Redhead’s Phoenix Visscher made a strong start in the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp series presented by Wahu when he won the under-10 boys’ division in sizeable conditions at Collaroy on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on September 9.
The Redhead goofy-footer surfed well beyond his years travelling unbeaten through the competition on his way to championship glory.
He expertly linked together a chain of technical turns to claim the division win ahead of Northern Beaches surfer Ben Zanatta Creagh.
Bronte’s Joe Hatton was third and Merewether’s Ocean Lancaster fourth.
Merewether’s Charlie Burns placed third in the under-12 girls’ division.
Manning Gregory, also from Merewether, was fourth in the under-12 boys’ division.
The competition is regarded as one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers and forms part of a 10-event series which caters for surfers from under eight to under 14.
As an added bonus, the winners of the under-14 boys’ and girls’ divisions from each event are invited to attend an all-expenses paid, three-day Woolworths Surf Camp at the Hurley Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre at Casuarina Beach .
Almost 800 grommets are set to take part in the 2017/18 event series.
Previous champions include Matt Banting, Jacob Willcox, Luke Hynd, Eli Steele, Kai Hing, Chris Zaffis, Quinn Bruce, Ellie-Jean Coffey, Macy Callaghan, Isabella Nichols, Holly Wawn and Laura Poncini.
The next series event will be staged at Cronulla on October 14 and 15.