Twentieth Year Of Rip Curl GromSearch Set To Get Underway

 Kicking off on September 22nd in Jan Juc, Victoria, the 2018/19 Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Flight Centre is set for another epic year of high-level competition. 

The Rip Curl GromSearch National Series presented by Flight Centre is a prestigious event series giving 16-and-under surfers a chance to compete against their nations’ best, and 2018 marks its 20th year running. One of the longest Junior Surfing Series in the world, it has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers.

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.

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.

The Australian National series will feature five stops in the key surfing regions of Jan Juc (VIC), Newcastle (NSW), Trigg Beach (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. Athletes will gain valuable experience with the same system of priority and judging used across all elite surfing events.

Two time WSL Women’s World Champion Tyler Wright recalls her time competing as a junior surfer in the GromSearch series. “It was such a cool opportunity to get to compete in different areas around Australia at such a young age. It was definitely the best way to prepare for competition on the QS and the CT, and it was a really fun environment too.”

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.

Entry details, event format and further information on entry procedures will be available in the coming weeks.

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 – Trigg Beach, 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, with managing partner Surfing Australia.