Nyxie Ryan

EVENT: Lennox Head Lights Up For Girls With World Junior Points Accumulation Coming To A Head & Groms Excel


The New South Wales North Coast has had a massive couple of weeks of surfing with two big grom comps went back-to-back. The Skullcandy Oz Grom Open is always a major drawcard for the top surfers in the Country, and a good chance for surfers from southern NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the South West to get some warm weather and waves.

This action-packed week not only hosted the super groms event but was also a crucial stop as part of the World Surf League’s Pro Junior Series. The points accrued at each even can give the top junior surfers the chance to compete in the World Junior Championships and be crowned with a World Junior Title.

Nyxie Ryan from Lennox Head has been going from strength-to-strength over the last three years and today took out her first Pro Junior event in front of a very stoked local crowd, including that of her own boardriders club, family and friends.

“This is one of the best results I’ve had,” said Nyxie. “My goal was to just make the final, so to go one step further and win feels amazing. Having the support of Le-Ba Boardriders here made the win so much more special. I’ve only done a few Pro Juniors this year and I’m heading down to Cronulla for the final event of the year, so it would be nice to get another decent result down there.”

Nyxie’s neighbour and veteran Pro Junior competitor at just 15 years old, Zahli Kelly came in just behind Nyxie in a stacked final with Alyssa Lock and Molly Picklum as well. Zahli has had a number of incredible results over the last couple of years, including qualification for the World Juniors at Kiama this year which was won by Tahiti’s Vahinne Ferrier.

Zahli is pushing women’s surfing in all kinds of dynamic and progressive directions. Check out her trip to Lakey Peak where she nailed more air reverses than you’ve ever seen.

“I’m pretty happy with this result,” said Zahli. “I’m not 100%, but I think making the final means that I may have locked in a spot into the 2018 World Junior Championship as well, which was my main goal.”

In the 16 girls division, Nyxie Ryan tried to back up her results with two wins, but it was Summa Longbottom’s turn to take the podium ahead of Molly Picklum and Raya Campbell.

Congratulations to all the girls and everyone who took part in this massive festival of super grom surfing. Our sport is in incredibly talented and inspiring hands.


1 – Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW)
2 – Zahli Kelly (Cabarita, NSW)
3 – Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW)
4 – Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW)

16-and-Under Girls

1 – Summa Longbottom (Kirra, Qld)
2 – Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW)
3 – Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW)
4 – Raya Campbell (Coolangatta, Qld)

14-and-Under Girls

1 – Jazz Wylie (Jan Juc, Vic)
2 – Imogen Elliot (Port Noarlunga, SA)
3 – Cali Barrett (Banora Point, NSW)
4 – Astrid Osborn (Bilgola, NSW)

12-and-Under Girls

1 – Ocea Curtis (Lennox Head, NSW)
2 – Tyla Hurst (Port Kembla, NSW)
3 – Stella Green (Buddina, Qld)
4 – Jahly Stokes (Buddina, Qld)

Bella Wilson, Photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Carly Shanahan, Photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Jazz Wylie, Photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Saffi Vette from NZ, Photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Raya Campbell, Photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Ocea Curtis, Photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Nyxie Ryan

Nyxie Ryan, Photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

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