New comp for groms
LE-BA Boardriders have stepped in to fill the gap left by the loss of this year's Gromfest competition, organising a replacement event in conjunction with Skullcandy Headphones.
The event will be held from July 6-10 at Lennox Head beach.
Last week it was announced by Rusty, sponsors of Gromfest, that the event would take a break this year.
Rusty said the event format was "starting to feel somewhat dated" and "we really want to make sure we're presenting something special for the kids that captures their youthful spirit. So, we're taking some time to give us a chance to talk with the competitors and come back with something exciting to breathe renewed life into the grommet scene."
Le-Ba officials were quick to organise a replacement event, and have gained support from Byron Bay-based Skullcandy, Lennox Head-based Emery Surfboards, Electric Sunglasses, FSC Fins and Surfing NSW.
The event will be known as the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open and will have divisions for boys 12 and under, 14 and under and 16 and under, and girls 16 and under. It will be run like a QS/WCT event, with a first-round repechage. And in a first for local junior surfing, the final will be jet-ski assisted.