Surfing NSW – New Chair and Deputy Chair (July 2024)

Surfing NSW today announced the election of Ben Rolleston as its new Chair, and Lyndel Gray as Deputy Chair. This follows the resignation of John O’Neill and Harry Hodge from the Board of Directors after almost 15 years of esteemed service.

The Kiama instalment of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp series kicked off with a bang today with grommets all tearing into punchy two-foot conditions at Jones Beach.

Kash Brown (Cronulla) made his intentions clear as he smashed his Under-14 Boys quarterfinal, posting a giant 16.77 two-wave total. Brown executed a barrage of impressive backhand snaps and carves to cement his spot into the semi-finals which will take place tomorrow.

After standout performances at Coffs Habour last week Grace Gosby (Cronulla), Lucy Darragh (Gerringong) and Ruby Trew (Manly) all made their way south to Kiama, where all three girls proceeded to put on a clinic in the small surf. All three surfers claimed wins in their respective quarterfinals with a series of decent manoeuvres to earn themselves positions into the final day of competition tomorrow.

Jaggar Phillips (Maroubra) showed he was a star on the rise as he claimed his second-round heat with a respectable 12.83. two-wave heat total. The lightning-fast goofy-footer shone in the tiny conditions as he snapped and carved his way to victory in the heat.

All other heat results can be seen here.

The elite event will see male and female surfers competing in four different age divisions, starting at Under-8’s right through to the Under-14’s and will be the first event of the series run in the state this year.

Close to 80 competitors are expected in the event.

All competitors and spectators must abide by the COVID-19 regulations that will be in place on the event days.  

Regarded as one of the major steppingstones in the development of young Australian surfers, the 10-event Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps series caters for surfers from Under 8 to Under 14 and will be held in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia over summer.

As an added bonus, the respective winners of the Under 14 boys’ and girls’ divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses-paid, three-day Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps National Final Surf Camp, (1-day coaching clinic, two days of competition and heat analysis coaching) at the Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC). For the South Australian, Victorian and Tasmanian events, the Woolworths Surf Camp prize will be awarded to the highest place Under-14 Boy and Girl who reside in that respective state.

Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps 2021 Schedule:
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 1 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Oct 16, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 2 – Trigg, WA – Oct 23 – 24, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 3 – Clifton Beach, TAS – Oct 30, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 4 – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Nov 6 – 7, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 5 – Kiama, NSW – Nov 13 -14, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 6 – Gold Coast, QLD – Nov 20 – 21, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 7 – Torquay, VIC – Nov 27 – 28, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 8 – Cronulla, NSW – Dec 4 – 5, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 9 – Northern Beaches, NSW – Dec 11 – 12, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – EVENT 10 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Dec 11 – 12, 2021
Surfer Groms Comps – Nat Final – Surfing Aus HPC, Casuarina NSW – Dec 17 – 19, 2021

NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and Surfing Australia’s commitment to comply with all State and Federal regulations, series dates are subject to change at any time.

Mark Windon
OAM Executive Director

Felicity Conlan
Board Member

Francis Coady
Board Member

David Gyngell
Patron

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Patron

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