Groms get their groove on at inaugural ‘Surf Off’

Nola Wilson with the $300 donation cheque from the ‘Super Groms’. Photo: Brayden Wallace

Coolum Beach provided near perfect two to three foot waves for 32 young ‘surf stoked’ grommets from as far south as Lennox Heads at the inaugural Super Grom Surf Off, held on Saturday (10 Nov, 2012).
Strong performances were posted by 11 year old Kara Peterson (Coolum) in 13 and Under Girl’s and Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Hd) 11 and Under Boy’s in the early rounds, with both scoring 10 point rides in their first round heats.
Kara was also recently crowned as the first girl ever to win ‘Rookie of the Year’ at the 2012 Yaroomba Classic.
Both Jye and Jesse Parkinson (Coolum) continued their exceptional form taking out 1st and 2nd respectively in the Boy’s 9 & under division with Tom Rose 2nd and Ashton Pignet 3rd.  In the Boy’s 11 and under division, Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Hd), proved too strong for his opponents Will Muskins, Zane Assink and Will Carter, who placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.
The Girl’s 13 and Under final was closely contested with Kara Peterson (Coolum) showing blistering form and out surfing Ellia Smith 2nd, Kelly Pocock 3rd and Lilana Bowrey 4th.  The ‘blue ribbon’ Boy’s 13 and Under final was dominated by Reef Heazlewood (Cal) who cemented his result by posting a 9.5 ride in the dying minutes of the final.
13&Under boys champ Reef Heazlewood in action. Photo supplied.

Jack Veale (2nd), Tom Prout (3rd) and Tom Berryman (4th) also posted high scoring rides highlighting the level of talent in this age division.
Organised by Coolum’s Julie and Dean Parkinson and presented by Coolum Boardriders, the inaugural Super Grom Surf Off provided a great opportunity for aspiring junior surfers to compete in a State sanctioned event.
The successful and fun event was underpinned by the support of the Wilson Family, who awarded a ‘Julian Wilson’ scholarship to the most promising young surfer of the event Kara Peterson, for her unquestionable talent and sportsmanship throughout the day.
The sponsorship will help fund high performance training and State based entry fees to further Kara’s surfing skills.
“I am really excited about the possibility of these up and coming kids having an opportunity to get some contest experience as they are the future of the sport,”  Julian, who is currently competing in Santa Cruz, said.
The day was also about giving back to the community and Coolum Boardriders were proud to present Nola Wilson with a huge cheque for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
“At Coolum Boardriders, we are very proud of our kids and our comp, but it’s important for kids to learn that while winning and competing is great; they need to also understand how important it is to give back to the community that supports them,” President Daryl Maudsley said.
Girls champ and Julian Wilson Scholarship winner, Kara Peterson (RHS) congratulates a fellow competitor. Photo: Brayden Wallace

“We were very proud to present Nola Wilson with a big pink cheque to a charity very close to her heart.”
The Wilson family are currently offering one of Julian’s unique surfboards as a raffle prize, with all proceeds going the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The board is on display at The Shop Coolum (David Low Way, Coolum), where you can also purchase tickets.
Thanks go to the Wilson family and business sponsors including: Penny Skateboards, FCS Softboards, Coolum Surf, Widebay Motorcycles, Zee Wetsuits, The Boardstore, Shotgun Surfboards, Elite Surf Coaching, Performance Physio, Coolum Surfing School and Breaka Flavoured Milk.
Final results – Super Grom Surf Off
Girl’s 13 & Under (Parent Assist) – 1st  Kara Peterson, 2nd Ellia Smith, 3rd Kelly Pocock, 4th Lilana Bowrey
Boy’s 9 & Under (Parent Assist) –  1st Jye Parkinson, 2nd Jesse Parkinson, 3rd Tom Rose,  4th Ashton Pignet
Boy’s 11 & Under  – 1st Mickey McDonagh, 2nd Will Muskins, 3rd Zane Assink, 4th Will Carter
Boy’s 13 & Under – 1st Reef Heazlewood, 2nd Jack Veale, 3rd Tom Prout, 4th Tom Berryman