Leonardo Fioravanti: the Italian gladiator

Leonardo Fioravanti has conquered the Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage Junior Surfing Series, at Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia. "Surfing against Australia’s best teenagers was awesome, these guys ripped out there all weekend and it came down to the last minute it was unreal", said Fioravanti, an Italian surfer.

"Its so good being in Australia, I love the culture and the people here in Cronulla have been so friendly, I’ve made some good friends here and would love to come back and surf again", said a super excited Fioravanti.

No more than 2 points stood between first and fourth place as the Aussie boys gave it everything they had to the Italian wonder kid who came to surf against the top Grommets Australia has to offer.

The 16 girls brought some amazing talent through the ranks, Coco Beeby of Scotts Head, NSW and Cali Mcdonaugh (Lennox Head, NSW) performed outstandingly in the tough conditions winning all three of there rounds in the lead up to the semis.

However, when the dust settled, it was Isabelle Nichols (Coolum, QLD), who reigned supreme over Beeby, McDonaugh and Holly Warn (Newport), who finished second, third and fourth respectively.

Almost stealing the show with a mammoth 18.24 combined heat total, Quinn Bruce (Sunrise Beach, QLD) out surfed his fancied competitors, Harley Ross-Webster (Curl Curl, NSW), Jarrod Szele (Warilla, NSW) and Luke Wrice (Coledale, NSW), in a high quality final-affair in the U13 boys.

The under 13 girls were not to disappoint with grommets like Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads, NSW) shinning as bright as the older female competitors stamping two solid scores (15.66, 15.83) in the early rounds. When the finals came it was Alysse Cooper (Manly, NSW) who reigned over her competitors, Paris Whittaker (Cronulla, NSW) in second, Alyssa Lock in 3rd and Billie Mellinz in 4th.