Some of Australia’s best and most promising young surfers will congregate in the Illawarra region next week to contest the 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch National Final pres. by Flight Centre.
Over 50 aspiring professional surfers from all over the country will contest the three-day event, which will run in the Illawarra region from the 15th – 17th January.
Having recently taken out the Under-18 Girls Australian Junior Title, Central Coast surfer Molly Picklum is looking forward to heading south to try and claim herself her maiden victory in the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final.
"The Rip Curl GromSearch National Final is one of the most hotly contested events in the country and I would love to get a title to take home before I'm too old to compete in the series," said Picklum. "The level of surfing in these events is so high and I can't wait for it all to get underway next week." 
The main base for the National Final of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Flight Centre is Woonoona and Sandon Point with backup locations of Bellambi, Port Kembla and Thirroul.  
All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.
With parallel Rip Curl GromSearch Series in over 10 countries, the series has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers right across the globe. 

The list of previous GromSearch winners illustrates the prestigious history of the series, with World Surf League (WSL) competitors Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Tyler Wright (Australia), Owen Wright (Australia), Matt Wilkinson (Australia), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Kolohe Andino (USA) and Sally Fitz gibbons (Australia) among the list of former competitors and Grom Search International Final Champions.
The Australian series is made up of five events as well as a National final. Participants for the National final are determined from the GromSearch ratings, counting a surfers best 2 results across the series. In 2018 the winner of each division in each respective event of the series will be guaranteed entry into the National final, their seed in the National final will be determined by their best 2 results total on the 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch Rankings.

The 2018 Rip Curl Gromsearch is presented by Flight Centre, with managing partner Surfing Australia. 
2018 Rip Curl Gromsearch Presented by Flight Centre Series Schedule: 
EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - Sept 22 - 24, 2018 
EVENT 2 - Newcastle, NSW - Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2018 
EVENT 3 - Trigg / Scarborough, WA - Oct 5 - 7, 2018 
EVENT 4 - Yorke Peninsula, SA - Oct 27 - 28, 2018 
EVENT 5 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - Dec 14 - 18, 2018 
NATIONAL FINAL – Wollongong Region, NSW - January 14 – 16, 2019