2015 European Grom Search Finals
Punta Preta, Cabo Verde
20 - 21 February 2016
Top groms from France, Spain, UK, Portugal & Italy hit Cabo Verde
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 February, 2016 - The event had 8 days to find European champions from a field of 10 boys and 8 girls all under 16 years old. The champions of France, Spain, UK, Portugal, Italy and a special guest from Morocco were pitched together for a battle of the nations, with the winners earning a place at the World Finals in Hawaï next month.
The event was held over 3 days on the right hand point break of Punta Preta with a shifting peak and rock lined set up with 4 to 6 feet waves peeling across the bay. With the strong off shore trade winds relentlessly blowing, the swell stayed true and the competitors battled out with incredible bravery and passion.
The event showcased the emerging talents from all nations with stellar performances from all. Especially Italian Mattia Miggliorin and british Ellie Turner who progressed to the finals in true underdog fashion.
Ultimately the well rounded and progressive surfing by the French duo Juliette Brice and Mathis Crozon separated them from the rest of the field and the European titles were awarded to them along with the tickets to the world finals.
The closing of the event draws to an end the European search and gives organisers a chance to reflect on an incredible and successful series of events. Rip Curl would like to thank all who have been a part of it, especially the team from Cape Verde and the local surfers for helping and sharing their beautiful island with us.
The Rip Curl Grom Search brings a series of events to the flourishing young Surfer scene, designed to identify the best talents, whilst providing memorable events that the competitors, parents & all relish and enjoy being a part of. Sponsors EQ, FCS, Gorilla and Smith bringing a wealth of goodness to it all.
Rip Curl continue their global search for the best junior surfers in 2016 and kick off in France in the coming weeks with the first event from February 27th to 28th in Martinique (French Indies).
RESULTS BOYS UNDER 16 YEARS OLD:
1- MATHIS CROZON (France)
2- DYLAN GROEN (Portugal)
3- JOAO MOREIRA (Portugal)
4- MATTIA MIGGLIORIN (Italie)
RESULTS GIRLS UNDER 16 YEARS OLD:
1- JULIETTE BRICE (France)
2- LISA GIRARDET (France)
3- ELLI TURNER (Uk)
4- INES BISPO (Portugal)