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16 of the world’s best junior surfers battling it out in solid and powerful four-to-six-foot Manu Bay, posting 10-point rides and showing the world what the future of surfing looks like. At the end of the competition it was Torquay’s Xavier Huxtable (AUS) and Kauai’s Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW) who came out on top, taking down the duo from the NSW Central Coast Finn Hill (AUS) and Kirra-Belle Olsson (AUS). “I feel so good right now,” said Xavier Huxtable, after he took the win of the GromSearch International Final. Xavier is one of the first Victorian male surfers to take out an International Junior event, and that made the win all the sweeter. “It means so much to me to win this event against such talented surfers from all over the world.” It wasn’t an easy road to the final, though. Xavier also had to surf through a highly talented Cole Houshmand (USA) in the semis, who is known for his progressive style in all types of waves, and in order to come out on top the Victorian had to post two massive scores. But he was up to the task, and by the end of the heat he had the first and only 10-point ride, combined with a 9.25 – a near perfect heat score of 19.25.

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