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Peterson & Igarashi claim Rip Curl GromSearch HB

Ryland Rubens, Elijah Hanneman, Kanoa Igarashi, Maddie Peterson © Rip Curl
Ryland Rubens, Elijah Hanneman, Kanoa Igarashi, Maddie Peterson © Rip Curl



Rip Curl GromSearch
Presented by mophie

Huntington Beach, California USA
7 - 8 June 2014

Igarashi Rules Home Turf at Stop #1 of Rip Curl GromSearch

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 June, 2014 - Costa Mesa - The first stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by mophie was held for the first time in its 10-year-history at the famed sandbars on the South Side of Huntington Beach Pier. Highly rippable 2-3 foot peaks were on offer all weekend long as the nations top 16 & under grom’s competed for California regional titles. 

With a record setting attendance of 163 surfers in 4 divisions, it took advancing multiple rounds to reach the all-important final, which qualified the top four finalists to compete in the RCGS National Final to be held at Upper Trestles, San Clemente on October 25th. For the lucky winners in the Boys 16/U & Girls 16/U at the National Final, they will then be awarded an all expense paid trip to compete in the RCGS International Final, which has gone on the ‘Search,’ at an undisclosed location. 

Standing out above the pack in the boys 16 & under division was none other than GromSearch vet and HB local, Kanoa Igarashi. Igarashi used his local knowledge to continuously pick off the best waves while tearing apart the lineup. 

“I’m stoked to be able to compete in the GromSearch one final year at my home break,” announced a fired up Igarashi, “I’m also excited at the opportunity to compete at Uppers once again, and hopefully get one final shot to take the International GromSearch title.” 

Runner-up went to 13-year-old, and event iron-man, Tyler Gunter, who surfed to the final in two divisions. 3rd place went to the always-dangerous Nolan Rapoza, and rounding out the final in 4th was another HB local, Davis Freud. 

Ryland Rubens © Rip Curl


In the girls 16 & under, Maddie Peterson made the long trek from North Carolina to make her mark on the 2014 RCGS series. Peterson, a former GromSearch regional winner took down a stacked final and walked away with $250, and a huge bag of goods. Runner-up went to Steffi Kerson, 3rd, Meah Collins, and 4th Zoe McDougall. 

The boys 14 & under final was a nail biter, as first place was decided by a split panel of judges. Edging out the victory was Ryland Rubens who took down John Mel, Eithan Osborne, and Tyler Gunter. 

Not quite making the final, but walking away a winner nonetheless was 14-year-old, Sean Woods. Woods was awarded the mophie maneuver of the event for a critical tail-high air reverse, which he stuck on a very difficult section. Woods earned $50 for his efforts, as well as a custom RC x mophie backpack packed with mophie items such as the Helium Juice Pack iPhone case, and a mophie powerstation. 

The youngest division of the GromSearch, the boys 12 & under did not disappoint, as the groms surfed well beyond their years. Taking the big win was Hawaiian, Elijah Hanneman, who won every heat he surfed in! 2nd place went to Griffin Foy, 3rd Kade Matson, and 4th Wyatt McHale. 

Rip Curl couldn’t be happier with the record attendance, fun surf, and great event vibe, featuring America’s best 16 & under talent. Head to for post event coverage, future event info, photos, giveaways, and more. 

Rip Curl would like to thank its 2014 official sponsors: mophie, Smith Optics, Kicker Audio, Flexfit, Futures Fins, Surface Sun Systems, DHD Surfboards, Famous Surf, Hubert’s Lemonade, Banzai Bowls, Boardstix, and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. Be sure to head to, & to check out post event coverage. You can also be a part of the action by voting for the #SurflineMoment on Surfline’s Facebook page, and the Kitten Vs. Cub video competition on the Surfing Magazine website. We hope to see you at our next GromSearch event July 12th or 13th at Kewalos, Oahu. Sign ups available now at  



Boys 16/Under 
1. Kanoa Igarashi ($250) 
2. Tyler Gunter 
3. Nolan Rapoza 
4. Davis Freud 

Girls 16/Under 
1. Maddie Peterson ($250) 
2. Steffi Kerson 
3. Meah Collins 
4. Zoe McDougall 

Boys 14/Under 
1. Ryland Rubens ($250) 
2. John Mel 
3. Eithan Osborne 
4. Tyler Gunter 

Boys 12/Under 
1. Elijah Hanneman ($250) 
2. Griffin Foy 
3. Kade Matson 
4. Wyatt McHale 

mophie Maneuver of the Event: 
Sean Woods ($50) 

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