Pegasus Post: May 14, 2019


16 Tuesday May 14 2019

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• By Gordon Findlater

NORTH WAI boardrider

Ava Henderson took

on some the best groms

from across the ditch

when she competed at the

Bede’s Grom Shootout in


Ava, 14, finished fifth in

the under 14 girls category

at the two-day event on

North Stradbroke Island,

east of Brisbane.

The trip to gain valuable

experience on the big

Queensland waves comes

on the back of a stellar


2019 in New Zealand.

In January, Ava narrowly

missed out on the under

14 title at the national

surfing championships in


However, since then

she has competed well

beyond her years winning

a number of nationally

ranked under 16, 18 and

20 titles.

She won two of the three

events on the Billabong

Grom Series between

January and March to

be crowned the under 16

series champion.


Ava Henderson

took her skills

to Australia and

has finished fifth

in the Bede’s

Grom Shootout

in Queensland. ​

Good Aussie showing

for teen boardrider

In March she won the

under 20, 18 and 16 divisions

at the Duke Festival

of Surfing and gained the

No 1 New Zealand ranking

in her age group.

Last month she claimed

the under 18 and 16

divisions at the Kaikoura

grom comp.

Ava will be in with a

very strong chance of

being selected in the

New Zealand team for

the World Junior Surfing

Championship which is

due to be named in the

coming weeks.


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