Under 14 boys Jay Occhilupo, Logan Steinhede, and Kai Jones after their run during the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in Lennox Head.
Under 14 boys Jay Occhilupo, Logan Steinhede, and Kai Jones after their run during the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in Lennox Head. Marc Stapelberg

Groms get into it at Lennox Head

IT was an exciting opening day in the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open surfing contest at Lennox Head as competitors in the 12 and 14 years boys and 16 years girls duked it out in three-foot waves.

After a self-admitted poor result in the recent Occy Grom Comp at Duranbah, the Central Coast's Lennox Chell made up for lost ground, nailing section after section on his backhand in the 14 years boys.

Chell surfed well beyond his years in the opening exchange, producing a volley of enormous snaps and carves to attain his impressive scores.

Interstate competitors Marlon Harrison (Coolangatta, Qld) and Codie Jeffery (Newhaven, Vic) made their mark on the 14 years boys. Both negotiated the outside sections and shore breaks to execute a multitude of giant turns.

Jai Glinderman (Lennox Head) was the best performed local on the day, posting a respectable 13.67 heat total to seal himself a victory in a 14 years boys heat.

Glinderman used his local nous to effortlessly weave through difficult sections and nail a chain of impressive frontside and backside turns.

Coming off a confidence-boosting victory at the recent Occy Grom Comp, Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld) posted the third highest heat total of the day, a 15.5 (out of a possible 20 points).

Richardson scored two waves in the high seven-point range to muster up his heat total and cement a position in the third round.

Top female seed and 2017 Australasian WSL Junior Series champion Zahli Kelly (Clayfield, Qld) lived up to the accolades, winning her opening 16 years girls division heat.

Kelly played a patient game, catching only two waves, but managed to score a near perfect 9.5 to leave her opponents chasing a combination of scores to try to snatch away her lead.

The six-day event will run until next Wednesday.

The international field of 170 includes surfers from Europe, the United States, Japan and New Zealand.

Information from (02) 9349 7055.