Three-Day special event hits Narrabeen January 2015
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 December, 2014 - Three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning is throwing his support behind junior surfing in Australia, by hosting the prestigious Rip Curl GromSearch National final that concludes the Rip Curl GromSearch series, presented by POSCA.
The Mick Fanning GromSearch National final will see the top-rated surfers of the 2014 Rip Curl GromSearch series compete in a three-day specialty event at North Narrabeen beach on January 12-14, 2015, which will determine the National GromSearch Champions in all divisions.
Mick is currently in Hawaii preparing for the last event of the ASP World Tour, the Pipeline Masters, where he will attempt to win his fourth ASP World Title.
When asked about his motivation to put his name to the GromSearch National final, Mick commented from the Rip Curl house on the North Shore: “Grom events are the pathway to the elite ranks. My career started in these grassroots, fun events so I believe in them and want to support the next generation of talent.
“I’m always taking an interest in who is coming up through the ranks and turning heads in the surf.
“I’ve run training programs with kids before, then ended up surfing against them in World Tour heats. That’s a really rewarding process and one of the reasons I was so keen to work with Rip Curl on the National GromSearch final.”
Throughout the 2014 GromSearch series surfers have been working towards securing a spot in the National final at North Narrabeen in January, with a surfer’s best two event results counting towards their final 2014 GromSearch ratings.
The new look National final will allow all GromSearch divisions to vie for the title with the top 10 rated surfers in the Boys 16 and under (16’s), 14’s and 12’s divisions, as well as the Girls 16’s division all qualifying for the National final, along with 2 wildcards in each.
They will be joined by the top six rated girls in the 14’s and 12’s divisions.
The 16 and under division Champions will then go on to represent Australia at the International Rip Curl GromSearch final to be held in 2015. The Champions of the 14’s division will be invited to an elite training camp run by Mick Fanning in early February.
The 2014 Rip Curl GromSearch series is presented by POSCA (Mitsubishi Pencil Australia), with managing partner Surfing Australia and associate partners FireWire surfboards, Shapers Fins and ASL magazine.
2014 RIP CURL GROMSEARCH SERIES
EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - September 20-22, 2014 (note - 16 girls division scheduled for Sep 22)
EVENT 2 - Cronulla, NSW - October 2-5, 2014
EVENT 3 - Trigg Point, WA - October 10-12, 2014
EVENT 4 - Yorkes Peninsula, SA - November 15-16, 2014
EVENT 5 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - December 15 -19, 2014
National Final - North Narrabeen, NSW - January 12 -14, 2015