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2004 Rip Curl NZ GromSearch Series finalize at Maori Bay

Rip Curl Gromsearch Series

Surfing New Zealand
Boys and Girls Under 16, 14 and 12
Maori Bay, Muriwai Beach, Auckland
11 - 12 December 2004

2004 Rip Curl GromSearch Series comes to an end at Maori Bay

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 December 2004: - - The final contest of the Rip Curl Gromsearch Series was held during the weekend 30 km west of Auckland at Maori Bay. Being the last event of the series some grommets were chasing vital points to take out the series while others were looking at improving their rankings to be better placed for next year’s events.

However there was more at stake for the Under 16 Boys and Girls series winners with airline tickets and entry up for grabs into the International Rip Curl Gromsearch event to be held at the WCT Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach Australia in April 2005.

Strong onshore winds coupled with a big shifting swell on day 1 had event organisers deliberating and implementing safety measures which resulted in the start of the contest being put on hold until 12 pm Saturday afternoon. The wind hampered any attempts to put up event advertising and contest equipment whilst the huge swell sent anxiety through competitors, spectators and parents.

By the afternoon with the safety measures in place and the predicted moderation of the wind and swell event organisers had the contest underway and managed to complete the U16 Boys round one and quarter finals.

Day two had seen conditions mellow slightly and a reduction in the force of the wind provided manageable swell which allowed the younger age groups the option to surf the inside reform and the more experienced surfers to go out the back and search for the bigger and more powerful waves. There were some very impressive performances throughout the 6 divisions, which identified a definite group of boys and girls that will shine through in the future.

Rip Curl Event Manager Leon Parkin was pleased with the outcome of the event and with the safety measures that were implemented to cater for the conditions and age group surfers.

Parkin has been behind the presentation and delivery of the Rip Curl Gromsearch Series since its introduction into New Zealand in 2001. Parkin commented that the Rip Curl Gromsearch events focus on participation in the sport of surfing and are held worldwide. The events are an excellent introduction for youngsters to meet other surfers and compete against each other and for families to establish life long friendships.

Kieran Vander Helder (Raglan) and Daisy Thomas (ChCh) were the eventual series winners of the U16 Boys and Girls division and walked away with the tickets and entry into the International Rip Curl Gromsearch event to be held at the WCT Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach Australia in April 2005.

The weekend’s event would not have been possible without the support of Maori Bay Boardriders and Surfing New Zealand. With the 2004 series completed competitors are looking forward to the 2005 series, which kicks off in Taranaki in April. The Rip Curl Gromsearch Series is brought to you by Rip Curl, Nintendo and New Zealand Surfing Magazine.

For further information regarding the Rip Curl Gromsearch Series, please contact: Leon Parkin at  

Competition news, results and photos will be available on while heat draws and results can be viewed on  

Finals Results

U12 Boys Grand Final
NAME                    Pl    Score
Jonny Hicks, Gis            1    6
Karne Pitcher, Whmata        2    2.5
Ben Poulter, Waihi Bch        3    2.15
Mark Pathmore, Tara        4    1.85

U14 Boys Grand Final
Name                    Pl    Score
Ryan Hawker, Piha            1    12.85
Paco Divers, Sandy Bay        2    12.75
Oliver Bone, Sandy Bay        3    6.25
Michael Mallalieu, Tara        4    1

U16 Boys Grand final
Name                    Pl    Score
Ryan Hawker, Piha            1    10.5
Jaia Steevens, Gis            2    8.05
Wiremu Bowers-Rakatau, GB    3    6.1
Hugo Phillipps, Akl            4    4

U12 Girls Final
Name                    Pl    Score
Georgia Cooper, Piha        1    9.25
Grace Spiers, Whmata        2    6
Samantha Sanderson W/Bch    3    5.2
Alexis Poulter, Waihi Bch        4    3.8

U14 Girls Grand Final
Name                    Pl    Score
Paige Hareb, Taranaki        1    10.15
Maddy Phillips, Auck        2    4
Alexis Poulter, Waihi Bch        3    3.7
India Wray - Murane, Muri        4    3.4

U16 Girls Final
Name                    Pl    Score
Wini Paul, Sandy Bay        1    7.5
Paige Hareb, Tara            2    7.5
Daisy Thomas, ChCh        3    6.45
Georgia Butt, Auck            4    2.65
Anita Crawford, Tara        5    2.4

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