Bramich still a hope in surf titles

BEAUMARIS board rider Gerome Bramich is still in contention for the Australian under 18 surfing title after reaching the second round of the competition being held on the Tasman Peninsula this week.

More than 200 of Australia's best under 18 surfers are competing at Roaring Beach and Eaglehawk Neck for the prestigious national titles, with blustery, cold conditions forcing organisers to call off yesterday's action.

Launceston-based Bramich, runner-up in the 2012 Tasmanian under 18 championship, finished second in his first-round heat on Sunday to reach the second round of the national titles.

Bramich's Launceston College classmate and good friend Tom Gray, the 2012 Tasmanian under 18 champion, bowed out of the national competition when he finished fourth in his requalifying round on Monday.

It has been an undoubtedly tough few days for Tasmanian surfers, with Scamander's Zac Gray and Clifton Beach's Kelly Nordstrom eliminated from the under 16 boys' division, while Lizzie Stokely, of Bruny Island, was a round one casualty in the under 16 girls' competition.

A ray of hope still exists in Marrawah's Zoe Grey, who can still qualify for the second round of the under 18 girls' competition via a requalifying heat.

Gray and Bramich were also in action during the under 19 boys' Allstars competition, where they represented Tasmania with south coast surfer Jake Fasnacht. The East Coast pair will also represent Launceston College with classmate Fergus Brown in the upcoming Australian schools championships.

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