Jess Grimwood of Shelly Beach Wins Brian Hilton RA Surf Show and Gives Prize Money to Flood Appeal

RA Girls Surf Show Winner Jessica Grimwood poses with groms and event organizers Amee Donohoe & Bec Woods ©Sarah Beardmore PRESS RELEASE COPACABANA BEACH, January 28, 2011 - Happy to just help out behind the scenes, Jess Grimwood came through to steal the spotlight with a win in the final of the Brian Hilton RA Girls Surf Show. The event was held at Copacabana Beach on the Central Coast of Australia over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of January 2011. Organiser's Rebecca Woods and Amee Donohoe had to convince the 22 year old Grimwood to compete in the event in which she managed to take out the highly competitive field of international surfers in the Open Pro division. "I wasn't thinking about competing- I was just happy to help out with odd jobs" she said. "So I was pretty shocked. It was very cool!" In a close and hotly contested final, Grimwood defeated Dimity Stoyle of the Sunshine Coast, followed by Laurina McGrath and Kim Wooldridge who finished third and fourth respectively. Grimwood was generous enough to donate her $1500 winner's cheque to the Queensland flood appeal. "It was a very touching moment and amazing thing for her to do." Donohoe said. Jess Van Der Meer from the Northern Beaches, Sydney was an in form surfer all event and took out what could be the biggest win in her career placing first in the U/21 division and taking home the $1000 cheque to help her on her way in the professional surfing world. Alyssa Lock, 10, from Tweed Heads was another strong competitor who displayed a surfing maturity well beyond her years. Lock took out not only the U/12 division but also the Open B division defeating surfers up to three times her age! Coco Beeby of Scotts Head won the U/16 division in a close battle with Steph Single from Lennox Head. There was a fantastic showcase of surfing throughout the whole event and this up and coming division was certainly no exception. As well as making the Open Pro final, Kim Wooldridge of Woolongong managed to win the Masters division. Along with winners of the U/12 (Lock) and U/16 division (Beeby), Wooldridge took home a custom made surfboard from DBurge. Other winners include Nicole Fleming of the South Coast in the Bodyboard division and Chelsea Williams from Tweed Heads, in the Longboard with both girls taking home cheques of $500. Last year Donohoe (Macmasters) and Woods' (Copacabana) were not only working long and hard with the preparation and execution of the Brian Hilton RA Girls Surf Show but were also juggling their own surfing careers as they were competitors of the Women's World Tour. Displaying altruism in its purest form, the event was aimed to support the many up and coming female surfers as well as give back to the local communities of the Central Coast that have shown great support throughout their own surfing careers. The Brian Hilton RA Surf Show was a huge success; it was not just a surfing event but like a mini festival with market stalls on both the Saturday and Sunday, food and drinks available at night with an alfresco outdoor cinema, live music and entertainment as well as VIP area for sponsors overlooking the latter. Copacabana Surf Club was filled with around 200 people for the presentation and raffle draw! The support was amazing with the local community behind Bec and Amee all the way and it doesn't happen very often but the water was cleared for the entire weekend in which competitors got to surf Copacabana Point three foot and glassy by themselves. Woods comments on the reasons to the success of the event 'It is due to the fact the Amee and I grew up in one of the most supportive communities and amazing places in Australia which created an amazing vibe and fun atmosphere". Both Woods and Donohoe are looking to make it a bigger and better event next year. A big thank you to the local community, Copacabana Surf club and the major sponsors of the event, Brian Hilton, Bendigo Bank, Mc Donald's Kincumber, Flint and Midori. Open-Pro -- B Grade -- Masters -- Under 21 years 1st : Jess Grimwood -- Alyssa Lock -- Kim Wooldridge -- Jess Van Der Meer 2nd : Dimity Stoyle -- Karen Myers -- Sandra English -- Skye Burgess 3rd : Lauren McGrath -- Jesse Buchan -- Sharon Briety -- Dimity Stoyle 4th : Kim Wooldridge -- Karen Witt -- Michelle James -- Sage Erickson Under 16 years -- Under 12 years -- Longboard -- Bodyboard 1st : Coco Beeby -- Alyssa Lock -- Chelsea Williams -- Nicole Fleming 2nd : Steph Single -- Macy Callaghan -- Rachel Pinsak -- Kaitlin Murphy 3rd : Eve Edwards -- Tyla O'Toole -- Debbie Allen -- Emma Cobb 4th : Brittany Hutchings -- Isabelle Wheatley -- April Charles -- Lilly Pollard