Finn Hill and crew make huge impact at latest grom event
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 October, 2017 - The Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Flight Centre saw a welcome increase in wave size today as the 14 and 16 Boys divisions went berserk in an attempt to move into the third day of competition.
Finn Hill (Avoca, NSW) set a huge benchmark in the 16 Boys division, posting a mammoth 17.33 two-wave heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to send a warning shot to his fellow competitors. Hill performed an array of fancy aerial manoeuvres to post the aforementioned score and take out his opening heat convincingly.
Hot on Hill’s heels was Jay Brown (Cronulla, NSW) who mustered up an impressive 15.33 two-wave total to also seal his position into the second round of competition.
Zeb Stokes (Buddina, Qld) made his journey south worthwhile, posting an impressive 15.83 heat total. As a result Stokes sealed his position into the third round.
Joining Stokes in the opening round winners circle was Jai Glinderman (Lennox Head, NSW), Byron Stapleton (Wamberal, NSW), Lennox Chell (Avoca, NSW), Logan Steinwede (Wagstaffe, NSW), Archer Curtis (Palm Beach, Qld), Jasper Giddy (Newport, NSW), Grayson Hinrichs (Bondi, NSW), Mike Clayton-Brown (Corlette, NSW), Bohdie Williams (Ocean Grove, Vic), Kai Allen (Mona Vale, NSW) and Marlon Harrison (Coolangatta, Qld).
The Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Flight Centre will commence each day at 7:30am with the call for the days schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am. The event hotline number is 0458 247 212 which will leave a voice recorded message each morning of the event.
All Rip Curl GromSearch events include boys’ and girls’ divisions in 16 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under age groups. Surfers receive points for their results in each event, which then count towards a National GromSearch ratings system, allowing surfers from around Australia to compare their results with contemporaries. Leaders on the National Ratings will then qualify for the last event of the series, the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final, to be held at Woonoona, NSW on January 15-17, 2017.
The Rip Curl GromSearch series started in 1999 as a one-day event at Jan Juc in Victoria. Since then it has developed into the strongest international series for 16 year and under surfers in the world. With parallel Rip Curl GromSearch series in over 10 countries, it has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of elite junior surfers.
The list of previous GromSearch competitors highlights the elite level of competitors that make up the Rip Curl GromSearch series.
Current WSL World Tour surfers who have competed in the Rip Curl GromSearch include:
Male: Matt Wilkinson (Australia), Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Kolohe Andino (USA), Felipe Toledo (Brazil), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Nat Young (USA).
Female: Tyler Wright (Australia), Stephanie Gilmore (Aust), Malia Manuel (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (Aust), Nikki Van Dijk (Aust), Tatiana Weston Webb (Hawaii).
The 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch series is presented by Flight Centre with managing partner Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.