round 4, Kaikoura.
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