Anticipation Builds for the 2023 Skullcandy Oz Open

Published on 23/06/2023

Some of Australia’s best grommet surfers will prepare to go toe-to-toe and blow-for-blow when the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open pres. by Vissla returns to Lennox Head in early July.

The six-day event will run from 6 July –11 July 2023 and will comprise of a World Surf League (WSL) sanctioned Pro Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event as well as an elite competition for promising grommets in the 14, 16 and 18 year age divisions. 

In a similar vein to preceding years – where the event has attracted surfers from ten different countries – a full international field is again expected in 2023 with surfers coming from as far away as Europe, USA, Hawaii, Indonesia and Japan to make up a field of more than 270 surfers across all divisions. 

A five-person judging panel comprised of current WSL Championship Tour and Qualifying Series judges will be on-site as well as a live webcast that collectively sets this event above any other junior competition in the world.

Skullcandy Oz Grom Open Event Director and Le-Ba Boardriders President Ben Beesley is elated to see the event return to Lennox Head. 

“The Skullcandy Oz Grom Open is one of the most highly anticipated junior surfing events in the country. The event was founded by LE-BA Boardriders who wanted an event which offered an exciting and innovative contest that had never been seen before in junior surfing.”

Former event competitors include a range of current and former World Championship Tour such as, Molly Picklum, Mikey, Owen and Tyler Wright, Jack Robinson, reigning World Junior Champion Jarvis Earle and local surfers Mikey McDonagh and Nyxie Ryan. 

It is anticipated that the event will get underway by 7.30am each day.

Daily press packages will be sent out over the course of the event.

All event divisions will be broadcast live worldwide on into the WSL Pro Junior are open at

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