Glad to be a Kennedy

Lennox Heads Stuart Kennedy handled the poor conditions to win the final of the Schools All Star Under 19s with NSW school partner Jesse Adam on Saturday at Skennars Head. Photo: Steve Robertson/Surfing Australia.

Lennox Heads Stuart Kennedy and Newcastles Jesse Adam mastered the 1.5m swell at Skennars Head on Saturday to capture the Schools All Star Under 19 championship title for NSW at the Quiksilver Australian Grommet Titles.

The convincing victory over Victorias Jackson Collins and Josh Johnson-Baxter was the brightest moment for the local contingent in the extremely competitive and internationally renown Australian Grommet Titles, held between Ballina and Lennox Head over the last week.

The other local who continues to impress is Byron Bays Garrett Parkes, who made the finals of the Under 16 boys. Unfortunately it wasnt his day as he struggled to make anything of the ordinary conditions and suffered an interference call, relegating him to fourth place overall. Parkes performance still qualified him for a spot in Surfing Australias High Performance Centre squad and he may well still be chosen to represent Australia at next years World Junior Titles in Portugal.

The big winners were South Australias Teale Vanner, NSW teen sensation Sally Fitzgibbons and Victorias Todd Rosewall, who all secured berths into the 2007 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships by winning national surfing titles during the week-long championship.

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