Australia’s best junior surfers prepare for fifth and final stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch on the Sunshine Coast
The fifth and final stop of the 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch will hit the Sunshine Coast this Monday the 11th of November and run over five days. The event will see over 180 of Australia’s best junior surfers compete for their last chance at securing series ratings points across six divisions, ranging from Under 12 Girls to the blue ribbon Under 16 Boys.
Since it’s inception in 1999, the Australian Rip Curl GromSearch series has allowed junior surfers from around the country the opportunity to compete in a fun and engaging environment. Each result in the five-event series is awarded points that count towards a surfer’s GromSearch National rating, giving competitors the opportunity to compare their performances against their peers nation wide and opt for a place in the national final.
After the final event next week on the Sunshine Coast, the top ranked surfers will qualify for the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final (in their respective divisions), where they then compete for the chance to become the Australian GromSearch Champion when the national final kicks off in Wollongong on January 15th 2018.
“Each year we really look forward to this series coming to Queensland for the final stop. The calibre of surfing amongst the field is so high, it’s always a great test for our up and coming groms to battle it out against the best in the country,” said Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates.
The National Champion will then represent Australia at the Rip Curl GromSearch International Final, held at a new location around the globe each year, against the best junior surfers from each participating country.
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.
"I loved the GromSearch series as a kid. Travelling to different places, meeting new crew and having a good time on your holidays is what every grom wants to do," said professional surfer and current World Surf League (WSL) world number six Matt Wilkinson. "Throw in the chance to surf in the National final to try and represent Australia… it’s unreal!"
Participants can look forward to heaps of activities, plenty of giveaways, as well as hone their skills in the water. 2017 sees the introduction of a 'priority system' in several divisions across the series, allowing athletes to gain valuable experience with the same system used across all elite surfing events.
2017-18 Rip Curl GromSearch Series Dates:
EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - Sept 23 - 25, 2017
EVENT 2 - Maroubra, NSW - Sept 30 - Oct 3, 2017
EVENT 3 - Trigg Beach, WA - Oct 6 - 8, 2017
EVENT 4 - Yorke Peninsula, SA - Nov 4 - 5, 2017
EVENT 5 - Sun shine Coast, QLD - Dec 11 - 15, 2017
National Final - NSW coastline - Jan 15 - 17, 2018
The 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch series is presented by Flight Centre, with managing partner Surfng Australia and support partner SunBum.