Anna Bay’s Jasmine Sampson was the best finisher from the Hunter at the Newcastle leg of the Rip Curl GromSearch National Series last weekend, placing third in the under-16 final behind Carly Shanahan and Arabella Wilson.

Sampson maintained a top two spot throughout her divisional heats, as well as the elimination semi-final, before claiming a 13.67 two-wave score in the final to beat out Freshwater’s Lily MacDonald for a podium finish.

Sampson said she was “stoked” to have placed third.

Another Hunter representative, 16-year-old Elle Clayton-Brown bowed out in the semi-final against eventual finalists Shanahan and MacDonald.

The Rip Curl GromSearch National Series is a prestigious event series giving 16-and-under surfers a chance to compete against their nations’ best, and 2018 marks its 20th year running. One of the longest Junior Surfing Series in the world, it has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers.

Working in conjunction with Surfing Australia, the Rip Curl GromSearch includes divisions in 16-and-under, 14-and-under and 12-and-under, for both boys and girls.

The Australian National series features five stops in the key surfing regions of Jan Juc (VIC), Newcastle (NSW), Trigg Beach (WA), Yorke Peninsula (SA) and the Sunshine Coast (QLD).

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