Mitchell Peterson of Noosa in wining action at last year's state titles. ALL PHOTOS: Ben Stagg Surfing Queensland.
Mitchell Peterson of Noosa in wining action at last year's state titles. ALL PHOTOS: Ben Stagg Surfing Queensland.

Local groms ready to rip in as serious surfing is back

Noosa’s young gun surfers will be leading the charge with a home break advantage as more than 50 grommets go head-to-head this weekend in a return of competitive surfing.

Surfers like last year’s Under 12 boys champion Mitchell Peterson will be ready to rip in at the 2020 Woolworths Queensland State Grommet Surfing Titles this weekend.

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Oli Taylor carving it up on her way to a state win.
Oli Taylor carving it up on her way to a state win.

Noosa Grom itching to carve up the state titles

According to Surfing Queensland, the series is the pathway for a spot in the Queensland State Team set to compete at the 2020 Australian Junior Surfing Titles doe the Under 14 division hopefuls.

The Under 12 division will not be competing at the national titles.

And with the surf forecast offering a strong southerly swell lingering into the weekend, the scene is set for Peterson to excel.

Peterson is stepping up to the Under 14 boys division this year and is keen to get his campaign underway.

“It’s good to be doing competitions again, I can see how my heat strategies are going and how everybody else is surfing,” he said.

Mitchell Peterson is ready to take on all comers in the Under 14s.
Mitchell Peterson is ready to take on all comers in the Under 14s.

“Last year was really good, we had to move locations to find a better spot and there was a fun left-hander.

“I made it all the way through to a close final – I caught a wave in the last 20 seconds and managed to get the win.”

Last year’s Under 12 girls champion Oli Taylor of Peregian Beach is another talented local stepping up to the Under 14 division this year.

“Winning last year was an awesome experience,” she said.

“It gave me more confidence in the water, and introduced me to new people.

“It’s been a long break, and whilst I have enjoyed the time and chance to train harder and harder during this quiet time, I really do miss the competition side of surfing.”

Oli Taylor is ready to rip in again on the Coast.
Oli Taylor is ready to rip in again on the Coast.

Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates said the past few months have been a difficult time for the competitive surfers of Queensland.

“We’re excited to launch back into the event season with the Woolworths Queensland State Grommet Surfing Titles,” he said.

“We know the grommet surfers of Queensland have been itching to get their competition rash shirt back on after a quiet few months, and we can’t wait to crown champions this weekend.”

Spectators/competitors are encouraged to call the Surfing Queensland event hotline on 3030 6388 from 6.30am the day of the event for a confirmed location and start time.