O’Neill’s Reef Doig wins the Billabong Occy Grom Comp in pumping waves at Duranbah

Reef Doig wins the Billabong Occy Grom Comp
Reef Doig
Photo: Surfing Queensland

15 year old O’Neill team rider and Bali based surfer, Reef Doig has emerged victorious in the U/16 Boys division of Occy’s Grom Comp, the 10th annual edition which concluded today in solid two-metre waves at Duranbah on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Doig finished ahead of 80 other hopefuls in the blue-ribbon division of the week-long event, getting the better of local Queensland surfer Ethan Ewing (Stradbroke Is., Qld) in the all-important final.

Doig’s task was made that much easier after Ewing suffered a priority interference call in the early stages of the final, an unfortunate error in judgement that cost him one of his two counting waves.

Doig’s final total of 9.93 points was enough to give the Aussie transplant the most prestigious result of his young surfing career.

“I’m so happy, I came all this way from Bali and I’ve learned so much in this event. All the boys were ripping, Ethan was ripping, and yeah, I’m psyched to get first in such a big, international event, it’s my best result by far,” said Doig.

“Even with the interference I didn’t think I had it, Ethan’s such a great surfer and he knows the spot here at Duranbah. At one point I still needed to score a 2.0 pointer and I was struggling. Ethan was staying close, but I ended up getting a small wave and getting the score. So stoked to win,” said Doig. With the seconds ticking away, Ewing still had a mathematical chance to register the required score with just one ride, so after a day of incredible waves many in the crowd watched in anticipation of a fairytale finish – but it wasn’t to be.

“We’re super stoked with Reef’s result” says O’Neill Indonesia’s Tai ‘Buddha’ Graham. “Reef’s been winning a lot of events here in Bali lately. Its been against the local Indonesian and expat kids, which is at a great level now – but the true test was always going to be proving himself in Australia. It’s been at the forefront with Grommet and Junior competitions for a long time now. So for Reef to get on top over there will install a lot of confidence into him. He trained the house down both in the water and at the newly opened Modern Movement surf specific training studio before he left Bali, so it’s good to see all that hard work pay off. He’s definitely made the Bali community proud, especially amongst the kids!” Graham adds.

“The standard has been extreme,” said event host Mark “Occy” Occhilupo. “All the groms have been ripping and the conditions have been epic.” A non-stop one-to-two metre swell thumped relentlessly from the south-east over the five day competition window providing competitors with excellent and often challenging conditions.

Doig will now prepare for the up coming Skull Candy gromfest in Lennox head which starts 4th – 9th of July.

SOURCE: Billabong