Many of the best 16 and under surfers in the world look set to enjoy great waves at this week's 16th annual Rusty Gromfest. With a powerful southerly swell moving up the coast and clean offshore classic winter conditions along the surf rich region of NSW’s far north coast, the Lennox Head region should be firing right through the contest window period which begins this Friday and can potentially extend right through to Tuesday.
The field includes Australia’s very best boy and girl grom’s (16 year's and under) along with a number of outstanding international youngsters who will test their skills at what is a world renowned annual gathering. All youngsters chase the Rusty Gromfest title because this the original and best and boasts an honour roll of winners like no other event! Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson are a small sample of Rusty Gromfest champions and those who win a division in the coming week will be joining an esteemed group and may well be on a pathway to a successful professional career. Just a few of the obvious surfers to watch include Eli Steele (Qld), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Massin O’Neill (Tahiti), Leonardo Fioravanti (Italy), Michael Wright (Lennox Head), Kirstin Ogden (Byron Bay) and Karelle Poppke (Tahiti) but the reality is that unknown youngsters emerge at the Rusty and it’s exciting to see these new talents appear.
The Rusty Gromfest will begin first thing Friday morning when competitors and official meet at Lennox Head beach. Last years Kerrazy Airshow was an exciting new initiative included in the Rusty and it’s on again with these super talented youngsters displaying futuristic aerial moves. Anticipation for an epic event is high!