Press release courtesy Surfing Australia. Image by Ethan Smith
Local favourite Nyxie Ryan joined 7 other new champions who were crowned yesterday at the 2018 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in Lennox Head.
Te Kehukehu Butler (NZL) claimed his first WSL Pro Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) victory for 2018, taking out the coveted Men’s Pro Junior division. The powerful Kiwi natural-footer didn’t let the small waves stop him from posting big scores, nailing an excellent 8.27 scoring wave to get the edge over his opposition. To sweeten the win, Butler was greeted by the traditional Maori Haka when he made his way to the beach.
Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW) claimed her maiden JQS victory, winning the Women’s division on her home break. Surfing well-beyond her years, Ryan nailed an array of different turns to post an excellent 8.23 wave score as well as a 7.1 to amass a 15.33 two-wave heat total. After only competing in two other JQS events prior to the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open presented by Vissla, Ryan’s win will allow her to make a significant jump in the 2018 rankings.
“This is one of the best results I’ve had,” said Ryan. “My goal was to just make the final, so to go one step further and win feels amazing. Having the support of Le-Ba Boardriders here made the win so much more special. I’ve only done a few Pro Juniors this year and I’m heading down to Cronulla for the final event of the year, so it would be nice to get another decent result down there.”
The six-day event ran from 13 July –18 July and comprised of a World Surf League (WSL) sanctioned Pro Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event as well as an elite competition for promising grommets in the 12, 14 and 16 year age divisions.
In a similar vein to preceding years – where the event attracted surfers from ten different countries – a full international field competed in 2018 with surfers coming from as far away as Europe, USA and Japan to make up a field of more than 220 surfers across all divisions.
All event divisions were broadcast live on skullcandyozgromopen.com.au
The 2018 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open presented by Vissla is proudly supported by Skullcandy, Vissla, Ballina Shire Council, Le-Ba Boardriders, WSL and Surfing NSW.
WSL Pro Junior
1 – Te Kehukehu Butler (NZL)
2 – Callum Robson (Evans Head, NSW)
3 – Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, Vic)
4 – Dextar Muskens (Tweed Heads, NSW)
1 – Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW)
2 – Zahli Kelly (Cabarita, NSW)
3 – Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW)
4 – Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW)
1 – Lennox Chell (Avoca, NSW)
2 – Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc, Vic)
3 – Blake Ireland (Coolangatta, Qld)
4 – Taj Stokes (Buddina, Qld)
1 – Summa Longbottom (Kirra, Qld)
2 – Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW)
3 – Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW)
4 – Raya Campbell (Coolangatta, Qld)
1 – Marlon Harrison (Coolangatta, Qld)
2 – Ethan Huxtable (Jan Juc, Vic)
3 – Duke Wrencher (Byron Bay, NSW)
4 – Touma Cameron (Byron Bay, NSW)
1 – Jazz Wylie (Jan Juc, Vic)
2 – Imogen Elliot (Port Noalunga, SA)
3 – Cali Barrett (Banora Point, NSW)
4 – Astrid Osborn (Bilgola, NSW)
1 – Willis Droomer (Jan Juc, Vic)
2 – Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater, NSW)
3 – Sol Gruendling (Queenscliff, NSW)
4 – Ashton Pignat (Coolum, Qld)
1 – Ocea Curtis (Lennox Head, NSW)
2 – Tyla Hurst (Port Kembla, NSW)
3 – Stella Green (Buddina, Qld)
4 – Jahly Stokes (Buddina, Qld)
Check out some more pics from local photographer Vic Leto.