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 runner-up spot.

Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater) became the sole Sydney champion at the 2018 Havaianas NSW Grommet State Titles, taking out the Under-12 Boys. Kelleher’s 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 (Boat Harbour).

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.

Competitors 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 year’s supply of Havaianas.

All 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.

Under-14 Boys
1 – Dane Henry (Fingal Head)
2 – Dembe Ryan (Lennox Head)
3 – Nate Hopkins (Norah Head)
4 – Xavier Bryce (Mona Vale)

Under-14 Girls
1 – California Barrett (Banora Point)
2 – Rosie Smart (Sawtell)
3 – Zahlia Short (Austinmer)
4 – Oceanna Rogers (Shell Cove)

Under-12 Boys
1 – Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater)
2 – Jimmi Hill (Boat Harbour)
3 – Kash Smith (Barrack Point)
4 – Jake Feher (Matraville)

Under-12 Girls
1 – Quincy Symonds (Tweed Heads)
2 – Shyla Short (Austinmer)
3 – Ruby Trew (Seaforth)
4 – Milla Brown (Newport)