Finalists, Picture – James Robinson / Surfing NSW 

Australia’s Best Junior Surfers Fight To Avoid Elimination At 2022 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open.

Published on 08/07/2022

The 2022 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open presented by Vissla saw another exciting day of action today as the first round of surfers began to be eliminated from the competition.

Fletcher Kelleher (Manly, NSW) escaped elimination in the Under-16 Boys as he manhandled the clean three-foot beachbreak conditions. The talented goofy-footer unleashed an array of gigantic backside snaps on his opening ride to notch up a near-perfect 9.50 wave score, followed by a decent 6.33 to accumulate a 15.83 two-wave total. Reece Harper (Narrawallee, NSW) remained hot on Kelleher’s heels throughout the round three exchange, posting an excellent 8.67 wave score, but was unable to get the win and had to settle for the progressing runner-up spot.

Darcy Dwyer (Sunshine Beach, Qld) and Rico Haybittle (Burleigh, Qld) both showed they’d be a threat in the same division as both surfers posted heat totals in excess of 14.00. Both surfers will make their next appearance in the fourth round.

Ruby Berry (Margaret River, WA) put on an electric performance late in the day, posting a massive 15.83 two-wave total in the 16 Girls. Berry was rewarded with the score for a series of gigantic turns on critical sections and as a result, cemented her position into the quarterfinals.

Natalie Fensom (Newcastle, NSW) and Chloe Groube (Pauanui Beach, NZ) also took out their respective round three heats and both solidified their spot into the 16 Girls quarterfinals. The remainder of the 16 Girls’ round three heats will get underway first thing tomorrow morning.

The full event running schedule can be found here.

The six-day event will run from 7 July –12 July 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 Under 14, 16 and 18 divisions.

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

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

The 2022 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open presented by Vissla is proudly supported by Skullcandy, Vissla, Ballina Shire Council, Le-Ba Boardriders, WSL and Surfing NSW.

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