Precocious young talent Will Bailey from Woolacombe notched up an outstanding ten point heat score at the Rip Curl GromSearch held at Rest Bay, South Wales this weekend. With nearly 50 kids rocking up to take part, the level of riding was outstanding, as competitors took on the 2-3ft swell. Among those present was Tom Horn from Porthcawl, the youngest lad in the comp at just six years of age, and nine year old Elis Richards, from Mumbles, Swansea.

The strong English contingent took it home in all categories, following a fierce day’s surfing, lasting nine hours. Will Bailey stood out among the crowd after tearing it up in his heat, drawing the attention of those present, and raising a few eyebrows in the process. The kid is one to watch for sure.

The top Welsh finishers, David Williams and Mali James, both from Swansea, surfing in their respective Under 16 categories, won an all expenses paid trip to the UK finals at Godrevey in Cornwall on the 20 and 21 June. They’ll be taking on the best the English and Irish have to offer.

Results as follows:

U16 Boys

1st Zac Lawton 2nd Sam Harewood 3rd Dave Williams ( REGIONAL WINNER ) 4th Patrick Danial

U16 Girls

1st Lucy Campbell 2nd Laura Crane 3rd Harriet Knight 4th Mali James (REGIONAL WINNER)

U14 Boys 1st Sam Harewood 2nd Patrick Danial 3rd Alex Gibson 4th Liam Murray Strout

U14 Girls 1st Laura Crane 2nd Lucy Campbell 3rd Flora Lawton 4th Peony Knight

U12 Boys 1st Alex Gibson 2nd Will Bailey 3rd Liam Murray Strout 4th Max Payne

U12 Girls 1st Peony Knight 2nd Flora Lawton 3rd Millie Lawton 4th Elis Richards