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Rip Curl New Zealand Gromsearch Series #3 next week







Rip Curl GromSearch Series

Boys and Girls Under 16, 14 and 12
Date:   Event Three 1st and 2nd of October
Location: Gisborne


Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 September, 2005 : - - With two events completed in the Rip Curl GromSearch, things are starting to heat up.  The groms are hunting out a trip to Bells Beach Australia to represent New Zealand at the international GromSearch final.  The top four surfers in the Under 16 boys and girls get invited to the national final which will be held in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro in February.  The winners of the finals will be awarded entry into the international event at Bells which is held in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro – Bells Beach, Victoria Australia next Easter! 

Gisborne is the stage for round three of the New Zealand series.  Groms will come from far and wide after a relatively quiet winter period event wise.  New Zealand’s top juniors including Paco Divers (Sandy Bay), Ryan Hawker (Piha), Billy Stairmand (Rag), Tim O’Conner (Mnt) and Paige Hareb (Tara) will use the event as a final hit out before heading to the World Junior Championships only three days later. 

Contested over six divisions, there will be a stack of happy groms making the most of the school holidays.  For the Under 14 and Under 12 boys and girls, competition will be fierce as each one of them looks to stave off their counterparts.  Best of friends on land turn into nothing more than a colour in the water and a mere rival standing in their way of progression to the ultimate prize. 

The Under 14 Boys will be out to knock Ryan Hawker off the top perch that he has held all year long.  It will be a tough ask for the likes of Stefan White (WGM), Mathis Smith (Tara) and local Adam Cranston who have not been able to snatch a win from Hawker all year.  It is a different story for the top four Under 14 Girls with all having secured a win this year.  However it is a late charge from Maddy Phillips (Piha) that has seen her take out the last three events ahead of the likes of Grace Spiers (WGM), Renee Pearson (Gis) and Annie Stuart (Auck). 

For the Under 12s, Tane Wallis (Piha) will want to get the number one spot back from Ben Poulter (Waihi Bch) after missing the last event while Ben’s sister Alexis will look to make it three in a row and narrow the gap between her and current number one Grace Spiers. 

An entry form for the event is attached to this email.  Please note entry closing dates of September 23.  Entrants can also obtain entry forms from the official Surfing New Zealand website ­

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, Alternatively contact Event Three Contest Director Andy Cranston on 0272733192 or

Background information 

The Rip Curl GromSearch is the longest running grommet series in New Zealand. The series comprises four events in 2005.  Events are scheduled for 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.

Check the below details for final event in the series.
Rip Curl GromSearch Event Four, Dunedin, 10th – 11th December
The 2005 Rip Curl GromSearch is sponsored by Rip Curl and New Zealand Surfing Magazine. 

Event Two would not be possible without the support of Gisborne Boardriders and Surfing New Zealand.

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Ben Kennings

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