Rosie shows her smarts at home
SURFING: Local surfer Rosie Smart is using her knowledge of the conditions to advantage in a flying start to the 2019 Billabong Oz Grom Cup at Coffs Harbour.
Rosie demolished her opening round heat on Saturday in the under-14 girls, executing an exciting array of turns on the punchy rip-bowls to notch up a giant 18.6 two-wave heat total.
Cali Barrett, Lilliana Bowery and Zahlia Short all joined Rosie as winners in the under-14 girls opening-round heats.
Currumbin's Matt Boyle was the standout in the opening round of the under-14 boys division and sealed a spot in round three along with Lennix Smith and Mannix Greentree-Squiers.
Wooli's Carly Shanahan was one of the star performers on Sunday, cruising though her heat to advance in the under-16 girls.
Shanahan is in fine touch at the moment, having taken out the under-18 girls and open women's at the recent Barney Miller Classic.
Samuel Lowe, the son of former World Championship Tour surfer Mick Lowe, showed style and grace reminiscent of his father as he attacked the tiny waves in his second under-12 boys heat.
Lowe managed to find a handful of playful pockets in the heat to nail an impressive 7.33 for a mammoth single backhand snap.
The Billabong Oz Grom Cup began on Saturday and wraps up on Wednesday.