RIP CURL GROMSEARCH NATIONAL FINAL HEATS UP AHEAD OF FINALS.

The Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Flight Centre National Final shifted south to Woonoona for the second day of competition today as some of Australia’s best and most promising grommets fought to earn a spot into tomorrow’s finals.
 
After fighting his way through the requalification rounds, Jamie Thomson (Narrabeen, NSW) proceeded to dominate his quarterfinal exchange, nailing a massive 15.94 two-wave heat total. Thomson threw down a handful of impressive forehand snaps and carves to notch up the aforementioned score and cement himself a position into the 16 Boys semi-finals where he’ll meet Indi White (Jan Juc, Vic).
 
Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW) and Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW) both kept their momentum snowballing through the quarterfinals today with both surfers posting heat totals in the 12-point range. Both surfers nailed an eclectic mix of snaps and carves in their respective exchanges to ensure they would make the final day of competition.
 
Lennix Smith (Barrack Point, NSW) flew the flag loud and proud for the local surfing contingent, nailing a solid 14.53 two-wave heat total in a stacked 14 Boys quarterfinal. Smith seamlessly linked together a chain of impressive backside snaps and carves in the heat to get the win ahead of Touma Cameron (Byron Bay, NSW), Marlon Harrison (Coolangatta, Qld) and Dembe Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW) who claimed second, third and fourth respectively.
 
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, Stanwell Park 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