Rip Curl GromSearch 1st series finally went ahead this Tuesday, after a postponement of the actual scheduled event last Sunday 17th.
Lack of waves over the weekend delayed the competition to Tuesday 19 February in favour of more suitable swell conditions.
Rip Curl’s event manager explained: “Our objective of running the event with the local Boardriders this year is to have regional qualifiers so the best surfers from each area are represented at the National Finals. Sanur Boardriders decided to run the contest on Tuesday due to the best swell conditions and potential stormy weather this coming weekend”.
Rip Curl’s objective with this new format of running regional events with Boardrider Clubs is to give everyone a fair chance of qualifying for the National Final in Bali later this year. This is also the opportunity for everyone to be in with a shot at winning the ultimate prize of a trip to the world finals at Bells Beach Australia for the international final in 2014.
On this first day of GromSearch Event, 28 Grommets from all over Sanur area have been competing under the “Under 16th” category (16 kids) and the “Under 14th” category (12 kids). Event coordinator said: “Despite the postponement of the actual schedule, it’s really good to have Rip Curl GromSearch in Sanur and it’s running very well. Hopefully next year we can have it again here in Sanur area, maybe in different spots!”
The best tricks of the day was won by Ketut Agus in Boys division and Julika for the Girls division during the Expression Session. They received Skullcandy prizes as a reward for their impressive manoeuvres.
In “Under 14th” division, the winner is Kadek Sulaksana, followed by Ben (2nd), Fajar Ariana (3rd) and Rossi (4th). The event was very challenging for grommets. For instance, during the Semi-Finals, there was this exciting heat, where the young Fajar Ariana (8 years old) defeated one of the older surfers (14 years old) Regarding the “Under 16th” division results, Angga Bayu won the competition while Made Tedi won the 2nd place, Ketut Parta the 3rd place and Kaleb Sukadis the 4th place. The four winners of the “Under 16th” division have all been given a direct ticket to the Rip Curl GromSearch National Finals in Bali.
During the full day of surfing, children also helped with cleaning up the beach receiving Stickers and Sticky Bumps wax for their efforts as a reward of their participation to the Event. Next GromSearch will be run in Pandawa beach, Nusa Dua this Sunday 24th February. Grommets will give the best of themselves to try to win the next set of tickets to Rip Curl GromSearch National Finals 2013!
Rip Curl GromSearch 2013 Sanur Contest Results:
Under 14th Division:
1st – Kadek Sulaksana
2nd – Ben
3rd – Fajar Ariana
4th – Rossi
Under 16th Division:
1st – Angga Bayu
2nd – Made Tedi
3rd – Ketut Parta
4th – Kaleb Sukadis
– Ketut Agus (Boys category)
– Julika (Girls category)