RIP CURL GROMSEARCH SET TO RAISE THE BAR FOR ANOTHER NATIONAL SERIES
COOLANGATTA/QLD (June 14/2017):From September 23 Australian beaches will host the cream of the crop in junior surfing, as the 2017/18 Rip Curl GromSearch Series presented by Flight Centre gets underway.
The prestigious National series will feature five stops in the key surfing regions of Jan Juc (VIC), Maroubra (NSW), Trigg /Scarborough (WA), Yorke Peninsula (SA) and the Sunshine Coast (QLD). 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. 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.
Professional surfer and current WSL world number five Matt Wilkinson commented… “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. Then throw in the chance to surf the National final to try and represent Australia… it’s unreal!"
The Australian series allows surfers from around the country to compete against their contemporaries 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 participants across the country the opportunity to compare their performances against their peers. 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.
With parallel Rip Curl GromSearch Series in over 10 countries, it has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers. The list of previous GromSearch winners illustrates the prestigious history of the series, with World Surf League (W! SL) 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.
Working in conjunction with Surfing Australia, the Rip Curl GromSearch includes divisions in 16-and-under, 14-and-under and 12-and-under, for both boys and girls.
Entry details, event format and further information on entry procedures will be available in the coming weeks.
2017-18 Rip Curl GromSearch Series Dates:
RCGS - EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - Sept 23 - 25, 2017
RCGS - EVENT 2 - Maroubra, NSW - Sept 30 - Oct 3, 2017
RCGS - EVENT 3 - Trigg / Scarborough WA - Oct 6 - 8, 2017
RCGS - EVENT 4 - Yorke Peninsula, SA - Nov 4 - 5, 2017
RCGS - EVENT 5 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - Dec 11 - 15, 2017
RCGS - National Final - NSW coastline - Jan 15 - 17, 2018
The 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch Series is presented by Flight Centre.