Rip Curl is excited to announce their 14th Annual GromSearch series launching in April this year. The Rip Curl GromSearch series are youth surfing events that include boys and girls divisions in 16 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under age groups, commonly referred to as “groms”, the aim of the GromSearch is to nurture and recruit the next generation of surfers at a grassroots level.
To be competition eligible you must be the specified age as of the 31st December, 2017. All divisions are limited, with entry allocated on a first in first served basis. Participants may also enter all 3 qualifying events, giving these young surfers the maximum opportunity for competitive success.
With high expectations for an amazing series that showcases the best Indonesian junior surfing talent, Rip Curl will have 6 separate competitions staged at 3 different locations. The Groms receive points for their results in each event, which then count towards a National GromSearch ratings system, allowing surfers from around Southeast Asia to compare their results with contemporaries.
Leaders on the National Ratings will then qualify for the last event of the series, the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final, to be held at somewhere on 21st and 22nd October 2017. The winners of the Indonesian National final are then flown to the international final where they will face the hottest under 16 surfers from around the globe.
Win the international finals and you are well on your way to sponsorship and a pro career – the stuff that young dreams are made of. The GromSearch brings the most talented young surfers in Indonesia together in an exciting, safe and friendly environment that promotes sportsmanship, environmental awareness, cultural exchange and high voltage competition.
“We are excited once again to be kicking-off the GromSearch in Indonesia at 3 premier surf spots in Lombok, Java and Bali, giving kids of all ages a chance to compete together in a fun a friendly environment,” said James Hendy Rip Curl Marketing Manager SE Asia. The GromSearch has been the starting foundation for some of Indonesias most talented pro’s over the last 14 years and we can’t wait to unlock some new talents in 2017!,” continued Hendy.
The Rip Curl SE Asia GromSearch series is part of a international series and has been a great stepping stone for the recent champions of our sport. Former International GromSearch competitors who are currently competing on the WSL Championship Tour include: Gabriel Medina, Owen Wright, Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Felipe Toledo, Steph Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright, Malia Manuel, Laura Enever and Alana Blanchard.
So get ready for the 2017 GromSearch! Below are the dates and details for all the action in 2017!
Rip Curl GromSearch 2017 Locations:
Series 1 – Air Guling, Lombok, 22nd & 23rd April 2017
Series 2 – Cimaja, West Java – May 13th & 14th
Series 3 – Canggu, Bali, September 23rd & 24th
Rip Curl Grom Search – National Final – Somewhere October 21st & 22nd