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Medina welcomes Rip Curl GromSearch final

Rip Curl GromSearch International final © Rip Curl



Rip Curl Grom Search International

Maresias, Brazil
27 - 28 April 2015

World Champ welcomes groms to his homebreak for finals day

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 April, 2015 - Maresias, Brazil - Current WSL World Surfing Champion, Gabriel Medina officially opened the Rip Curl GromSearch International final today in Brazil, and welcomed 16 junior competitors from all over the globe to his home beach of Maresias, on the Northern coastline of Sao Paulo state.

Medina hosted the opening ceremony and presented the competitors with their National flag, wishing them well in the event due to start in the best waves available from April 28th.“To all of the athletes from around the World, I would personally like to welcome you to my home beach of Maresias. I wish you the best of luck in the RIP CURL GromSearch International final and I hope you enjoy your stay in Brazil.”

He went on to mention that the Rip Curl GromSearch International final was an important tool to aid his own career development. “I competed in this event in Australia in 2010, met people form all over the world and learned a lot about travelling and visiting other countries” he said, referencing his time at Bells Beach when he won the event.

Gabriel was then required to randomly draw surfer’s names out of a hat to fill the first two heats of the event. These heats are the ‘seeding round’ of competition and are required as there is no official International ranking system for junior surfers from different countries, so the International GromSearch event runs a seeding round to establish an athletes ranking, or ‘seed’, based off their performance in that heat.
The seeding rounds are;

Heat 1 Boys     
Samuel Pupo (Brazil),     
Roberto Araki (Chile),     
Gaspar Larragneguy (Argentina)  
Heitor Duarte (Brazil)    

Heat 2 Boys
Lens Arancibia (France)
Kei Kobayashi (USA)
Raju Sena (Indonesia)
Kehu Butler (New Zealand)

Heat 1 Girls     
Caroline Marks (USA)   
Cinta Hansel (Indonesia)   
Kayane Reis de Assis (Brazil)   
Jaleesa Vincent (Australia)   

Heat 2 Girls
Ariane Ochoa (Spain)
Lorraine Lima (Brazil)
Raiha Ensor (New Zealand)
Leilani McGonagle (Costa Rica)

The official flag presentation and seeding round draw were followed by traditional Capoeira Dancing and music by a local dance company. Over 30 dancers took turns to display their craft and then pulled all the athletes onto the dance area to participate. Medina showed he was more than capable of trading moves with the performers and was joined by several athletes, also quickly picking up the tricky actions to impress the locals. The night was finished with a coal-fired barbecue as the visitors introduced themselves to the community of Maresias Beach.

With conditions looking very good for the later half of the waiting period, surfers have got a few days to get used to the beach break conditions and participate in official practice sessions to get ready for competition.

Robin Senour

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