The Sandend Grom Comp took place on Saturday the 21st of October at Sandend Beach. The SSF sanctioned event, in conjunction with Moray Firth Surf Riders and Moray Coast Surf Club, was blessed with fantastic surfing conditions and even good weather. The best groms in Scotland travelled from all over the country to be at the contest. The SSF, MFSR & MCSC would like to thank Suds Surf School and New Wave Surf School for sponsoring the event.
There was a great turnout for all divisions and in the U18 Boys competitors had to make it through 2 rounds before the final but it would be the standouts who would progress all the way. Elliot Young has had a growth spurt but he looked solid and the judges rewarded his power throughout the day as he posted good scores in each round, but it would be the flair of Tiree’s Ben Larg that would impress the judges most to take the win. Ben Kobedza was another standout at only 9years old is one to watch for the future – Ben did have a very exciting and interesting semi final however where he required a 1.6 to progress ahead of Edward Greenwood in the dying minutes. Kobedza dropped in on Larg getting himself an interference but the wave gave Kobedza the backup score he needed even when halved due to the interference and he progressed into the final by the skin of his teeth. U12 Finn Askew also did well to make it to the U18 Boys Final.
Both Kobedza and Askew would take 1st and 2nd places respectively in the U12 Boys
Live scores were announced for the finals of all the divisions making informing competitors of their requirements and keeping spectators informed making it an exciting day on the beach. Some of Scotland’s best adult surfers were also sat on the judging panel who were thoroughly impressed with the standard of the juniors coming through particularly in the girls divisions;
Robyn Larg posted one of the only excellent scores (the other went to brother Ben in U18 Boys) by holding her line along a beautiful righthander with the intention to get covered up. Robyn exited the barrel cleanly and continued to trim along the wave to cheers from the beach. Robyn continued to choose the best waves in the final of the U18 girls too but would be outscored by standout Emma Swanson for the radical changes in direction Emma was performing on the waves she picked. Robyn would get a win in the U12 girls to soften the blow of a runner up spot in the U18 Girls.
Thanks to everyone who helped out at the event including; George Watt, Craig Sutherland, Kerry Peace, Mark Boyd, Jonny Ewart, Jamie Marshall, Allyn Harper, Hannah Harper. Apologies to anyone who has been missed – thanks to you too 😉