Epic conditions for the final day.
Gromfest to finish today, waves are pumping super clean 2 to 4 foot runners.
After getting knocked from the Mr Price Pro in the earlier rounds, Josh Kerr headed to Jbay to catch the tail end of a swell and warm up for the Billabong Pro starting this week.
Sunday July 10 2011, Lennox Head NSW: SOLID 2M (6 Feet) SURF at the Rusty Gromfest at Lennox Head today and Australia and many of the world's best young surfers pushed their limits in a day of high scores and spectacular action.
Early in the day with waves barrelling across the outside banks Sunshine Coast youngster Harry Bryant set the scene for the day by scoring high after he pulled in and negotiated two excellent tube rides.
Bryant scored a 7.5 and an excellent 8 for his comprehensive round three Boy's 16 heat win toadvance to tomorrows quarter finals.
"That was probably the best tube ride I've ever had in a contest" said the 14 year old Sunshine Beach Noosa surfer.
"I've made quarter finals here in the past but I'd love to make the final this year - It's a big event for me and if you can make it to the final you can win so right now my aim is to try and make the final" added Bryant.
Japanese surfers were again impressive with Hiroto Arai and Hiroto both advancing to the quarter finals while others to impress in the Boy's 16's included yesterday's standout Jordan Lawler, local surfer Michael Wright (Lennox Head) and Bodi Smith (Nth Narrabeen).
Twelve and under Boy and Girl divisions were also run today and while some were concerned the larger waves might intimidate these youngsters, their concerns were quickly dispersed as these talented youngsters charged the biggest and best waves they could find.
Tweed surfer Alyssa Locke has dominated this division recently and she had a massive opening heat win while South Coast NSW surfer Billie Melinz (Coalcliff) showed enough to indicate she'll offer a serious challenge during tomorrows finals.
The 16 Girls division also ran today and they had to battle a lot of close out sets as they were forced to surf low tide on the increasing swells with local surfers Kirstin Ogden and Cali McDonagh winning through along with Olivia Wheeler (Tweed Heads), Sophie Bernard (Manly) and Ellie Brooks (Elanora).
One of the most interesting surfers here is high profile Italian Leonardo Fioravanti from Rome. The super talented 13 year old is through to the quarter finals in the 14 Boy's and is regarded as the first Italian surfer to make an impression in the sport of surfing!
"I live in Rome but I travel a lot to surf - There are plenty of surfers in Italy but not many that are any good - I love surfing and this event is well regarded all over the world so I'm hoping to do well here!"
Late in the day the Kerrazy Airshow presented by Nixon was run and won by Jordan Lawler who is having a great event to date.
Lawler pulled a clean air reverse in the final seconds to take the final!
Tomorrow is expected to be the final day of this year's Rusty Gromfest and with excellent conditions and solid swells it should be an epic finish that will see new champions crowned who will join an esteemed list of past Rusty Gromfest Champions that includes surfers like Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore, Julian Wilson, Sally Fitzgibbons, Owen Wright and Tyler Wright.
Here's who's in the Josh Kerr Kerrazy Nixon Airshow, air show final to surf at the end of the day, light onshore wind, perfect for Kerrazy punts yew.
Yep the groms are ripping, the Kerrazy Airshow finals will be on at the end of the day today, groms can win some mad Nixon watches and headphones..
Sunday July 10 2011, Lennox Head NSW: THE 16th ANNUAL Rusty Gromfest is testing the world's best young surfers with some seriously solid 2m plus surf thumping through the Lennox Head beaches.
Offshore winds are seeing plenty of perfect waves coming through and the best will rise to the challenge today with 12 and under Boy's a highlight of the day along with round three of the 16 Boy's, round two of the 14 Boy's and round one of the 16 Girl's.
The day will conclude with the Kerrazy Airshow final presented by Nixon and huge aerial's will be assured!
Yesterday's standout Japanese pair Hiroto Arai and Hiroto O'Hara will both compete in round three of the Boy's 16 today and it will be interesting to see how they deal with these solid swells - they certainly dominated yesterday's opening heats!
After today's Rusty Gromfest day 2, the event will have one day to run to completion and under the expert guidance of contest director Max Perrot, we expect that will happen tomorrow (Monday) although the event can potentially run through to Tuesday