Day one of competition for the 2016 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final kicked off in good, clean conditions yesterday at Ala Moana ‘Bowls’, Hawaii. With the local Hawaiian athletes hosting International surfers from 8 different countries, the competition was action packed straight from the start at this world famous wave.
It is every young surfers dream to travel the world in search of new waves, new experiences, and learning about different cultures. For 16 year old Luke Gordon, he was able to go on The Search this year traveling to dreamy destinations such as Bali, Fiji, and Hawaii. Here’s why these experiences are so valuable to him.
16-year-old Brisa Hennessy derives from the ‘other side of Oahu.’ Where there isn’t any Pipelines or Sunset Beachs, but on the contrary there are bays full of crystal clear water, white sand beaches, and enough surf to refine her style. Brisa has all the accolades as a budding junior surf star, with numerous National Championship Titles, and a passport full of stamps from her love of traveling. Up next for Brisa is the global stage, with her mind set on the World Tour, and a heart full of the aloha spirit, there’s no telling where her talents will take her.
With these family friendly surf trip destinations, you can keep everyone happy. Whether it be in Mexico or Samoa, surfers, non-surfers and those in between can all have a fantastic vacation.
Three surfers from Kaua`i set out to bring clean water to the people of Indonesia while on a surf trip. After arriving in Indo they learn it’s much more difficult to make a difference then they initially thought. Through equal parts persistence and luck they are able to join a student project from Australia who’ve developed a teaching tool that could save hundreds of lives. The team, with the help of Surfaid Sumba test the project and discovers the key to creating lasting sustainable change. In the end they learn how a small group of people can contribute and make a big improvement in a worldwide problem.
With veteran team captain Kekoa Bacalso leading the charge, this year’s Rip Curl Grom Camp featured 10 young wave warriors battling the constantly changing North Shore conditions and putting their skills to the ultimate test. From maxed out Pipe, to pumping Rocky Point, the groms surfed from sunrise to sunset. When the entire coastline was barraged with over-sized swells, the team Searched high and low for nooks that would allow them to get in the water. After twelve days of broken boards, giggle attacks, sunburns, and countless barrels, it was time for the crew to pack up for home. Mission accomplished; confidence was gained, lessons were learned, and on their next voyage the North Shore the Rip Curl groms will only be that much more prepared.
The resurgence of finless surfing started in Noosa when Jacob Stuth rode an alaia on the afternoon of March 5, 2005. He traversed across an open shoulder faster than anyone could have imagined on an Ancient Hawaiian alaia replica. Since then, the alaia has gathered a cult following around the world. The buzz you get from riding across an open wave is exhilarating, and many seasoned surfers have said that it brings back the grommet stoke of surfing all over again.
Are you one of those people who can’t go surfing without thinking about sharks? Or maybe you suffer from that totally irrational ‘there’s a shark in the swimming pool’ sensation? Then you might not want to go surfing in these places.
Hawaiian charger Bethany Hamilton has extended her contract with long-time sponsor Rip Curl, renewing a partnership that started when she was nine years old.
Bucket lists are stupid, because all they really do is set you up for failure. When someone tells me about all the adventurous things they have on their bucket list, I eventually start to imagine them old and gray, lying on their death bed clutching a crinkled up sheet of paper with only a handful of the items checked off.