Grommets seal surfing future
Lennox Head surfer Stuart Kennedy was a stand-out in the Quiksilver Australian Grommet Titles Under 19 All-Stars event, notching up the second highest two-wave combined heat score of the day behind Culburras Owen Wright.
Meanwhile, Wright and former champion Sally Fitzgibbons burst out of the blocks ahead of an impressive field by top-scoring in their opening heats on day one of the Grommet Titles, which was held at Sharps Beach near Ballina earlier this week.
Wright captured the highest individual wave score on Sunday with 8.83 out of a possible 10, and also finished with the highest two-wave combined heat score of 16.83 points in the Under 18 boys division. Fitzgibbons managed a similar feat in the Under 18 girls, notching up an excellent 7.83 on her opening ride of the tournament, before riding another wave late in the heat to score a 7.70 and finish on a two-wave combined total of 15.60. Its a favourable start for both Wright and Fitzgibbons, who last year won national titles in the Under 16 divisions of the same tournament when it was held in Tasmania.
The tournament continues all this week and concludes with the finals this Saturday, December 2.