Articles tagged with "Cooper Chapman"

Pic from Tim Bonython

Posted by: on January 14th, 2011

Tim’s been shooting the groms busting their moves up at Northy today while the contest is having a lay day.


Posted by: on January 20th, 2009


Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW) was the star of the show today.

Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW) was the star of the show today.



Cronulla, NSW — The final instalment of the Rip Curl GromSearch Series presented by SNICKERS, was run and won today.

Having seen 140 of the best, 16 years and under, surfers in the country congregate at Cronulla over the past four days, today saw the crowning of four new Rip Curl GromSearch champions.

Heralding his sparkling rise to form was Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW), who took out the 14 years and under division in style.

“I’m so stoked,” said the current 16 years and under Australian champion.

“I knew that it was going to be such a hard final to win,” he said after defeating Noa Deane (Coolangatta, QLD), Tyler Hutchinson (North Narrabeen, NSW) and Zac Scott (Maroubra, NSW).

With level of junior surfing being pushed beyond recognition, over the past few days, Chapman knew it would take something special to take the crown.

“I was really nervous having seen all the guys ripping throughout the contest – I knew that I had to get big scores to take it out,” Chapman admitted.

And that he did.

Racking up a massive 16.33 (out of a possible 20), which included a near-flawless 9.5 (out of a possible 10), Chapman was always going to be hard to beat.

In the 14 years and under girls division it was Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island, VIC) who continued to excellent run of form at Cronulla.

Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island, VIC) added another Rip Curl GromSearch win to her bow.

Nikki Van Dijk (Phillip Island, VIC) added another Rip Curl GromSearch win to her bow.

“I’m really happy to have finished the event off with a strong performance – to get the win is a bonus,” she said.

However, she did not have it all her own way.

Within the opening minute Fiona Casey (South West Rocks, NSW) put Van Dijk, Lauren McAleer (North Curl Curl, NSW) and Holly-Sue Coffey (Narrabeen, NSW), under the pump – racking up a perfect 10 just after the opening hooter.

“I knew I had to be on my game after that,” Van Dijk said.

“I tried not to think about it too much and just surf within myself.”

Having finished second in the premier division, 16 years and under, Van Dijk was unstoppable – winning her third Rip Curl GromSearch event for the Series.

“I like surfing against the older girls as it forces me to improve my surfing, she admitted.

“Coming to Sydney for the first time was awesome for me – it’s always good to know what’s going on in the other states.”

Michael Wright (Culburra, NSW) took out the 12 years and under division in one most scintillating 20-minute heats of the event.

Pitted against fellow prodigy Jack Germain (Port Macquarie, NSW), who racked up a perfect 10-point ride in the semi-final, Wright put on a show for the spectators accumulating 16.00 (out of a possible 20).

Ripping apart the one-metre conditions at the famed Sydney beach break, Wright, Germain, Luke Hynd (Newport, NSW) and Fraser Dovell (Avalon, NSW) provided a window into the future of Australian professional surfing.

Following in the footsteps of 16 years and under champion, and fellow Cronulla local, Cronulla girl Veronica Charles took out the 12 years and under division in front of a euphoric local crowd.

Defeating Holly Wawn (Newport, NSW), Holly-Sue Coffey (Narrabeen, NSW) and Cali McDonough (North Curl Curl, NSW), Charles was all smiles after being crowned state champion in the GromSearch Series presented by SNICKERS.

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Posted by: on December 27th, 2008


Matt Banting (Port MacQuarie) from the Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage. Photo: Kirstin Scholtz

Matt Banting (Port MacQuarie) from the Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage. Photo: Kirstin Scholtz



CURL CURL, AUS — The 10th annual Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage opened in contestable 0.5 to one-meter surf at Sydney’s Curl Curl beach this morning with the U16 and U13 boys kick-starting their charge for an early lead in this year’s prestigious competition.

Boasting a unique ‘top scorer’ based format, the 2008 edition of the Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage will see all 220 surfers, representing ten countries, advance through the first three rounds of competition to determine the eight highest scorers, who will earn places into the Quarterfinals to be held later in the week.

Australian Pro Junior Champion and local surfer Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen) lead the Australian charge against a talented international field by posting the top-scoring heat total of his division, a 12.5 (out of a possible 20.00).

Joining Chapman on the leader board was U14 surfer Matt Banting (Port Macquarie) who looked particularly impressive against his older rivals, winning his round 1 heat with a convincing 11.00 score.

“It was definitely a combination of luck and skill out there today,” Banting said. “I would say more luck than skill even, whoever got the waves was going to get through and I was lucky I got my two off the bat and was able to take the heat lead early on.”

Fellow NSW surfer Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach) was chomping at the bit behind his friends Banting and Chapman, securing a solid 10.00 to slip alongside the front runners and put himself in the running for the prestigious U16 title.

Joshua Hay (Copacabana), Billy Bain (Avalon) and Damien Norman (Casurina) were other progressive New South Wales performers who rose to the top of the prestigious field today.

The U13 division saw some impressive surfing from the Tahitian junior team with 12-year-old O’Neil Massin who posted the highest heat total of both the U13 and U16 divisions combined, during round 2.

Massin, who has travelled to Sydney as part of the 16-strong Tahitian junior team, many of whom will be competition in the ASP World Junior Championships in North Narrabeen next week, dominated his competition in the punchy beach break conditions.

“This is my second trip to Australia and I love competing here,” said Masson a former U11 Tahitian Junior Champion. “The waves are very different from the reef breaks I surf at home but the competition is strong and it is a great challenge for me to compete here against the world’s best.”

Sydney’s Chris Robertson (Cronulla) unleashed the type of surfing that has earned him success on the pro junior circuit this year and was the second highest scorer behind the Tahitian with a 12.5 heat score today.

Rising stars including Izak Clifford (Marcus Beach) and Eli Steele (Moffat Beach) were joined by Jordan Lawler (North Narrabeen) and Brendan Hay (Copocabana) other top performers in this division.

Sunday sees the continuation of world-class junior surfing at Curl Curl beach with the possibility of the premiere U20 division which includes many of the world’s elite pro junior competitors, expected to compete throughout the day.

Names to watch out for include Tahiti’s Tamaroa McComb, USA’s Nat Young and French star Maxine Huschenot while Australia’s top hopes include Queensland’s Julian Wilson and Northern NSW surfer Heath Joske.