Some of the best junior surfers from around Geraldton and the State hit waves at Heabutts beach as surf clubs competed at the 2023 Frothin Fools Grom Fest. Over two days groms from under-8s to 18s competed for individual success with WA and national junior ranking points on the line while surf clubs battled for supremacy. Points were on offer for top four finishers with Geraldton and Trigg the two standouts of the competition having more points than the other seven clubs combined. But it was the home club who took top honours with 28 points just ending out Trigg who finished on 26 despite claiming the most individual tiles of the meet. Yallingyup, Surf Beach and Mandurah ended in a three-way tie for third taking home 12 points each. The calibre of competition on display could not be understated with several top prospects for this year’s junior titles in action including Trigg’s brother-sister duo Jesse and Indie Siedmiogrodzki, Geraldton star Edel Rodden and current topped ranked under 14 competitor Neco Higgins. It was only the second point-worthy event after Taj’s Small Fries back in January while it was the first chance for competitors under 10 to pick up points. In the top under-18 division, Jesse Siedmiogrodzki took out the boy’s final with a 15.50 after posting a massive 8.17 on his first wave before backing it up with a 7.33 in a dominant display ahead of fellow club man Travis Barkhuizen. Geraldton dominated the girls’ draw getting three through to the final, however, Trigg’s Coco Laurie almost stole the show before Saskia Newman pulled out a 6.17 on her final wave to steal the title. Rodden had a torrid final with two scores cancelled out and an interference call leaving her in third though she did achieve the highest individual wave score in the division with a 7.00 in heat one. In the under-16 boys Geraldton’s Kerby Morris took the final with a 7.50 on his final wave to beat Leon Plummer and complete a perfect weekend having won all his heats. Indie Siedmiogrodzki took the girls under-16 final in a tight battle with Rodden with a 14.06 as Rodden’s final wave of 6.10 was not enough to bridge the gap as she settle for second. The boys under-14 was a non-contest with Triggs Tom Nicol smashing the final with a 14.84 including an 8.17 on wave six while Surf Beach’s Harleia Loose also had a big win in the girls with a 10.33. Jaxon Robertson smashed the under-12s division with scores over 12 throughout the whole weekend as Lylah Loose backed up Harleia’s win in the under-12s Bryseen Gee took the under-10 boys final with a 15.00 with Luna Thomas edging out Lacey Davies in the girls’ 13.10 to 11.74. Gee was also the under-8 mixed champion with 16.83 the biggest score of the weekend with two waves over 8.