Rip Curl GromSearch heats up at Jan Juc
Rip Curl GromSearch
Presented by Telstra
Jan Juc, Victoria Australia
4 - 7 October 2012
Rip Curl GromSearch into Finals Frenzy at Jan Juc
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 October, 2012 : - - The Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Telstra is poised for an epic last day as competitors battled for a finals spot on day 2 of the three-day event at Jan Juc. Every division surfed the second round heats on a blustery day at Jan Juc and with the finals tomorrow being decided by combined results from both rounds 1 & 2, all competitors were desperate to lock in a win and guarantee a spot. The premier 16 boys and girls divisions were first in the water and utilised the cleaner conditions to post the best scores of the day.
Joe Van Dijk (Phillip Island) made up for a below-par performance in round one with a strong win proving just enough to get him into the final eight surfers tomorrow. Fellow Victorians Cody Robertson and Tristan Forras from Jan Juc followed suit, with Forras sneaking in as the eighth and final seed.
Joining him with a strong second round was series leader Kai Hing (Sunshine Coast, Qld), Jackson Baker (Merewether, NSW) and Riley Laing (The Entrance, NSW). Luke Hynd (Burleigh Heads, Qld) ended the day as the top qualifier and will lead off tomorrow’s semi-final as the number one seed.
He was happy to lock in the spot after falling short in the first event of the series in Cronulla: “I’m happy to have a few good heats leading up to the finals, hopefully the waves stay fun and I can keep the momentum going, which is something I didn’t do in Cronulla.”
Harry Bryant (Noosa, Qld) was again awarded the Telstra ‘Wave of the Day’ for his progressive surfing, trying for an 8-point ride with a difficult ‘Air Reverse’ to finish his heat, the judges had him just short with a 7.40 which again saw him have to settle for second place. With two second-place finishes he ended up as the 11th seed and outside of the top eight qualifiers.
Other notable performers to fall just short of qualification were Tom Harrison and Jemimah Hutchins, both from neighbouring Barwon Heads. They typified the spirit of the Rip Curl GromSearch Series by giving their all through two rounds and relishing the chance for the exposure against the best talent in the country.
Lucy Callister (Sunshine Coast, Qld) followed up a strong performance qualifying as the top seed in the 14’s division, with a win in the FIVE:AM Expression Session. She and her brother Nick scooped the pool and won the male and female awards as the best overall surfers. All finals will be decided tomorrow.
The Rip Curl GromSearch series is presented by Telstra, with five:am Organic Yoghurt. Event partners Penny Skateboards, Polaroid cameras and DHD surfboards provide support and ASL magazine is the online media partner.
Source: Surfing Australia
Author: The Editors
Tags: Rip Curl GromSearch, Surfing Australia, Rip Curl