Bede’s Fox Grom Shootout
Fox team rider Bede Durbidge is set to host “Bede’s Fox Grom Shootout” at Point Lookout, North Stradborke Island, Queensland this weekend.
Durbidge was bred and raised on ‘North Straddie’ and cut his competitive teeth in the Island’s powerful waves as a member of the Point Lookout Boardriders Club.
Currently contesting his ninth consecutive year as an elite world tour surfer, the world no.9 ranked surfer is taking advantage of the World Championship Tour (WCT) break to host the inaugural event.
“It’s great to give back to the Community I grew up in at Point Lookout,” said Durbidge.
“It’s just such a big surfing family over there and to go back and have a contest for all the kids is just great for me. I’m at that stage of my career now where I want to give back and set up some stepping stones for kids to achieve their dreams like I have.”
The Island’s support of Durbidge’s was never more apparent than when he returned to his large extended family after winning the 2007 Hawaiian Triple Crown of Surfing – the most prestigious trophy within the World Championship Tour – and the entire town of Point Lookout turned out to celebrate.
This weekends fun-filled but highly contested event will see five divisions staged of U/8 Boys, U/10 Girls, U/12 Boys, U/16 Girls and U/16 Boys.
“Most the locals have entered, all the kids in the Boardriders are in,” said Durbidge.
“But there is going to be a lot of kids competing from interstate as well, around 90 or so coming from Victoria, NSW, Sydney and from all over Queensland, so it is going to be tough for the young kids from the island but we will see how we go.”
One of Islands fastest rising stars, U/16’s Queensland champion Ethan Ewing is expected to be amongst the finalists but admits there will be a lot of competition especially from the locals.
“The talent from North Straddie is great, but there will also be a lot of good surfers coming from everywhere,” said Ewing.
Fourteen year-old Ewing, who gets to hang out and surf with Durbidge, said all locals are looking forward to the competition.
“All the kids are really happy Bede is having the event. We watch him surfing heaps when he is competing. Bede is a hero to everyone on Straddie.”
Durbidge said Ewing has the ability to win.
“Ethan is one of the top seeds in the contest.
“He won the state title and will be one of the favourites, but in saying that, there is going to be a lot of good kids competing.”
Durbidge has commenced his 2013 WCT season with a 5th and a 13th in the opening two events and will compete in Brazil next month when the tour resumes.
“The start of the season has been really good for me. I had a strong result on the Gold Coast, I made the quarter finals and just got beaten by Kelly (Slater) so I was happy with that,” said Durbidge.
“Bells Beach didn’t go quite my way but I feel like I’m surfing the best I have been on tour. So everything is positive going into Brazil,” added Durbidge.
Bede’s Fox Grom Shoot Out is designed so all surfers entered will get to surf twice, allowing the Groms a second chance. The U/8/s division will see parents also get amongst it, by helping to push the kids onto the waves.
The two-day event will be staged over the weekend of April 20th – 21st, with competitors meeting at Point Lookout at 7am Saturday morning.
Over $2,500 in total prizes to be won. In addition, all competitors will receive a competition bag including a T-shirt and heaps of goodies.
Entries for the Fox Grom Shoot Out are now closed however we encourage everyone to head down to Point Lookout this weekend to check out the future of Australian surfing.
Bede’s Fox Grom Shoot Out is presented & supported by Fox, Rockstar, Mt Woodgee, Fiik Skateboards, Oam and Big Red Cat.