Rising tide of grommet surfing talent in Peel region

Wahu Surfer Grom participants take a break during the competition at Trigg Point last weekend.
Austin Wroth in action during the mixed under eight parent assist competition.
Wahu Surfer Grom participants take a break during the competition at Trigg Point last weekend. Austin Wroth in action during the mixed under eight parent assist competition.

THE Peel region is emerging as a hot spot for surfing talent, with Maverick Wilson, of Mandurah, dominating the exciting under-10 boys final, and Dawesville surfer Leo Newbold finishing second.

Ace Flynn (Mandurah) was too strong in the under-8 parent assist final, followed by another Mandurah surfer, Austin Wroth.

Falcon surfer Denva Halden came third in the under-14 girls competition.

The youngsters were competing in the final leg of the Wahu Surfer Groms competition at Trigg Point last weekend.

The specialty ‘grommets only’ event places a heavy emphasis on competitors and families having fun, as a record number of groms from across WA attended the ninth stop of the Australia-wide series.

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Surfing WA high-performance coach Mark Clift praised the competition and the atmosphere on offer for the next generation of WA surfers.

“This is such a great event, truly unique and a bunch of fun for the little ones,” Clift said.

More than 800 children are set to take part in the 2016-17 event series.

Previous champions to come through the competition include Matt Banting, Jacob Willcox, Luke Hynd, Eli Steele, Kai Hing, Chris Zaffis, Quinn Bruce, Ellie-Jean Coffey, Macy Callaghan, Isabella Nichols, Holly Wawn and Laura Poncini.