Grom series draws 45 young surfers


The South Coast Boardriders Association had a busy weekend, hosting the second round of the South Island Grom Series on Saturday and a surf fun day on Sunday.
Association president Duan Reardon was pleased with how the events went.
“It was a perfect weekend for us.”
Forty-five surfers competed in the grom series in three age grades _ under-12, under-14 and under-17.
Dunedin surfers Elliott Brown (16) and Jack McLeod (16) cleaned up the under-17 boys’ grade, coming first and second respectively.
Reardon said while there was good competition across the grades, the under-17 boys’ grade had the most surfers.
A new generation of surfers was getting involved in the sport, most of them following their parents, he said.
“All the dads have got their kids surfing. Or the mums.”
Reardon was happy there was good weather during the competition.
“It was just perfect conditions. We could not ask for a better day.”
The good weather held on long enough for the fun day on Sunday, which was well supported.
“It was chocker. We had like 30-plus kids turn up just because it was a nice morning.”
The first round of the grom series was held in Westport in December and the third and final round will be held in Christchurch in March.