Tye Koolis finishes 2nd at the Rip Curl Gromsearch event

After 4 epic days of competing Tye was the last local left standing come finals time. In fun peaky 3ft waves took on the best of the best in the blue ribbon U/16 Boys final. Harry Phillips from the South coast executed a barrage of backside snaps to open up an early lead locking in an impressive 15.23 two-wave heat total. But Tye didn’t let up throwing everything at him right to the end. Needing an 8.81 with a few minutes to go Tye put it all on the line but could only manage a 7.5 and finishing in 2nd place. A great result for the young kid and for his outstanding surfing through the event was also awarded the most outstanding male competitor of the event. Yeah Tye

After a 9th at Jan Juc a few weeks ago Tye is sitting 4th on the ratings and looks a solid chance of nabbing one of the 10 final spots available in the National Gromsearch Final at Woonoona in Jan 2018.

U16 Boys
1 – Harry Phillips – 15.23
2 – Tye Koolis – 14.2
3 – Finn Hill – 12.66
4 – Ben Duncan – 11.24

Congrats to all other boys that competed in the event.
* Koda Killorn R3 U/14
* Mateus Bersot R3 U/12
* Jake Feher R2 U/12
* Lucas Bersot R1 U/16

All photos courtesy of the legend Glenn Duffus @gd_photos

Gongrats Max McGuigan

Congrats to young Max McGuigan who finishing equal 9th at the Mick Fanning RipCurl Gromsearch Finals at North Narrabeen earlier in the week. His round 2 heat was a high scoring heat and Max missed out on getting through to the quarters by 0.7 of a point.

This week Max joins our boys Monty Tait and Jackson Giles in the WSL Carve Pro Junior at Maroubra Beach. Good luck to Max, Monty Jackson and the rest of the Southend boys competing this weekend.


Tomorrow 12 Jan 2015, Max will be taking on the best U/14 surfers from Oz in the 2015 Mick Fanning Rip Curl GromSearch National final at North Narrabeen. The new look National final will run over 3 days and allow all GromSearch divisions to vie for the title with the top 10 rated surfers in the Boys 16 and under (16’s), 14’s and 12’s divisions, as well as the Girls 16’s division all qualifying for the National final, along with 2 wildcards in each.


The Champions of the 14’s division will be invited to an elite training camp run by Mick Fanning in early February meanwhile the U/16 division Champions will then go on to represent Australia at the International Rip Curl GromSearch final to be held in 2015 as Jackson Giles did in 2014 at the famous Lakey Peak in Sumbawa Indonesia.

First up Max has a tough heat when he takes on No1 seed Mikey McDonagh and Ethan Kelly. Good Luck Max

Boys’ U/14 Round 1:

H1: Mikey Mcdonagh vs Max McGuigan vs Ethan Kelly

H2: Billy Harrison vs Jackson Roberts vs Josh Cattlin

H3: Adam Varvaressos vs Tully Wylie vs Taj Watson

H4: Luke Glover vs Tane Bowden vs Ethan Raper

We will keep you posted on Max’s progress through the day.