Young surfers take to waves for Skullcandy Oz Grom Open 2013
YOUNG local surfers will take to the waves today in a bid to take a title in the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open 2013.
The competition runs from 7.30am today until Tuesday at Lennox Head and gives surfers under 20 years of age the chance to show off their skills in the water.
Contest director Tony O'Brien said since the event was first held so successfully last year, this year's competition has gained prestige in the surfing world.
This event, he said, gives young grommets the chance to have a taste of what the pro surfing circuit is like.
It's a different competition to the majority, Mr O'Brien said, as they strive to not only give young guns a chance to have a go, but to have a good time while doing so.
The event gives all competitors the opportunity to surf twice if they don't progress through the first round; the round-two system being a first in junior surfing.
"It just ensures everyone gets a fair crack," Mr O'Brien said.
"The goal is to have a good time."
Young Lennox Head surfers Flynn Bosselmann, Hunter Weston and Angus Baker, all 10 and Jack O'Brien, 9, are all looking forward to competing in what will be their first proper surf comp.
Jack, who has been surfing since he was four years old, said he would love to grow up to be a pro surfer like his idols such as Aussie pro Mick Fanning and Lennox Head's own Adam Melling.
The competition area being set up yesterday includes a three-level scaffold tower with a competitors' only area, a new computerised scoring and reporting system as well as an onsite video screen showing daily highlights and live scores.