Grom's treated to pumping surf on day 1 of the Rip Curl Grom Search presented by Flight Centre Yorke Penninsula

The 4th event of the Rip Curl GromSearch Series presented by Flight Centre kicked off at Ethels Beach, Yorke Peninsula South Aus yesterday. The grom’s were treated to pristine conditions and pumping surf making for an epic day.


Non-elimination heats for the 14/12 & Under divisions set the tone for an exciting weekend of surfing, with the 14 & Under Boys division hitting the water first up. Standout in the division was Winter Vincent dropping a 9 point ride in the first round, a seeding round where only 1 score counted.


In the 16 & Under Girls which is straight elimination Jazz Wylie and Arabella Wilson put on an impressive display of surfing dropping 8 and 9 point rides in the perfect conditions. South Aus surfers Mallie Brauer, Ruka Tatie and Digby Tooze ripped their way through to the quarter finals in the 16 & U boys elimination heats.


The 12 and Under division saw an impressive display of surfing with a number of standout performances. Seaford’s 9yr old Maia Taite,surfed her way through to the finals dominating her heats. 10 year old King Cairns from Christies narrowly missed out on a place in the semi’s in a high scoring heat showing that he is one to watch in the future.


 Sunday is finals day and we hope to be back at Ethels. The waves were unreal today, you couldn’t ask for anything better. Conditions look pretty similar for the final day.


2018 marks the Rip Curl GromSearch's 20th anniversary, making it one of the longest junior surfing series on the world. Over the years it has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers across the planet.


The list of previous GromSearch winners illustrates the significant 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 Fitzgibbons (Australia) among the list of former competitors and GromSearch International Final Champions.


Participants can look forward to activities, giveaways and the chance to meet surfers from all over the country at each event, as well as hone their skills in the water. Athletes will gain valuable experience with the same system of priority and judging used across all elite surfing events.


After the last event in Queensland, the top-ranked surfers 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. The National Champion then represents Australia at the Rip Curl GromSearch International Final, held at a new location around the globe each year, against the best junior surfers in each participating country. 


If you missed any of the action from the 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch in WA, you can watch the highlights package via the Surfing WA Vimeo Channel:


Surfing WA will be streaming live heat scores and results from the Rip Curl GromSearch so people can to follow the event anywhere on the planet. Be sure to check out to follow all the action as it happens.



Dates and locations for the 2018/19 GromSearch Series are:

EVENT 1 – Jan Juc, VIC - Sept 22 – 24, 2018

EVENT 2 – Newcastle, NSW - Sept 29 – Oct 2, 2018

EVENT 3 – Perth, 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 – Dates and location TBC


The 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch series is presented by FLIGHT CENTRE, and proudly supported by Surfing Australia and Surfing SA.


About the Rip Curl GromSearch:

The Rip Curl GromSearch series has been a great stepping stone for the recent champions of our sport. Former International GromSearch competitors who are currently competing on the WSL Championship Tour include: Gabriel Medina, Owen Wright, Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Felipe Toledo, Steph Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright, Malia Manuel, Laura Enever and Alana Blanchard. More information at