The annual Billabong Grommet Attack series is back for its 2016 installment, with the first leg (pending on wave conditions) set to take place this 29 May at Seminyak Beach; and the second and last scheduled for 17 July and 28 August at Padma Beach and Kuta Beach respectively.
Rip Curl’s GromSearch #2 turned up the heat at Batu Karas, West Java last weekend as Indonesia’s hottest Under 16 year old surfers displayed exactly the kind of surfing that this contest series was created to inspire. High flying maneuvers were the order of the day at the “Malibu of Indonesia” highlighted by the hottest battle of the year when Ketut Agus, title defender from Gromsearch #1 at Lombok, dramatically lost his number one spot to Padma’s Raju Sena.
Rip Curl’s Gromsearch lived up to its name by not only searching for the best young surfers in Indonesia but also searching for the best waves for them to surf in. After a last minute decision to move the contest from Senggigi Beach all the way across the island to Kuta Lombok’s famed Seger Beach, the Senggigi Boardriders jumped into action with transport and support and coordinated with the West side boys to make it all happen. Sure enough, the predicted swell moved in and gave the competitors a perfect field of 3-4 foot rights with light winds and yet another great, fair GromSearch was underway.
The 12th Annual Rip Curl GromSearch South East Asia Final will honor its legacy of finding the best waves for young competitors by holding the event in the perfect barrels of Keramas, Bali.
The third and final event of the Billabong Grommet Attack 2015 Series finished up on Sunday, 19 July 2015, at Halfway, Kuta Beach, in an exciting showcase of Bali’s best up-and-coming junior surfers.
Picture perfect Padma Beach delivered the goods yesterday in the second leg of the Billabong Grommet Attack 2015 series. 2-3 foot waves rolled in under blue skies and off shore winds, creating a peaceful scene that was in direct contrast to the highly competitive grom action taking place out in the water. And indeed they did, with verve and determination, having to be boated out to the distant line-up and then left to paddle in. “That is the physical education element of this contest” laughed parent Cacho Izquierdo, “It’ll put a little meat on their bones”.
After a successful opener at Sanur Reef on May 31st that attracted quite a crowd of both spectators and groms, the second event of the three event series will get underway at Padma Beach on Thursday June 25th. Originally scheduled for June 28th, the event has been called up a few days early as the swell forecasters are all predicting a massive swell to hit on Saturday the 27th, rendering Padma totally unusable for any event,let alone a grommet event on Sunday.
Due to tough, windy conditions, Sanur Reef was chosen on the eleventh hour to take the setting for the first leg of the Billabong Grommet Attack 2015 series. But as surfers, we are all well aware that Mother Nature can change her mind without notice, and unfortunately, the predicated strong south swell failed to show up. “Ok, so there is wind on this side of the island this time of year” said proud father Rizal Tandjung, “these kids are going to have to learn how to compete in challenging conditions sometime”.
With a brand new spot, a brand new format and a brand new opportunity for Java’s hottest junior surfers, Rip Curl Gromsearch #3 unleashed the most talented pool of surfers yet into 6 foot surf off Krakal Beach, Java. With most surfers weighing in well under 45 kilos, the big conditions were challenging to say […]
Best under 16 athletes of the World from ten different countries competing at Maresias Beach, Brazil during Rip CurlGrom Search International Final