THE GromSearch National Finals may have been held on the south coast but it was dominated by Port Stephens Surfer Mike Clayton Brown.
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The final of the event was held at Woonona Beach in Woolongong on Thursday, 16 January 2020 and the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final saw six new national champions crowned.
Ethan Smith of Surfing New South Wales told News Of The Area, “In the 16-and-Under Boys, Mike Clayton-Brown followed the same pattern that saw him win the 14-and-Under Boys division back in 2017.”
This is a great result for the Port Stephens surfer.
The Port Stephens natural-footer went toe-to-toe and blow-for-blow, with fellow natural footer Marlon Harrison (Coolangatta, Qld) in the exciting final with both surfers trading off a bunch of decent scores, however, Clayton-Brown was able to gain the upper hand thanks to a handful of scores in the high seven-point range.
As a result, Clayton-Brown cemented his position as winner of the Rip Curl GromSearch Final.
The main base for the National Final of the Rip Curl GromSearch was Woonoona and Sandon Point with backup locations of Bellambi, Port Kembla and Thirroul.
The list of previous GromSearch winners illustrates the significant history of the series, with World Surf League (WSL) competitors Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Tyler Wright (Australia), Owen Wright (Australia), Matt Wilkinson (Australia), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Kolohe Andino (USA) and Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia) among the list of former competitors and GromSearch International Final Champions.
The Australian series allows surfers from around the country to compete against their contemporaries in a fun and engaging environment. Each result in the four-event series is awarded points that count towards a surfer’s GromSearch National ranking, giving participants across the country the opportunity to compare their performances against their peers.
The series started in September and was held at Jan Juc, Newcastle, Yorke Peninsula, Sunshine Coast and at Woonana where Clayton Brown cemented his place as victor.
By Marian SAMPSON