Suffolk surfers soar at Rusty Gromfest
Suffolk Park surfers Soli Bailey and Kirsten Ogden have added their names to one of surfing's greatest honour rolls by taking out the 16-years-and-under boy and girl divisions of the 2010 Rusty Gromfest at Lennox Head.
On an excellent final day with clean offshore winds and quality waves to 1.5m (3 to 4 feet), the two saved their best performances for the final and both scored excellent to outstanding rides to nail their victories.
Bailey set up his win in the final with an excellent 8.75 opening ride and shortly after backed that ride up with another excellent 8.45 to win the final on a tally of 17.20 to defeat Cronulla surfer Zac Scott on 15.50, with Cooper Chapman (Sydney north) in third and Joshua Hay (Central Coast NSW) in fourth.
“That was a fantastic final – all surfers were ripping and I knew to win I'd need two excellent rides in the final,” Soli said.
“That was what I was chasing and it worked perfectly. Two Suffolk victories is awesome. We're both stoked.”
Kirsten Ogden sealed her win very late in the final when she posted an outstanding 9.00 point ride to defeat Brodie Doyle (Gold Coast), with Nikki Van Dyke (Phillip Island) in third and India Payne (Phillip Island) in fourth.
“This is the biggest win for me,” she said.
“This event is so big and always gets the best surfers and to win is amazing and two Suffolk Park surfers winning is just sick.
“I can't believe it. Great for the Byron area.”