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Congratulations to Luke Wrice winning the Occy's Grom Comp U'14 boys, posting a combined two-wave heat total of 14.66 points
Wrice defeated Shaun Manners (Margaret River, WA – 13.60) with the lead changing several times throughout the 25 minute decider.
It was Wrice in the end who held his cool taking the lead in the final 2 minutes to come away with the win.

The 4 day event was held at Duranbah in excellent 3-5' rippable waves.
Surfers travelled far & wide from within Australia along with international contingent of surfers from South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Tahiti and Japan.

Special mention to Kyen Stewart & Keanu Miller who competed admirably and surfed well in the event.

The Sandon combatants were strongly supported by Luke Soulous and Tom Wrice plus carving up the free surfing on offer.

Luke Wrice



Sandon Point Boardriders/Thirroul Seaside Arts Festival Gromfest

The inagural Sandon Point Boardriders/Thirroul Seaside and Arts Frestival Gromfest comp went off with frothing grommets crowding out the south end of Thirroul from the crack of dawn, amped for the chance to compete against each other, some for the first time, some already seasoned competitors despite their age and stature.

The quality of surfing was high from the first heat of the day a solid under 16's lineup that saw Jacob Hooker close with a 7.5, destroying a long right with five massive turns to beat an in-form Luke Wrice, who seemed to be in almost every heat the whole day! Standouts from the under 16's included Conor Tapsel, Kane Richardson, Chad Hobby, with Jordy Fowler giving an all-time performance and showing the younger ones how to do it right.

The under 14's followed next in the glassy 3-4ft conditions, which seemed to get bigger the younger the divisions got. Though Luke Wrice was leading strong from the start he had some strong competition coming on all sides with Kyen Stewart, Luke Solous and Tommy Dryden all showing they were in it to win, but it was Chad Hobby, at the very top of the age division, who went to town throughout the under 14's heats, displaying some of the surfing that's had him making the open finals at Boardriders.

By the time the under 12's hit the water the swell had actually risen and some closeout sets were hitting the sandbank without much water to buffer. Daunted by the double-overhead sets they were not however and Kyen Stewart and Luke Wrice once again led the charge against strong surfing from Jasper Bartlett, Jake Wallner and the pumped girl duo of Kate Dryden and Kiara Meredith, who turned right back around and charged the girls division along with Bree Fox, Imogen Sargeson and Sienna Stewart.

As it progressed to the finals, the wind started coming up a little onshore and the banks really started to dredge. It hardly slowed the groms down though and they surfed impressively right through. Jacob Hooker took out the main event of the under 16's, winning a huge coaching package with Matty Griggs, as well as entry into the Rusty Gromfest, with Chad Hobby winning the under 14's, Luke Wrice the under 12's and Kate Dryden the girls.

It was a great kick-off to what we hope to be an annual event, with the sun shining and families hanging around the beach admiring the Seaside Festival's sculptures, along with the charging grommets. While some of the upper-age divisions continued, parents hopped in the water with the under-10 division to show what the future's going to hold. It was awesome watching them cranking through the inside with cheers and support coming from all over the place.

A huge thanks goes to Jason Gava who brought it all together and has put so much time into the younger grommets and the development of their surfing. Also the Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival, Gromz, Byrne, Buckshot Wax, Clarrie and, and the many SPB members who helped pull it off. Here's to an even better one next year!

The Results of the 4 age categories were;

1st Luke Wrice, 2nd Jake Wallner, 3rd Kyen Stewart, 4th Jasper Bartlett, 5th Kate Dryden.
1st Kate Dryden, 2nd Kiara Meredith, 3rd Bree Fox, 4th Imogen Sargeson, 5th Sienna Stewart
1st Chad Hobby, 2nd Luke Wrice, 3rd Luke Solous, 4th Kyen Stewart, 5th Dylan Rodgers, 6th Tom Dryden
1st Jacob Hooker, 2nd Conor Tapsel, 3rd Luke Wrice, 4th Jordy Fowler,5th Kane Richardson, 6th Chad Hobby

Could the winers and runners up from each of the categories get in touch with me to sort out which one of my images they want printed up. These do not have to be taken from images from the Gromfest Comp Day but can be selected from any image I have taken at any time.

Click HERE for images of the surfing.

Click HERE for images of the presentation of awards.

Click HERE for a short video. I only took a few minutes of footage.


Rod Fisher Memorial Trophy is yet again safely in the hands of the Sandon Point Boardriders Club.

SANDON POINT BOARDRIDERS takes out the 30/10 Comp held on Sunday 12th March 2011.
For the third year in a row SPB took out the 30/10 Interclub Boardriders comp, beating out Scarborough, East Corrimal and Woonona (in that order), with a much larger margin than last year's margin of 2 points.

As the previous year's winner hosts the comp, everyone converged on Sandon Point at 7am to discover a very small east swell. Thankfully Woonona was picking up a bit more size, and to the beach's north corner it was moved. We started out well with the first U/16's heat convincingly won by Jacob Hooker and Kane Richardson surfing well to place runner up in the second. Next up in the U/18's Nick Peatman used the skills he's been perfecting all summer in small, sucky waves to smash his heat, before Eden Roscoe also surfed great to just barely be pipped by Scarborough surfer, Kieren Anderson.

Through the open, O/28's, O/35's, 45+ and girls we were represented well by Jack Hobbs, Ryan Brooks, Karl Lavis and Gabby Hooker, with Andrew Johnson taking back a solid win from Scarborough's Brett Davis in their fierce rivalry in the 'Living Legends' 45+, and Josh Watt, Scott Winch and Aaron Hughes each solidifying runner-up points to give an overall score of 82 points, leaving us in second place behind Scarborough heading into the presidents heat and the tag.

The Boardriders presidents heat is always fiercely contested and Gav was psyched for a win. Unfortunately the hometown and shifty conditions favoured Woonona's (much younger) president, Joel Dawson, who took out the heat despite Gav and East Corrimal president Mick van Opstal's solid small wave skills.

Sandon has a good reputation in the tag, which is key to the overall win, being worth 3 times an individual heat, and this year proved no different. Starting out with the unstoppable Spooner brothers it was always going to be difficult for the other teams to keep up. Phil Watt Jr. backed them up next, stepping it all up a notch, before Scott Geary and Dane Henderson brought it home for SPB, leaving us with an impressive 118 points, 10 ahead of Scarborough and 20 ahead of Woonona in last place and placing in our possession yet again the coveted Rod Fisher Memorial Trophy!

A great time was had by all and the camaraderie amongst all the clubs, despite the rivalries, was more solid than ever with a great atmosphere on the beach all day. WABA (Wollongong Area) was noticeably absent and certainly missed this year and we hope to see them back next year when Sandon hosts once more.

A special note of thanks to Jim Hobbs, Steve Hooker and anyone else who helped on the set up and barbie in the sweltering heat, away from the beach, it's because of troopers like you that our club is so strong! Also, thanks to Jason Gava and Mick van Opstal for putting the comp together year after year and the Fisher family whose husband and father we commemorate each year.

Sunday 14th March. 30-10 Interclub Competition

Well done everyone involved with Sandon Point boardriders winning the 30/10 comp last Sun held at Thirroul beach.
It turned out to be a very close affair with only 2 points seperating us and Scarborough. Congats to our heat winners in Andrew Johnson in the O/45's, Jascob Hooker U/16's, and Jamie Maguire in the O/28's, and of course our gun tag team of Phil Watt jnr, Jake Spooner, Jez Smith, Matt Corban and Chris Demito.
We were well behind going into the tag team event and with the tag being worth 3 times the amount of an individual heat win it was essential for us to win the tag to win the over all event and claim the coverted Rod Fisher memorial trophy for the second year running.
The boys performed and as they say the rest is history.
Luke Nolan for East Corrimal boardriders suffered a neck injury that really scared eveyone present, having to be placed in a neck brace and being taken away by ambulance.
Luckily for everyone it turned out to be a soft tissue injury to his neck and no permanent damage was done. We wish Luke all the best on the road to recovery.
A big thank you to our number 1 team manager in Chris Demito and everyone who gave a hand judging and cheering the boys on. Clarrie has some shots up on his site, and we are in the process of having a web page linked to his site.
Cheers Jason Gava
ps MICRO GROMS this Sat March 20 meeting at 9am at Sandon Point car park Anyone who can lend a hand it would be greatly appreciated as we are expecting a big turn out.

2010 Club Champion.... Phil Watt Jnr.

2010 Presentation. This years presentation was held down the Point in the afternoon. Great weather and organisation ensured it was a great afternoon.

Final Pointscore Totals for 2010 are available HERE

Images are available HERE

Major Award Winners are;

Major Award Winners

Best Barrel ... Rob Hatton

Best Wipeout .... Aaron Hughes

Most Improved ... Jacob Hooker

Hardman ... Luke Wrice

Clubman of the Year ... Jack Hobbs

Club Champ ... Phil Watt Jnr

Nominated Life Member ... Paul "Jinxy" Jones

Winner of the Boat Trip and Flight ... Jason Gava

President's Award ... Chris Demito

Winner of the O. W. Surfboard .. Kristie Watt


30th SPB Reunion was held at the Bulli Heritage Hotel. Life Members were given momentos as a sign of their much valued long term committment and contribution to the Club. I know everyone who was there had a fantastic time. Cheers to Club President Jason Gava for organising such a wonderful function.

More Images are available HERE


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