Holly Wishart claims third at Northern Beaches Groms event

Werri's Holly Wishart. Photo: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW
Werri's Holly Wishart. Photo: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW

THE Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series on Sydney’s Northern Beaches saw seven new champions crowned at the weekend an event which also saw Werri’s Holly Wishart finish on the podium in her event.

Oceanna Rogers (Shell Cove) claimed her second title in a week, taking top honours in the under 14 girls division.

Rogers dominated the 20-minute final, hammering an array of critical turns to post a massive 18.13 two-wave heat total and claim the win ahead of dual division finalist and under 12 girls winner Ruby Rockstar Trew (second), Werri’s Holly Wishart (third) and Port Kembla’s Tyla Hurst (fourth).

Holly Wishart (second from left) and the other three under 14 girls podium finishers. Photo: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW

Holly Wishart (second from left) and the other three under 14 girls podium finishers. Photo: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW

Nate Hopkins (Norah Head) set a high benchmark in the under 14 boys final, charging hard out of the gate to post a near-perfect 9.00 ride to put his opposition on the ropes.

Hopkins nailed a chain of critical frontside snaps to post the aforementioned score and prevent Hughie Vaughan (Bateau Bay) from claiming his second win from as many events.

Northern Beaches native Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater) continued his dominance of the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps Series, taking out the under 12 boys division.

Fresh off a victory at event one at Cronulla, Kelleher showed the same flair that allowed him to take the top spot on the dais last week, posting a respectable 12.53 two-wave heat total.

In the collaborative under 12 and under 10 girls final, Ruby Rockstar Trew (Seaforth) took on a stellar field of younger competitors to claim the 12 girls final.

In a similar fashion to her previous standout performance, Trew posted an excellent 18.93 two-wave heat total to claim the division ahead of Annalise Wong (Cromer) who got the nod to win the under 10 girls.

Surfing well-beyond his years, Ocean Lancaster (Merewether) annihilated section-after-section in the under 10 boys division.

The Novocastrian natural-footer posted an impressive 15.5 two-wave heat total to take out the final, ahead of fellow event standout and local surfer Sullivan Tucker (Freshwater).

Jay Whitfield (Maroubra) ensured a title would head south of the Harbour Bridge, taking out the under 8 Mixed Parental Assist division.

In the second of two finals, Whitfield went neck-and-neck with Henry Smith (Mona Vale) who put up a valiant fight, however after the scores were added up, the title was awarded to Whitfield after one heat win and a runner-up finish.