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Rip Curl GromSearch announces Aussie dates

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Surfing Australia Updates

New venues added to the 2014 schedule

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 June, 2014 -  Dates for the Rip Curl GromSearch Series, presented by POSCA, have been announced for the 2014 season and include a stand-alone National Final in Sydney to finish the series this summer. The five-event series starts at Jan Juc beach in VIC, moves through NSW, WA and South Australia before running the last event on the Sunshine Coast, QLD in December. 

Leaders on the National Ratings will then qualify for the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final, to be held at North Narrabeen on January 12-14, 2015. 

Since its inception as a one day event in Victoria in 1999, the GromSearch series has developed into the strongest international series of events for 16 year and under surfers around the world. With parallel Rip Curl GromSearch series in over 10 countries, it has become a crucial stepping stone in the development of junior surfers. 

The series allows surfers from throughout Australia to compete against their contemporaries and compare their results in a fun and engaging environment. The list of previous GromSearch competitors also illustrates that those surfers progressing to the finals are on the right track with current ASP World Tour competitors Owen Wright, Tyler Wright, Jordy Smith, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and current ASP World No.1 Gabriel Medina all coming through the GromSearch series. 

A point current ASP World Champion Mick Fanning noted: “The Rip Curl GromSearch events are a great way to run a junior surfing series.“Competitors get multiple surfs, froth out down the beach with their mates and then they narrow things down to the elite crew in the finals. It seems like half the current ASP World Tour surfers competed in the GromSearch when they were younger. It's an awesome series.” 

Working in conjunction with Surfing Australia, the Rip Curl GromSearch includes boys’ and girls’ divisions in 16 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under. The series includes a National Ratings system, which will be used to qualify surfers for the National Final at North Narrabeen. 

“This is a prestigious series on the Australian surfing calendar and Surfing Australia is proud to be continuing its support,” said Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark. “The Rip Curl GromSearch Series has a rich history in Australia and we are pleased to see it back bigger and better for summer 2014-15.”

The first event is set for Jan Juc, September 20-22. Online entries for all events will be available via the respective Surfing Australia State branch websites from 12pm (AEST), July 7.

The 2013 Rip Curl GromSearch Series is presented by POSCA (Mitsubishi Pencil Australia) with managing partner Surfing Australia and associate partner FireWire Surfboards. 

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

Tim Brimblecombe

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