NEW NSW CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT THE 2018 HAVAIANAS NSW GROMMET TITLES AT
MAROUBRA BEACH, SYDNEY (Sunday, 29 July 2018): The 2018 Havaianas NSW
Grommet State Titles saw four new NSW champions crowned today following
a day of action-packed surfing in tricky one-foot peaks.
Dane Henry (Fingal Head) hit his stride in the Under-14 Boys final, taking
out the coveted division. Henry nailed a variety of frontside carves and
snaps to gain the edge over fellow north coast surfer Dembe Ryan (Lennox
Head). Henry finished the final with a respectable 12.66 two-wave heat
total to claim the victory ahead of Ryan by a 1.06 margin.
California Barrett (Banora Point) ensured another state title would return
to northern NSW, by taking out the Under-14 Girls division. Barrett performed
beyond her years in all heats, constantly notching up decent heat totals
for critical turns. Barrett was able to clinch the final win with a 13.03
two-wave heat total ahead of Rosie Smart (Sawtell) who finished in the
Kelleher (Freshwater) became the sole Sydney champion at the 2018 Havaianas
NSW Grommet State Titles, taking out the Under-12 Boys. Kellehers
deadly backhand repertoire proved to be his advantage over the opposition
all event, with the Northern Beaches natural-footer consistently nailing
an array of high scores. Kelleher finished the final with an impressive
15.6 two-wave total to get the win over up-and-coming dynamo Jimmi Hill
Quincy Symonds (Tweed Heads) capped off her excellent 2018 Havaianas NSW
Grommet State Titles campaign, taking out the Under-12 Girls final. Symonds
hammered a healthy mix of forehand maneuvers over the duration of the
final to post a 13.8 two-wave heat total and get the nod over fellow event
standout Shyla Short (Austinmer) who finished in the second position.
The three-day event took place at Maroubra Beach from the 27th
29th July 2018.
in the Under-12 and Under-14 divisions were vying for a revered NSW Junior
Title, with the Under-14 division given an allocated amount of positions
for the Australian Junior Surfing Titles which will take place in South
Australian in November/December.
The Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles will be run concurrently with the
Beachbreaks Festival, which will see a range of festival activations taking
place over the course of Sunday, 23rd July.
2018 was the fourth year the Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles and the
Woolworths NSW Junior State Titles pres. by Ocean and Earth have been
split into two different events, with the amendment designed to cater
for the growing demand from younger competitor divisions.
In addition to the surfing, Havaianas also hosted beach games twice daily,
a free mechanical surfboard and an Instagram competition, where one lucky
person will win a years supply of Havaianas.
qualifiers for the Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles were determined
by eight individual regional titles, which took place up and down the
NSW coastline earlier in the year.
The 2018 Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles are supported by Havaianas,
Randwick City Council, AirAsia, H2Coco, Toyota, Coastalwatch, Mothernest,
Vissla, Storage King Eastgardens, Souths Juniors, Ohana Ocean Athletics
and Surfing NSW.
1 Dane Henry (Fingal Head)
2 Dembe Ryan (Lennox Head)
3 Nate Hopkins (Norah Head)
4 Xavier Bryce (Mona Vale)
1 California Barrett (Banora Point)
2 Rosie Smart (Sawtell)
3 Zahlia Short (Austinmer)
4 Oceanna Rogers (Shell Cove)
1 Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater)
2 Jimmi Hill (Boat Harbour)
3 Kash Smith (Barrack Point)
4 Jake Feher (Matraville)
1 Quincy Symonds (Tweed Heads)
2 Shyla Short (Austinmer)
3 Ruby Trew (Seaforth)
4 Milla Brown (Newport)