ON A ROLL: Mikey McDonagh on his way to winning his age division at the Occy Grom competition last week. The Lennox lad is now in the quarter-finals of the under-14 boys at the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open.
ON A ROLL: Mikey McDonagh on his way to winning his age division at the Occy Grom competition last week. The Lennox lad is now in the quarter-finals of the under-14 boys at the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open. Dev Lahey/Surfing Queensland

Mikey makes it into Oz Grom U14 quarter-finals

LENNOX Head surfer Mikey McDonagh has continued his impressive form at the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in Lennox Head this week.

McDonagh has advanced to the quarter-finals of the under-14 boys as the fourth day of competition concluded yesterday.

He usually performs well in the annual event and also won his age division at the Occy Grom competition at Duranbah last week.

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Nyxie Ryan won the under-12 girls at the Occy Grom and is also backing up at her home event this week.

The under-12s were last in the water yesterday with the second round heats running late into the afternoon.

Lennox Head's Jack O'Brien won his heat with a 10.3 (out of a possible 20).

Byron Bay surfer Kyass King has also been a standout.

He has qualified for the quarter-finals of the under-20 pro junior division.

The 15-year-old finished second behind New Zealand surfer Elliot Paerata-Reid in his fourth round heat with a score of 14.84.

King has also qualified for the quarter-finals of the under-16 boys.

Lennox Head's Zac Wightman again made light work of the tricky conditions claiming a win in round three as well as a runner-up finish in round four of the under-20s.

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Wightman linked together a chain of powerful moves, which catapulted him into a quarter-final berth.

He will face off with Coolangatta surfer and 2013 event winner Mitchell Parkinson when the event resumes today.

"I knew I couldn't waste any time out there as there weren't too many waves coming through," Wightman said.

"The other guys in my heats didn't need big scores to get through, so I made sure I kept my eyes on them to ensure they didn't steal my position from me."

Competition starts at 7am with the call for the day's schedule confirmed on the event hotline.

The six-day competition involves more than 300 surfers in under-12, 14 and 16 divisions as well as the World Surf League division.



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