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Action continues to rise at Rip Curl GromSearch Cronulla


Ellie Jean Coffey : photo Michael Tyrpenou

Rip Curl GromSearch
Presented by Snickers

Surfing New South Wales
Cronulla New South Wales
17 - 20 January 2009

Rip Curl GromSearch Series presented by SNICKERS continues to rise

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 January, 2009 : - - Big crowds, big scores and excellent surfing saw the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by SNICKERS taken to another today at Cronulla. With postcard-esque conditions illuminating the second day of competition, the premier junior surfers in Australia came to the party.

Emily Clapoudis (Port Macquarie, NSW) was on fire in the first heat of the morning -sizzling as the temperatures soared. “The conditions were so fun out there this morning,” she said. “I just tried to have as much fun as possible and enjoy my surfing.”

Japanese surfer Nao Oomura was in sensational form today, highlighting the international flavour of the event and the rise of the Asian surfing countries. Battling the best grommets in the land, Oomura held her own  - progressing her way to the quarterfinals.

Elllie-Jean Coffey (Narrabeen, NSW) continued to impress again with another dominant performance in the 16 years and under division. Accruing the highest heat score of the female half of the draw, with a 17.00 (out of a possible 20), Coffey looked in sparkling form as she easily progressed through to the quarterfinals.

Also in fine form was Cody Klein (Kingscliff, NSW) who also shone brightly amongst some of the best junior female surfers in the country. Klein dominated her early morning heat from the get-go, racking up a huge combined heat total of 15.57(out of a possible 20).

Having already travelled to six locations across Australia, the prestigious Rip Curl GromSearch Series will be decided, over the next four days, with the race for the ratings lead extremely tight – with all divisions still up for grabs.

As the grommets battle it out for a place in the National Final to be held at Bells Beach during the prestigious ASP World Tour event - the Rip Curl Pro  - there will also be plenty of fun and frivolity taking place at Cronulla.

“Everyone loves doing these competitions because you get to surf against tough competitions and have a lot of fun,” Clapoudis continued. "I really want to do well in this event so that I can qualify for the National Final in Bells, ” she added as she looks to the future.

Each day there’ll be a SNICKERS wave of the day awarded to one surfer who performs outstandingly on a single wave and the SNICKERS expression sessions will again feature, encouraging progressive moves from Australia’s hottest young talents.

In the boys division local lad Connor O’Leary (Cronulla, NSW) used all of his local nous and surfing excellence to blow the competition away. Securing a birth in the semi-finals of the 16 years and under division, O’Leary was smoking on his backhand en-route to a 15.83 (out of a possible 20).

he Rip Curl GromSearch presented by SNICKERS from 17 – 21 January 2009. For more information be sure to log onto  The Rip Curl GromSearch series is proudly presented by SNICKERS in association with Waves Magazine, Fuel TV, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW

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Michael Tyrpenou

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