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70 frothing groms hit Rip Curl GromSearch Western Oz


Matt Baldock : photo Marz Vassallo

Rip Curl GromSearch WA
Presented by Snickers

Surfing Australia
Trigg Beach Western Australia
13 - 14 October 2007

Back to back wins at Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Snickers at WA leg of International series

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 October, 2007 : - -  Mission accomplished for the WA leg of the Rip Curl GromSearch Series for the 2007/2008 season. With a record number of 70 frothing Grommetts keen to show case their talent and have some fun eager to get the event underway, organiser powered through the event in one day.

“The surf forecasts for Sunday are looking dismal and in the true spirit of the search, we want to give the competitors the best possible waves we can for them to show their talent.  It’s going to be a mission, but we have to run it all in one day”, said surfing WA event manager Justin Majeks.

The number of exciting young Australian surfers is forever growing in surfings greatest nurturing ground across Australia’s surf rich coastlines and this seasons GromSearch promises to expose all the best youngsters who will surf hard and have fun at every event.

Regarded as Australia’s premier series for 16 year and under surfers, both boys and girls, the Rip Curl Gromsearch not only runs Nationally, but globally.Winners from around the globe qualify for the international GromSearch final. In the true spirit of Rip Curl this series searches for and finds the hottest young grommets world wide!


Felicity Palmateer : photo Marz Vassallo


This year’s series will see ratings points attached to the events which will allow these awesome young surfers to compete right across the nation, accumulating points and gaining a ranking on a national scale.

While some were out for fun, others wanted a taste of the coveted title with Mat Baldock from Margaret River stamping his authority right away in his first heat of the day.  Baldock never looked back and continued to pick up his momentum troughout the prelimanary heats to unleash his polished backhand and forehand reportoire in the under 16 final.

Baldock had to contend with Lachlan Mazzuchelli (Mandurah), Jethro Hedstrom (Margaret River) and Tod Quartermaine (Mandurah), all of whom wanted victory at whatever cost.  It was fair to say the final was cut throat with only 0.27 points seperating Mazzuchelli from Baldock and a total split of just 4.46 points between victory and fourth place.

Baldock held off the hungry pack to claim back to back victory after wiining the same division of the Gromsearch last year. “It’s joy to win back to back titles and even though it was hard work out there it was still fun.  I learn’t a lot from competing at last years National final and can’t wait to get back to Bells again to give it another crack.  I’m so looking forward to it”, said Baldock.


Felicity Palmateer : photo Marz Vassallo


Back to back wins also in the under 16 girls division saw another talented goofy footer claim victory.  Hillarys Felicity Palmateer wasted no time in her final asserting her dominance early.  Palmateer left Macaulay needing a 9.77 to knock her from her perch, but it didn’t eventuate and Palmateer claimed her second under 16 title in the event.  Laura Macaulay (Gracetown),   Mikeala Greene (Dunsborough) and Jasmine Hyde (Trigg) who finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively, tried their best, but it wasn’t enough to beat the inform Palmateer.

“I’m so happy, I can’t wait to get back to Bells.  Last year was more a learning curve for me at the National final with so much talent there it pushed your surfing even further.  It’s always great to win and winning it twice in a row is even better”, said an elated Palmateer.

The SNICKERS Wave of the day went to Matt Baldock who busted a wave to pieces with his savage backhand attack which earned him a score of 9.33 points out of a possible 10.  Gnarloo Keala (Trigg) picked himself up a new set of wheels, an SK8 Skateboard for the up and rising star award with the Gromsearch being his first surfing contest entered.

Margaret Rivers nine year old Jack Robinson wooed the judges for a win in both the under 12 and 14 boys final. The Snickers expression session winner was Jake Kearney (Kalbarri) who performed an fun old classic manouvre called the cockroach.

The emphasis on fun continued throughout the day with minor and major give aways on the beach for competitors and spectators.  Wheel barrow races, paddle races and the crazy antics of the Grommetts living up their last day of school holidays saw many a smiling face on the WA leg of the the Rip Curl GromSearch Series presented by snickers.

The Rip Curl GromSearch a ratings system for the season for 2007/2008 is displayed at along with all today’s results and event photos. also has all event information and images. The 2007/2008 GromSearch Series is presented by SNICKERS and supported by media partners FUEL TV and WAVES magazine.


Under 16 Boys
1. Mat Baldock (Margaret River)
2. Lachlan Mazzuchelli (Mandurah)
3. Jethro Hedstrom (Margaret River)
4. Tod Quartermaine (Mandurah),

Under 16 Girls
1. Felicity Palmateer (Hillarys)
2. Laura Macaulay (Gracetown),
3. Mikeala Greene (Yallingup)
4. Jasmine Hyde (Trigg)

Under 12 Boys final
1. Jack Robinson (Margaret River)
2. Gnarloo Keala (Trigg)
3. James Flemming (Geraldton)
4. Harry McPherson (Mandurah)

Under 14 Boys final
1. Jack Robinson (Margaret River)
2. Creed McTaggart (Margaret River)
3. Jayden O'Neil (Karrinyup)
4. Shaun Green (Margaret River)

Under 12 girls final
1. Eliza Greene (Yallingup)
2. Emi Campbell (Denmark)
3. Astyn Kearney (Kalbarri)

Under 14 Girls final
1. Bronte Macaulay (Gracetown)
2. Mikeala Greene (Dunsborough)
3. Skip Van Peer (Mandurah)
4. Rachael Dawe (Lancelin)



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