Grom Of The Season

Manly grommet George Pittar has had a big start to the year with the stylish natural footer winning multiple surfing events as well as hanging out at his parents Resort in Vanuatu.

Global Surftag Guru Steve Harrison found out why life doesn’t get much better for this 14-year-old.

George won the Fourteen and Under Division of the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final at North Narrabeen in early January, travelling the very next day to the Eratap Beach Resort in Vanuatu, which his parents Tony and Louisa built in 2007.

Growing up in Vanuatu from the age of three, George learned to surf on the reef breaks around Eratap and had never done a closeout snap until he moved to Manly as a 12-year-old.

George initially found it hard to surf the beach breaks of Manly due to the perfection he was used to in Vanuatu and had to learn how to read shifting surf conditions.

After spending nine days surfing the reef breaks around Vanuatu with good mate Tiaan Cronje, the St Augustine’s Year 9 student wasn’t yet done with the school holidays, returning home to bag another win at the Long Reef Surfarama in late January.

With school back, George’s next big assignment was the Sydney Grom Challenge at the Australian Open of Surfing.

Competing on his home break and with plenty of hot competition coming from all around the country, George won all four rounds leading into the final where he locked in a 5.00 and a 9.17 on his opening two rides. With a two-wave total of 14.17, George held off Avoca’s Finn Hill (13.56), the Gold Coast’s Archer Curtis (13.27) and local sparing partner from North Narrabeen Jamie Thomson (8.83) to win the Blue Ribbon Under Sixteen Division.

“I was so happy to win the Sydney Grom Challenge on my home turf with plenty of the local crew from Queenscliff and North Steyne on the beach cheering me on,” said George.

“It was a pretty amazing feeling being chaired up the beach and seeing the crowd that I was surfing in front of. I am really stoked to back up my win at the Rip Curl GromSearch which was super hard and amazing for me to win”.   

With plenty of years remaining in the junior ranks George’s next step is taking on the best Under 18 surfers on the Australasian Pro Junior Tour.

You can follow George on Instagram @georgepittar