Groms froth in Nags Head slop for Rip Curl event

Jennette's Pier © Rip Curl

Rip Curl GromSearch
Presented by Mophie

Rip Curl GromSearch Series
Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, North Carolina
17 August, 2013

Rip Curl Gromsearch: Outer Banks North Carolina

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 August, 2013 : - - The final stop of the 2013 Rip Curl GromSearch presented by mophie just wrapped up the season in incredible fashion. The fourth and final stop of the series found itself back to Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The 84 contestants walked over the sandy dunes to be presented with highly rippable 2-4 foot storm surf. Contest organizers feared for a potential downpour, but the rain held off and conditions remained punchy all day long. With the remaining 16 RCGS National invitations up for grabs, the boys and girls went blow for blow until the final horn sounded.

The final heat of the day showcased the potential of today’s 16 & under boy’s surfing talent. All four finalists scored over 14 points, as 7’s, 8’s, and 9’s filtered through their score lines. In the end, power surfing reigned supreme, as RCGS veteran, Nic Hdez, (Santa Cruz, CA), threw down the ‘man-hack’ of the event, unmatched by his competition. Hdez, competing in the RCGS for a record-breaking 10th year, traveled across the country to give himself one last shot to qualify for the Nationals, and hopefully the International GromSearch Final held in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, 2014.

“I believe I have what it takes to win Bells. Especially since the National Champs and International Champs are both held at quality right points,” Hdez stated, comparing the RCGS Championship locations with his Santa Cruz home point breaks. “Winning the GS title at Bells Beach is a huge victory. I’ve been so jealous the past couple of years watching my international peers compete. I just want to qualify for it so I have the opportunity to win it!”

Coming up just short for the runner-up spot with two 8-point rides was Barbados stand out, Josh Burke. Last weekend’s double finalist at stop #3 New Smyrna Beach, Che Allan (Barbados), took 3rd and rounding out the final in 4th was the talented Luke Gordon, (Pawley’s Island, SC).

For the first time, the mophie Maneuver of the Event went to a surfer who was not flying through the sky, or hitting the lip. The OBX mophie Maneuver of the Event went to Matthew Glenn for an impressive deep barrel complete with a claim to the judges. Unfortunately for Glenn he didn’t advance to the finals, but for his effort he walked away with a custom Rip Curl/mophie backpack stuffed with $50 cash and a ton of prizes courtesy of mophie.

The Girls 16 & Under final was another close battle with Maddie Peterson holding on for the title. Coming up just short in 2nd with a split decision from the judging panel was Emory McClary, 3rd went to Piper Austin and 4th Izzie Gomez. All four receive invites to the National Final and the chance to score the golden ticket to fly to Australia on Rip Curl’s dime for the International Final at Bells Beach.

The surfing in the Boys 14 & under division secures the belief that the East Coast talent has a strong future. With a heated battle between Luke Gordon and Stevie Pittman, the surfers duked it out in the doubled up conditions. However, Gordon was able to connect multiple big maneuvers on a left into the pier to secure the victory. With Pittman taking the runner up spot, 3rd went to double finalist Che Allan, and 4th Gabriel Morvil.

In the youngest division, the Boys 12 & under, all four grom’s were within one point of the victory. In another split decision, Bo Raynor reigned supreme, as Stevie Pittman came up just short again to take 2nd, 3rd place went to Jacob Burke, and 4th place to Micah Cantor.

With four qualifying events in the books and 64 national invitations on offer, Rip Curl is excited for this year’s National Final October 26th, at Upper Trestles, San Clemente, Calif. With 20-minute, four man heat format, and a live webcast to top it off, the National final is the perfect platform to launch these groms into ASP WQS competition.

Rip Curl would like to thank all of the groms and their families for continuing to show up to the GromSearch year after year. Rip Curl would also like to thank our official sponsors: mophie, Smith Optics, Kicker Audio, Futures Fins, Waterman’s Applied Science, Hubert’s Lemonade, Banzai Bowls, Surfing Magazine,, and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. A big thanks goes out to Famous Surf Wax for providing GromSearch with custom wax this year.

Boys 16 & Under
1. Nic Hdez ($250)
2. Josh Burke
3. Che Allan
4. Luke Gordon

Girls 16 & Under
1. Maddie Peterson ($250)
2. Emory McClary
3. Piper Austin
4. Izzie Gomez

Boys 14 & Under
1. Luke Gordon ($250)
2. Stevie Pittman
3. Che Allan
4. Gabriel Morvil

Boys 12 & Under
1. Bo Raynor ($250)
2. Stevie Pittman
3. Jacob Burke
4. Micah Cantor

Mophie Maneuver of the Event
Matthew Glenn

Source: Rip Curl

Author: Matt Myers

Tags: Rip Curl GromSearch, Nags Head, Mophie

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