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Groms shred punchy Cronulla for GromSearch

Groms shred two-to-three ft punchy surf at Cronulla
Harry Carpenter © Smith





Rip Curl GromSearch

Surfing New South Wales
Wanda Beach, Cronulla 
2 - 5 October, 2014 

First day of the Rip Curl GromSearch starts with a bang 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 October, 2014 - Day one of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Posca kicked off today in punchy two-to-three foot righthanders at Wanda Beach. Max Mcguigan (Chifley, NSW) got a late call-up into the Under-14 Boys division and as a result, wasted little time destroying the righthand walls with a series of backside snaps and hooks. The eastern suburbs surfer was promptly rewarded with a 16.5 heat total (out of a possible 20 points).

Max McGuigan © Smith


Mcguigan will now face off against Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads, Vic), Ethan Raper (Narrabeen, NSW) and Flynn Grogan (Narrabeen, NSW) in the second round. Other Under-14 Boys heat winners included: Harry Carpenter (Wamberal, NSW), Darcy Piltz (Budgewoi, NSW) and Patrick Hardman (Narrabeen, NSW).

Ren Hashimoto (Japan) flew the flag for the international contingent in the Under-16 Girls, posting an impressive 15.84 heat total for an eclectic mix of forehand manoeuvres. Consequently, Hashimoto – who currently resides on the Gold Coast – left the rest of the field chasing solid two wave combinations to take her lead.

Ren Hashimoto © Smith 


Macy Callaghan (Avoca, NSW) posted the highest two-wave total of the event, scoring a 9.83 (out of a possible ten points) and a 9.17 in the Under-16 Girls. The Central Coast natural-footer surfed well beyond her years, throwing down a solid display of power surfing that got the spectators cheering.


Macy Callaghan © Smith 


Local surfers Jay Brown (Lilli Pilli, NSW) and Paris Whittaker (Caringbah, NSW) both linked together a chain of technically sound moves to take respective wins in the Under-16s division and book their spot into the next round.

Tomorrow’s event is expected to kick off at 7.30am. All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.
For further enquiries on the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Posca please contact Surfing NSW on (02) 9349 7055 or

Working in conjunction with Surfing Australia, the Rip Curl GromSearch includes boys’ and girls’ divisions in 16 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under. The series includes a National Ratings system, which will be used to qualify surfers for the National Final at North Narrabeen.
The main event location is North Cronulla Beach with Wanda Beach, Elouera Beach, South Cronulla Beach and Sandshoes all back up options during the event.

The 2013 Rip Curl GromSearch series is presented by POSCA (Mitsubishi Pencil Australia), with managing partner Surfing Australia and associate partners FireWire surfboards, Shapers Fins and ASL magazine.


EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - September 20-22, 2014 

EVENT 2 - Cronulla, NSW - October 2-5, 2014

EVENT 3 - Trigg Point, WA - October 10-12, 2014

EVENT 4 - Yorkes Peninsula, SA - November 15-16, 2014

EVENT 5 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - December 15 -19, 2014

NATIONAL FINAL - North Narrabeen, NSW - January 12 -14, 2015

Ethan Smith

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