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Experience counts at Rip Curl GromSearch New Zealand



Alex Dive : photo NZ Surfing Magazine

Rip Curl GromSearch
Presented by Snickers

Fitzroy Beach New Plymouth NZ
29 April - 3 May 2008

Experience counts at the Rip Curl GromSearch New Zealand

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 April, 2008 : - - Experience shone through on day one of the Rip Curl GromSearch held at Back Beach New Plymouth today when the top seeds all dominated their preliminary heats.  Blake Myers (WGM) and Alex Dive (Mnt) moved through to the semifinals of the under 16 boys late in the day as two of the six national representatives competing at the event.

Myers won one of the most exciting heats of the day clawing his way into first place ahead of Tane Wallis (Piha) who rode a last second wave to leap into second place.  

All four surfers in the heat tussled for the lead until Myers pulled away with a 12.10 point heat total.  Wallis on the other hand was getting paddled up and down the beach by his counterparts.  Marriott held second place until Wallis manoeuvred himself into position for a good last wave to score 5.5 points and jump from fourth to second with 10 seconds remaining.

“It was a hard heat and that is what you get in comps” Wallis reflected.  “I knew what I had to do on that last wave, I was a little bit nervous but I had to concentrate on surfing the wave and completing the last turn and fortunately it worked out”.

Heat winner Myers was well aware of the paddle tussles going down “I was out there to get the best waves and win.  I needed the bigger waves and I made sure I got them” commented Myers.  Myers knows that in a months time he will be up against the best in the world when he competes at the World Junior Champs in France.  Hard fought tussles will be the norm if he is to be successful at an international level.

The two surfers eliminated Reno Marriott (Gis) and Ethan Burge (Wgtn) and will face each other in the semifinals on Sunday.  They will meet top seed Alex Dive and James Tume (Wgtn) in semifinal one.  Despite the small 0.5m – 1.0m waves Dive maintained his powerful, smooth surfing to win his quarterfinal heat. 

With the outgoing tide the waves pumped in and the battle for second place took the whole 20 minute heat to be determined.  Tume eventually got the nod with his fast paced forehand approach and tight turns scoring 11.10 to place second.

In semifinal three local boy Mark Pathemore surfed his favoured lefts that were running up the beach to win his heat ahead of Christchurch surfer Cody McCusker.  McCusker made the trip up to the event with his Canterbury team mates who are all in Taranaki for the Smokefree National Scholastic Surfing Championships nd finds himself in the thick of the action at the Rip Curl GromSearch in the lead up to next weekends event.

Quarterfinal four saw Johnny Hicks (Gis) and Ben Poulter (Rag) progress over Todd Doyle (Mnt) and Hugh Ritchie (Chch).

New Zealand representatives Alexis Poulter (Rag) and Rosa Thompson (Auck) lived up to their pre event favourites tag to win their first round heats.  Both surfers relished the chance to surf the clean righthanders with Poulter completing a couple of big tailslides and Thompson looking aggressive in her approach.  Gisborne’s Jayda Martin-Fitzharris was another heat winner along with Ella Williams (WGM).

In the under 14 boys Peri Matenga (Mnt) kicked off the round in winning form scoring 15.50 to win his heat.  Matenga surfed one excellent left hand wave completing three fluent backhand re-entries to score 8.25.  Top seeds Tane Wallis (Piha) and Ben Poulter (Rag) also easily progressed through their heats winning with heat totals of 17.75 and 11.40 respectively.  Wallis was the highest scorer of the day.

Other heat winners included Paul Moretti (Mimiwhangata), Waretini Wano (Piha), Adam Grimson (Gis), Mackenzie Christie (Mnt) and Patxi Scott – Arrieta (Sandy Bay). All competitors will be required to meet at Back Beach at 7.00am on Sunday morning with an 8.00am start.  Results from day one of the Rip Curl GromSearch are set out below.

For further information regarding the Rip Curl GromSearch, please contact Leon Parkin on 021 386 473, or Ben Kennings at Surfing New Zealand 021 2278732,

Upcoming Events

Rip Curl GromSearch 2: Gisborne – 19th – 20th July
Rip Curl GromSearch 3: Dunedin – 4th – 5th October
Rip Curl GromSearch 4: Piha – 6th – 7th December

Background information

The Rip Curl GromSearch is the longest running grommet series in New Zealand. The series comprises four events in 2008.  Events are scheduled in each of the school holidays and are dotted around New Zealand.  Rip Curl GromSearch events focus on participation in the sport of surfing and are held worldwide.  The events offer an excellent opportunity for youngsters to meet other surfers and compete against each other many for the first time in their lives.

The 2008 Rip Curl GromSearch is sponsored by Rip Curl and New Zealand Surfing Magazine. Surfing New Zealand are proudly partnered by Corona, Vodafone, Hyundai, SPARC & Smokefree.




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