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McGill, Gates & Young win Kewalos grom event

Rip Curl GromSearch, Kewalos Basin, Oahu, Hawaii, Dax McGill, Eliijah Gates, Cody Young, Jackson Bunch
Jackson Bunch © Rip Curl



Rip Curl GromSearch stop #2
Presented by Mophie

Kewalos Basin, Oahu Hawaii
12 - 13 July 2014

Jackson Bunch claims Boys 12 & Under division

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 July, 2014 - Costa Mesa - Hawaii’s top talent gathered once again at Kewalo Basin on the south shore of Oahu for the annual Rip Curl GromSearch presented by mophie. With a packed field of 88 competitors greeted to highly rippable 2-3 foot offshore peaks, the level of surfing was through the roof! Competitors not only battled for bragging rights, cash, huge prize bags, but more importantly the highly coveted invitation to compete in the RCGS National Final to be held this October, at Upper Trestles, CA. 

With the four top finishers in each division earning a spot at Uppers, the boys & girls in the 16 & under divisions will also have the opportunity to compete in the RCGS International Final, which is going on the Search in 2014 to an undisclosed location. First place at Nationals in both boys and girls 16U will be awarded an all paid expense trip to compete for the global title. 

Elijah Gates is one competitor who dreams to make the international event, as Gates proved to be the stand out of the boys 16 & under division. Gates tore apart the Kewalos lineup heat after heat to take top honors ahead of Hawaiian standouts, Shayden Paccaro, Cody Young, and Loa Ng. 

“I am so stoked to win the GromSearch during my last year because I always surf the event against my friends and whoever wins has bragging right for the next year,” stated the humbled champion Gates, “The GromSearch is one of my favorite contests because they have such amazing prizes. It’s one of the contests that really gives back to the kids.” 

Dax McGill © Rip Curl


The girls 16 & under had a stacked 6 girl final, with the top four receiving invites to the National Final. Once again Oahu’s Dax McGill took top honors for the 2nd year in a row. Dax’s competitive drive combined with her raw talent took the win over Hawaii’s finest rippers, Emily Nishimoto, Tiare Thompson, Brittany Penaroza, Mainei Kinimaka, and Summer Macedo. 

Moving on to the boys 14 & under, there were only two double finalists of the event, Cody Young, and Loa Ng. These two boys finalized up a division as well as finishing top two in their own respected age group, with Cody Young taking the slight nod. Young’s large frame tore apart Kewalos forgiving lefts with a backhand attack that would make Andy Irons proud. Ng came up short in 2nd, with Elijah Fox in 3rd, and Devin Brueggeman in 4th. 

Kauai’s Elijah Fox didn’t take the 14U title, but he did receive the mophie maneuver of the event for a tail high nosepick air reverse. Fox took home a custom embroidered backpack stuffed with amazing prizes and $50 cash courtesy of mophie. 

The youngest division saw the tightest battle of all the finals. The boys 12 & under had the top three finishers all with combined heat totals over 16 points, with 1st through 3rd only a half point margin. Coming out on top and nailing a 9.8 in the final was Jackson Bunch, 2nd place went to Robert Grillho III, 3rd Wyatt McHale, and rounding out the final was Cole Alves. 

Cody Young © Rip Curl


Rip Curl’s Official Retail Partner of the GromSearch Kewalos, Hawaiian Island Creations, once again donated a custom surfboard to the most inspirational surfer who demonstrated sportsmanship and aloha spirit, this year’s victor was Jake Riccobuano. Congrats Jake! 

Rip Curl is so stoked and privileged to once again bring the GromSearch to Kewalo Basin year after year. It’s definitely one of the highlights of the GromSearch season and we would like to thank all the Kewalos locals for sharing the lineup with the youth of Hawaii.

We are also very grateful for our 2014 co-sponsors, mophie, Smith Optics, FlexFit, Kicker Audio, Banzai Bowls, Futures Fins, Famous Surf, Surface Sun Systems, Boardstix, DHD Surfboards, Hubert’s Lemonade, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, and our official media partners Surfing Magazine,, as well as HIC, our official retail partner. We hope to se you at stop #3 of the 2014 Rip Curl GromSeach at New Smyrna Inlet, Florida, August 9th or 10th. Sign up now at 


Boys 16 & Under 
1. Elijah Gates 
2. Shayden Paccaro 
3. Cody Young 
4. Loa Ng 

Girls 16 & Under 
1. Dax McGill 
2. Emily Nishimoto         
3. Tiare Thompson 
4. Brittany Penaroza 
5. Mainei Kinimaka 
6. Summer Macedo 

Boys 14 & Under 
1. Cody Young 
2. Loa Ng 
3. Elijah Fox 
4. Devin Brueggeman 

Boys 12 & Under 
1. Jackson Bunch 
2. Robert Grillho III 
3. Wyatt McHale 
4. Cole Alves 

mophie Maneuver of the Event 
Elijah Fox 

HIC Sportsmanship Award 
Jake Riccobuano 

Robin Senour

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