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Groms do battle on the Outer Banks for shot at Lowers slot

Jennette's Pier © Jacob Burke/Rip Curl



Rip Curl GromSearch
presented by Banzai Bowls

Jennette's Pier, Nags Head North Carolina
14 - 15 August 2015

North Carolina's best battle at GromSearch to earn points, money

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 August, 2015 - The fourth regional stop of the 2015 Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Banzai Bowls has wrapped up its season at Jenette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC. The final stop of the qualifying series found itself once again with a stacked field of 81 contestants.

A handful of California’s top juniors made flights east for a last chance to qualify for a coveted spot at the RCGS National Final set to be held at Upper Trestles on October 24th. Luckily, a nice A-frame sand bar with a north-east wind swell offered 1-2 foot contestable waves for the nation’s top talent. 

RCGS defending 2014 14 and Under National Champion, Ryland Rubens (San Diego, CA) flew across country with one goal in mind, and he came to play. Rubens charged through his heats and sealed the 16 and Under victory in an extremely stacked division. 

“It was really fun traveling to North Carolina. It was my first time there and the vibe was really good. It’s quite a bit different than California, so I had to change my mindset a bit to surf the grindy conditions.” 

Coming Runner up was Barbados stand out, Che Allan, 3rd went to South Carolina’s Luke Gordon, and 4th went to GromSearch staple Kei Kobayashi. 

During last week’s RCGS event in NSB, Florida, Avery Aydelotte lost in a close Girls 16 and Under semifinal bout. This week she drove up the coast, took a narrow victory over Molly Kirk and made sure she qualified for the National Final. 3rd place went to Maddie Malazia, and 4th to Logan Harris. 

The boys 14 and Under final was the stand out heat of the event. Bajan Jacob Burke (Barbados) versus North Carolina local, Bo Raynor put on a show for the crowd. During one exchange Burke nailed a perfect 10, while Raynor scored an 8.8 on the wave after. Luckily Burke’s back up score was just enough to edge out Raynor and take home the $250 prize money. This was Burke’s first GromSearch victory and he sure earned it. Coming in 3rd was Seth Brown, and 4th the event’s only double finalist Sebastian Mendes. 

Speaking of Mendes, ‘Bash’ went bonkers on his backhand during the 12 and Under final to claim the title over Laird Myers, Robbie Goodwin, and Kyle Tester. 

With four qualifying events in the books, and 64 national invitations on offer, Rip Curl is excited for this year’s National Final October 24th, Upper Trestles, San Clemente. With 20 minute - four man heats, and a live webcast to top it off, the National final will be reminiscent of a WSL pro event. 

Rip Curl would like to thank our official sponsors: Banzai Bowls, Smith Optics, Kicker Audio, Futures Fins, Surface Sun Systems, mophie, Famous Surf, Flexfit, DHD Surfboards, and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. 

Make sure to check out and for post event coverage as well as Surfline’s Facebook page to vote for the #SurflineMoment of the GromSearch. 

Boys 16 & Under 
1. Ryland Rubens ($250) 
2. Che Allan 
3. Luke Gordon 
4. Kei Kobayashi 

Girls 16 & Under 
1. Avery Aydelotte ($250) 
2. Molly Kirk 
3. Maddie Malazia 
4. Logan Harris 

Boys 14 & Under 
1. Jacob Burke ($250) 
2. Bo Raynor 
3. Seth Brown 
4. Sebastian Mendes 

Boys 12 & Under 
1 Sebastian Mendes ($250) 
2. Laird Myers 
3. Robbie Goodwin 
4. Kyle Tester 

Banzai Bowls Maneuver of the Event 
Luke Gordon ($300) 

Robin Senour

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