Mick Fanning claims victory at the J-Bay Open
18 July 2016
Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning has returned to South Africa to win the WSL J'Bay Open in challenging conditions.
JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa (Saturday, July 16, 2016) - Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) has won the J'Bay Open, stop No. 6 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), defeating John John Florence (HAW) in an exciting Final in three-to-four foot (1 metre) surf at Jeffreys Bay.
The incredible victory comes a year after a dramatic incident during the 2015 J-Bay Open Final where Fanning was attacked on live television by what is believed to be a Great White Shark.
“It’s definitely a very different feeling this win,”said Fanning. “There was a real emotional build up coming back here this year. That Semifinal with Julian was really special and it was wonderful to have a heat with him again. Definitely some emotions went into it paddling out and it was just really special having a surf with him out there and both of us come in safe. I’m stoked that I got to come back and right the wrongs that happened last year. I’ve done that now so I can move on.”
The win today is Fanning’s 22nd Championship Tour victory and his fourth at the J-Bay Open, which sees him equal Slater’s record of four event wins at Jeffreys Bay. Fanning defeated Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Julian Wilson (AUS) en route to the Final today.
Fanning, who is taking a personal year in 2016 and only surfing in select events this season, leaps up from 16th to 5th place on the WSL Jeep Leaderboard.
“I just want to thank everyone that has supported me over the past year" - Fanning
“It’s awesome to be in 5th place but I don’t really care about results this year,”said Fanning. “I just want to thank everyone who has supported me over the past year, I’ve had so much support, and I’m looking forward to celebrating. For me this year feels a lot lighter not going for a world title so I’m really enjoying my surfing and having a lot of fun. I’ll be surfing at Trestles and I think that might be my last event of the year. World titles aren’t the biggest thing for me at the moment - I’m all about enjoying my surfing.”
Today’s runner-up finish for Florence sees him move up to second place on the Jeep Leaderboard for the first time in his career and close the gap on ratings leader Matt Wilkinson (AUS) heading into the next event on the CT, the Billabong Pro Tahiti.
Fanning got things started in the Final with a solid 7.17 but Florence answered with a technical aerial maneuver followed by two aggressive turns and was rewarded with an 8.50 and the lead. The Australian went on to find the wave of the Final and unleash his trademark turns on the walls of Jeffreys Bay to secure a near-perfect 9.93 and an impressive advantage. Florence fought back with an air reverse with eight minutes remaining to post a back-up score but it wasn’t enough to take first place. The final exchange saw Fanning race down the line while Florence delivered two full-rail carves and another air reverse. Florence earned an 8.63 but the score fell short and Fanning took the win with a 17.70 heat total.
The next stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will be the Vans US Open of Surfing, which will see the world’s best female surfers resume this season’s title race from July 25 - 31.
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com or contact email@example.com.
J-Bay Open Final Results:
1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.70
2: John John Florence (HAW) 17.13
WSL Jeep Leaderboard Top 5 (after J-Bay Open):
1. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 34,250 pts
2. John John Florence (HAW) 31,900 pts
3. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 29,200 pts
4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 24,400 pts
5. Mick Fanning (AUS) 23,450 pts
2016 European #GromSearch Croyde, UK
12 July 2016
UK Grom Search kicks off in Croyde
The surfers may have been small in stature, but the surfing and atmosphere was larger than life over the weekend as Croyde played host to the first Grom Search event of 2016. The Rip Curl Grom Search series is renowned globally for being a concoction of all things wonderful in our sport and this event was no different. The competitions not only provides elite level international opportunity, but a friendly, welcoming and enjoyable experience for the youth of surfing.
Surf events in the summer are all about lucking into swell, and Mother Nature turned out to be in a generous but mischievous mood, leading to two full days of surf but a split location event.
Saturday was a day for the mass entry to enjoy with the biggest Grom Search entry to date, resulting in the 20 minute 4 man heats and action from the word go. The sun came out to say hello from time to time and the wind blew and blew as the surfers surfed and surfed some more. Surfers progressed through heats as the tide dropped and although challenging at times, the surf provided relentless scoring potential.
As the solid forecast became reality a call late in the day was made to relocate the entire event site to the nearby more sheltered beach of Puttsborough. An evening of setting up and watching the sets roll in increased the anticipation of what the finals day may hold, and boy did it deliver.
3-5ft pumping high tide surf was the case for most of the Sunday. Putsborough is a natural and stunning amphitheatre which meant that surfers, staff and spectators could watch and admire the courage, commitment and skills of the young surfers from an elevated and close proximity. The competitors from under 12 to under 16 years of age were not only faced with waves way bigger that than themselves, but began to tame it and shred apart the open faces, arising to the challenge in true Grom Search style.
U16 girls winner Ellie Turner
We would like to congratulate Ellie Turner and Seth Morris on taking maximum points in the Under 16 divisions and who now go to Watergate Bay for the final event in search of the two 16’s boys and girl’s tickets to the European finals. Max Hudson and Kitty Brewer taking respective 2nd place finishes and to all the other surfers for earning their Grom Search ranking points.
U16 boys winner Seth Morris
We would also like to thank the surfers, parents, staff, land owners and supporters for making such an enjoyable and memorable event. We look forward to seeing you in Watergate Bay on August 20th & 21st where UK champions will be crowned.
U12 Girls: 1st Lauren Sandland 2nd Tegan Blackford 3rd Eva Blackford 4th Asha Sykes 5th Claudia Cosgrove
U12 Boys: 1st Sam Hearn 2nd Bertie Norman 3rd Thomas Reeves 4th Beau Betteridge
U14 Girls: 1st Ffion Hughes 2nd Bonita Whitelock 3rd Lauren Sandland 4th Tegan Blackford
U14 Boys: 1st Sol Hawkins 2nd Woody New 3rd Max Hudson 4th Sam Hearn
U16 Girls 1st Ellie Turner 2nd Kitty Brewer 3rd Mischa Maguire 4th Ffion Hughes
U16 Boys: 1st Seth Morris 2nd Max Hudson 3rd Kit Innes 4th Patrick Langdon Dark
Wright wins Rio Pro and moves to number one
18 May 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – A heated final at the Oi Rio Women’s Pro, the fourth stop on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, saw Tyler Wright (AUS) claim victory at Barra da Tijuca defeating Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in a hard-fought Final
The win in Rio is Wright’s third of the season, following previous triumphs on the Gold Coast and at Bells Beach. Back-to-back event wins see her take first place on the Jeep Leaderboard and Wright will wear the leader jersey at the upcoming Fiji Women’s Pro. Wright previously dispatched Carissa Moore (HAW) and Johanne Defay (FRA) en route to the Final.
“This is the best I’ve ever felt,” Wright said. “Over the last six months so many things have happened and it has given me a lot of perspective on the way I want to run my career and surf my heats. I want to say a massive thanks to my family. They make it all worthwhile.”
“I am so excited to win here in Brazil,” continued Wright. “It is fun and there are so many things you need to take into account, and you have to just flow with it. I think this was the most challenging of any event and any final. It was hard work and I am stoked.”
The all-Australian Final match-up saw a close battle between Wright and Fitzgibbons. Showcasing her power surfing and control, Wright set the bar early on by dropping an excellent 8.67. Wright continued to back up her opening ride, putting pressure on Fitzgibbons to land a solid score. With ten minutes left on the clock, Fitzgibbons hammered a critical section to earn 7.17 and begin to close the gap on Wright. In the closing minutes Fitzgibbons was left searching for 5.94 while massive sets out the back pushed the athletes further from the take-off. Fitzgibbons was out of position to attempt a final attack and Wright, with a 13.10 two-wave score, defeated Fitzgibbons by 2.76 points to take the win.
Yesterday was the second Final berth for Fitzgibbons this season, who also finished runner-up at Bells Beach. The result will see the two-time Rio event winner move up one place on the Jeep Leaderboard from 6th to 5th. To reach the Final Fitzgibbons took down Courtney Conlogue (USA) and Malia Manuel (HAW).
“It was a great effort by Tyler and huge congratulations to her,” said Fitzgibbons. “In the Final, I was just hoping for one more wave at the end. I could feel that win. I had put myself back into contention, and I loved the challenge today. I really feed off the energy of the crowd. The fans here are so passionate about surfing, so it is a pleasure to come here and perform.
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Oi Rio Women’s Pro Final Results:
1 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.10
2 - Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 10.34
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.10 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.00
SF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.60 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 10.10
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.73 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.30
QF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.50 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.10
QF 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.87 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.70
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.84 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 7.50
2016 Samsung Galaxy Top 5 (after Oi Rio Women’s Pro):
1 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 35,200 pts
2 - Courtney Conlogue (USA) 32,500 pts
3 - Carissa Moore (HAW) 26,000 pts
4 - Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 23,400 pts
5 - Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 22,950 pts
Champions crowned at the 2016 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final
7 May 2016
May 6th, 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Champions crowned at the 2016 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final, Ala Moana Bowls, Hawaii. Nolan Rapoza (USA) and Brisa Hennessy (HAW) win in the best conditions of the event.
With continued momentum Brisa Hennessy (HAW) took control of her semi-final heat against Raiha Ensor (NZL), with a series of backhand re-entry maneuvers Brisa finalized the heat on a total heat score of 11.17 to advance through.
Leilani McGonagle (CRI) was in the following semi-final against France native Juliette Brice. With a slower heat on offer, McGonagle got busy locking in a 6.10 and a 4.83, finishing out the heat with a 10.93 total score, over Brice’s 7.13 points.
Nolan Rapoza needed his best performance of the event to overcome Rio Waida (IDN) in the semi-finals, who had locked in an 8.50 on his opening ride, applying early pressure to the American. Nolan answered back with a near perfect ride of 9.83, advancing him to the final with a total heat score of 17.66.
In the next semi-final Kehu Butler (NZL) had to overcome the dangerous Koby Oberholzer from South Africa, who had been in outstanding form throughout the event. It took two excellent scores from the Kiwi (18.04 points out of 20) to progress to the final.
Before the finals got underway, local legends Mason Ho, Fred Patacchia and Mikey Bruneau paddled out with the groms for two 30-minute expression session heats, presented by Skullcandy. This gave the surfers a great opportunity to compete against each other one more time in the event, whilst the finalists rested for their upcoming heats.
With conditions pulsing the women's final hit the water, between the 2014 Champion Brisa Hennessy, and defending 2015 Champion Leilani McGonagle, competition was fierce. Brisa opened with a 7.83 after connecting a set wave through to the inside bowl, and backed it up with 3.73. Leilani soon followed with a 5.00 and 5.73, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead, leaving Brisa Hennessy the 2016 Rip Curl GromSearch International Champion. “I can’t even explain my emotions” said Brisa, “this means the world and just being on the board again is incredible, and all these names I look up to so much. The final was kind of tricky, but I look up to Leilani a bunch and we are such good friends, so I am just so happy“.
Next in the water was the highly contested boys final, Nolan Rapoza versus Kehu Butler. Nolan started with a bang, locking in a 8.50 on his second wave of the heat after connecting a string of forehand maneuvers, putting Kehu on the back foot within the opening minutes. Although securing a 6.83 and a 5.33 for a total heat score of 12.16 points, the American was too strong, finishing the day on 13.17 points. “I am stoked, I just felt good today and I wanted to keep the roll going, the waves were kind of slow in the final, but I guess the pieces are put where they were and that’s how it ended up,” said Nolan in his post heat interview.
Final results of the 2016 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final, Ala Moana Bowls, Hawaii.
QF 1: 1st Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 10.97, 2nd Juliette Brice (FRA) 9.43, 3rd Cinta Hansel (IDN) 4.73
QF 2: 1st Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 15.50, 2nd Raiha Ensor (NZL) 10.23, 3rd Summer Macedo (HAW) 9.97
SF 1: 1st Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 11.17, 2nd Raiha Ensor (NZL) 7.30
SF 2: 1st Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 10.93, 2nd Juliette Brice (FRA) 7.13
Final: 1st Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 11.36, 2nd Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 10.73
QF 1: 1st Nolan Rapoza (USA) 15.33, 2nd Koby Oberholzer (ZAF) 15.33, 3rd Anderson Junior (BRA) 13.00
QF 2: 1st Kehu Butler (NZL) 15.50, 2nd Rio Waida (IDN) 12.63, 3rd Liam O’Brien (AUS) 8.26
SF: 1st Nolan Rapoza (USA) 17.66, 2nd Rio Waida (IDN) 15.50
SF: 1st Kehu Butler (NZL) 18.04, 2nd Koby Oberholzer (ZAF) 10.17
Final: 1st Nolan Rapoza (USA) 13.17, 2nd Kehu Butler (NZL) 12.16
Skullcandy Expression Session
Girls: 1st Juliette Brice (FRA) 2nd Summer Macedo (HAW)
Boys: 1st Koby Oberholzer (ZAF) 2nd Mathis Crozon (FRA)
Rip Curl would like to thank all of the supporting sponsors Skullcandy, Surfline, Banzai Bowls, Wahoos, Posca and Surfing Magazine, along with the local Ala Moana community for welcoming the GromSearch to their home break.
All previous content available to view here: http://www.ripcurl.com/events/2016-gromsearch-intl-final/
Photos - @Stevemophoto
Tyler Wright Claims Victory at Drug Aware Margaret River Pro
15 April 2016
MARGARET RIVER, Western Australia/AUS (Friday, April 15, 2016) - Tyler Wright (AUS) has won the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro today, defeating Courtney Conlogue (USA) in pumping 6 to 8 foot (2 - 2.5 metre) waves at Main Break in Western Australia.
The third stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, saw firing conditions today with the world’s best surfers battling to secure a solid finish on the last stop of the Australian leg.
The Final match-up witnessed the ultimate throw-down between Wright and Conlogue. Wright unleashed a variety of maneuvers to lock in an 8.93 to take the lead ahead of Conlogue. Wright strengthened her score with a barrel for a 9.60 to put the defending event Champion in a combination situation halfway through the Final. Wright continued to put up solid numbers to back up her 18.53 two-wave combined score. Conlogue, who has won three Titles as this event, struggled to find the scores to combat the Australian. In the last forty-five seconds a set wave came out the back. Using priority, Conlogue needed a near-perfect 9.97, but was not able to complete the ride to earn the score.
“I knew Courtney was just dropping 9-point rides every heat, so I knew I had to be smart in selecting my waves and turns and not get over excited,” Wright said. “Every wave I had felt dreamy. This event was easy for me. No massive mental challenges, so I was really stoked on that and the happy headspace I’ve been in.”
“I feel like everyone sees me one of one right now, and other people see me as one of five, but really I am one of a thousand,” continued Wright.” I have so many people I need to thank for contributing to my success. At the end of the day it is about the love for what I do and my family. This is really for them as much as for me.”
Although Conlogue will end her run with a 2nd place finish, she will continue to wear the Jeep Leaders Jersey into the next event as she remains in the 1st place position on the rankings. Throughout the competition, Conlogue continued to demonstrate a strong and consistent performance, as this marks her third straight final in the 2016 Championship Tour.
“I think if I started the leg off knowing I would get these results, I would have been stoked,” Conlogue said. “Obviously I wanted the win, but I am really stoked for Tyler. She had a great performance in that heat. I was just trying to get myself back in the game at the end there and was stoked to get a second shot. I am stoked to head into Brazil with the Jeep Leaders Jersey.”
Carissa Moore (HAW), three-time WSL Champion and last year’s event runner-up, was not able to advance to the Finals against Wright. Moore blazed out the gates to secure the lead against Wright with a 14.77 through the halfway mark. Wright, needing a 7.27, answered with a 7.57 in the last two minutes of the heat. Moore found a wave out the back, but was not able to complete the ride to defeat Wright.
Semifinal 1 saw Conlogue defeat Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW). Conlogue fired with an 8.17 backed up by a massive 9.27 against the Hawaiian. Weston-Webb was put in a combination situation with a 12.17 two-wave combined score. Weston-Webb was not able to find the waves to challenge Conlogue and will exit the competition with a 3rd place finish.
Heat 4 of the Quarterfinals witnessed a superheat between Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), six-time WSL Champion, and Wright. Wright threw down two 8-point rides to put Gilmore in a combination situation. Gilmore was not able to find the waves to combat Wright’s scores, and will end her run at Margaret River with a 5th place finish.
“Earlier this morning I broke my favorite board and corked my arm a bit, so I was probably paddling a bit slower than I had hoped, but no excuses, there are great waves out there,” Gilmore said. “I was always going to wait for the second waves of the set, but Tyler would take the first ones and they seemed to be better. She is just so strong. I went down a board to a 5’10” and that was probably a bad idea. I probably should have gone up to a bit bigger. I will still keep pushing and nothing is impossible yet, but we will see.”
Weston-Webb eliminated Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the opening heat of the Quarterfinals. Fitzgibbons got off to a slow start, while Weston-Webb locked in a solid score. Weston-Webb continued to better her scores throughout the heat to put Fitzgibbons in a combination situation and eliminate her from the competition.
“I did not really anticipate that one to go that way,” Fitzgibbons said. “It just really ran away from me. I paddled out and felt good, especially after the momentum up until the Quarterfinals, but it just felt like there were a lot of waves in the ocean, but I wasn’t on the good ones. Tatiana picked those nice ones with the walls and ran away with those 7s.”
Event organizers will convene tomorrow at 6:30am local time for a possible 7am start.
Highlights from the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro will be webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com
For more information, log onto WorldSurfLeague.com
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Final Results:
1 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 18.67
2 - Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.70
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.44 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.17
SF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.07 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.07
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 15.00 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 7.20
QF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.33 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 6.67
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.57 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 6.40
QF 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.53 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 8.74
2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Top 5 (After Drug Aware Margaret River Pro):
1. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 26,000 pts
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 25,200 pts
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 19,500 pts
4. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 18,200 pts
5. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15,600
2016 European #GromSearch STOP1 - Martinique
8 March 2016
Great start in Martinique (french caribbians) for the 2016 Rip Curl #GromSearch on February 27th and 28th.
It’s in Tartane on the beautiful Island of Martinique that the first stop of the Euro GromSearch 2016 took place. A group of motivated Groms invaded the small firshement village of Tartane Right by the Peninsula of « La Caravelle ». Finally they were offered the best surfing conditions at « La Petite Plage », a nature reserve with 3 feet and off-shore waves, hot sun and 27°water…
The local surf Groms highlighted the event with great results from Noé Bahuon (-12 years old), Maël Laborde, Hugo Bense and José-Antonio Martinez (under 14 years old) and also Alex Viguier who ended at the third place under 16 years old.
A great first expèrience for Rip Curl with this first event ever in Martinique which Olivier Martinez (Rip Curl GromSearch manager) qualifies as « Best GromSearch Ever ! »
Big thanks to our partners EQ Love, Smith, FCS, Citroën, The comittee from Guadeloupe, all the volunteers, the competitors and their parents, the Trinité City Hall, the Itacare surfshop, and the Medinina Surf Club.
Benjamin : 1/ BAHUON Noe, 2/ CHORT Paul, 3/ LARCHE Hugo
Cadet : 1/ AUPTEL Issam, 2/ GUIMONT Nicolas, 3/ VIGUIER Alexandre
Minime : 1/ VESCHAMBRET Titouan, 2/ LABORDE Mael, 3/ BENSE Hugo
Ondine Minime : 1/ MILHAU Nahia, 2/ CONRADI Hina, 3/FREDIANI Bahia
Photos - Hypolite Champion
Tyler Wright seals the Rip Curl deal!
3 March 2016
The powerhouse from Culburra, NSW (Australia) has extended her partnership with long time sponsor Rip Curl, which began when she was just eight years old.
Wright, 21, has remained a consistent challenger for the World Surf LeagueWorld Title since joining the Championship Tour in 2011, twice a World Title runner-up, and a constant in the WSL top five.
Wright will surf her first heat of the season this week at The Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach, Sydney, and commences her 2016 World Title campaign at the point break of Snapper Rocks next month from March 10-21.
Owen Wright Withdraws from Opening Half of 2016 WSL Season
27 February 2016
February 27, 2016. Australian Cites Ongoing Head Trauma Recovery as Primary Reason - Possible Absence from the Entire 2016 Season as Wright Focuses on Health
Australian Owen Wright has withdrawn from the opening half of the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour season, citing ongoing rehabilitation following his December head injury as the primary reason.
A WSL Title contender in the 2015 race, Wright suffered a serious concussion in the lead-up to the final event of the season, the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, at the world famous Banzai Pipeline. A standout in the warm up sessions ahead of the event, Wright was mowed down by a sizable swell on the morning of December 10 with the impact causing a serious head trauma. Withdrawing from both the event and the title race, Wright remained under medical observation in Hawaii before traveling back to Australia to receive ongoing treatment.
“It’s disappointing to have to withdraw from the opening events of the year, but the important thing is to ensure that I am 100% healthy for when I return to that level of competition,” Wright said. “I’ve been working regularly with top specialists in the country and they’ve given me a lengthy rehabilitation time before I’m able to feel normal again and a period of time after that before they’re confident I can perform at the elite level without additional risk. Head injuries are tricky in terms of mapping out recovery time and it’s possible that I may not be able to pull the jersey on all year. I want to thank my family, friends, fans, sponsors and the WSL for their ongoing support.”
A standout wildcard performer even before his elite tour debut, Wright’s CT rise has been nothing short of meteoric. The Australian has been a consistent fixture at the top of the rankings, posting major wins in New York and in Tahiti. Unfortunately, today’s announcement is not the first injury that Wright has suffered as a back issue saw the goofy-footer sit out most of 2013. Having recovered in sensational fashion once already in his career, supporters are hopeful that he will do so once again.
“Very sad to see someone of Owen’s calibre suffer such serious injury,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “The important thing is that he’s on the road to recovery and taking the appropriate time to ensure that he is 100% before returning to competition. While it’s unfortunate news for the sport and its fans, we’re fully supportive of Owen taking the time he needs and wish him a full and speedy recovery.”
Wright’s WSL Top 34 position in the opening events of the season - Gold Coast, Bells Beach, Margaret River, Rio de Janeiro, Fiji and Jeffreys Bay - will be filled by first replacement Adam Melling (AUS).
The 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will commence at Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast from March 10 - 21, 2016.
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Update: Further Information
27 February 2016
February 27, 2016 - As promised we have continued to clean up the mess made by the production of some Rip Curl mountainwear in an unauthorized factory in North Korea.
Contrary to their previous advice, our supplier has now told us they sub-contracted a total of seven styles of mountainwear to a third party without our knowledge or approval. It is these sub-contracted styles that have been produced or part-produced in North Korea. The styles consist of three styles from Winter 2014/15 and four styles from Winter 15/16 ranges.
We can confirm to you that the styles in question were delivered only within Europe, Australia, Canada, Argentina and Chile, and also that not all styles delivered have been shipped from our warehouses to our customers as we have managed to stop some of them.
With this new information becoming available from our supplier, and taking on your comments, here are the steps we are taking to make things right;
- We have stopped working with the supplier.
- We are removing any remaining stocks of all seven styles from our stores, and will either destroy or donate the jackets to an appropriate charity as long as they are not sold. They are (as pictured): SGJAM4, SGJAQ4, SGJBL4, SGJBE4, SGJBI4, SGJBM4, SGPAI4.
- We are offering a full refund or replacement to any customer who has purchased one of the unauthorized styles and they should take it to the Rip Curl store nearest to them to do so or contact their local Rip Curl office.
- We are strongly reinforcing to our suppliers that they may not outsource production without our approval.
- To ensure our suppliers comply with our requirements we are significantly increasing our inspections of goods as they are being produced to ensure they are made in an approved factory.
- We are still calculating the exact profit on the sale of the product concerned. We are going to get our staff in the regions where this product was offered for sale to nominate appropriate charities to which this money can be put to good use and will announce that here shortly.
So why didn’t we do all of the above earlier? We trusted our supplier and they did not tell us the truth. We should have acted earlier and more aggressively at the time. The extent of the issue was wider than we had been led to believe. We now know that a maximum of seven styles were outsourced and to be safe we have assumed they were all impacted.
With this new information we have re-assessed the situation and are taking the above action. We are very sorry that Rip Curl has breached the trust of our customers and we apologise wholeheartedly for letting this happen in the first place.
MICK FANNING ANNOUNCES 2016 AS 'PERSONAL YEAR'
25 February 2016
February 25, 2016 - Rip Curl Head Office - Torquay, Australia: Mick Fanning (AUS), 3x WSL Champion and 2015 World Runner-Up, today announced that he is viewing 2016 as a ‘personal year’ in which he will take time off from full-time competition.
The Australian sporting icon endured an intense 2015 in which he was thrust into the international spotlight following an on-air battle with a Great White Shark during July’s J-Bay Open. Incredibly, Fanning rallied to battle for the WSL Title, pushing the race to the final event of the year. Suffering the tragic and unexpected loss of older brother Peter during the event window, Fanning’s performance at Pipeline was emotionally charged, but ultimately short of the world surfing crown.
“Last year was definitely intense - what happened at J-Bay, being in a title race and the unfortunate passing of my brother,” Fanning said. “There was so much build up with everything happening. I got to a point at the end of the year where I felt empty. I didn’t feel like I had much to give back.”
“This year, I’m going to take some time off and have a bit of a personal year,” Fanning continued. “Just to regroup and re-stoke the fire. At this stage, I’m going to compete at Snapper and I’m going to compete at Bells and then I’m going to take some time off from there. They (Snapper and Bells) are two events that I love and I’d go crazy if I were sitting at home and couldn’t go surf Snapper. Bells is like a second home as well. From then on, I feel like I have to take some time away from the tour to get out of that sort of zone to see where my head is at.”
The decision to surf in select events in 2016 came after lengthy discussion with family, friends, sponsors and the WSL.
“When I first came to this decision, I rang up Kieren (Perrow) and Paul Speaker and gave them an idea of what I was thinking and seeing if it was okay with them,” Fanning said. “Between those two and the whole WSL being supportive, it’s been really incredible. Even last year, with all the things happening, they were the first people that would reach out to support and make sure everything was okay. I’m really thankful that they’re giving me this opportunity to be selective with events and see where I’m at.”
“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a lot of accomplished people across a variety of mediums and Mick Fanning is certainly one of the most inspiring,” Paul Speaker, WSL CEO, said. “His class and character, even in the face of multiple scenarios that would undo most people, are tremendous. He is a truly special person and we’re here to support him in whatever way we can.”
A 15-year veteran of the elite WSL Championship Tour, Fanning has amassed an impressive 21 event wins and three world titles.
“Mick Fanning is one of the most committed and inspiring figures our sport has been fortunate enough to have,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “He’s been up front and open about his feelings following the 2015 season and the Commissioner’s Office wholeheartedly supports him taking time for himself this year. We look forward to seeing him at the opening event on the Gold Coast.”
The 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will commence at Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast from March 10 - 21, 2016.
3 X World Champion Mick Fanning Photo - Corey Wilson
Rip Curl X Citroen
22 February 2016
At the Geneva Motor Show, the wind of freedom and adventure will blow over the Citroën stand with the introduction of the "C4 Cactus Rip Curl" Special Edition. A logical association of two companies that develop trendy and highly technical products. A unique and fun crossover, with this special edition C4 Cactus introduces the GripControl function, giving it better traction, plus style elements that emphasise its all-outdoor character.
A new type of crossover made to revolutionise the automobile sector, C4 Cactus is continuing to expand its range with the World Première of a special edition born from the collaboration between Citroën and Rip Curl, the world leader in the surfing market.
Through its association with Rip Curl, whose name alone has symbolised surfing since 1969, Citroën is boosting the outdoor spirit of C4 Cactus through a more radical and revealing version. In this way, Citroën is providing this model's fans with a version that is at the same time different, technologically advanced and with a high level of performance, ideal for lifestyles focused on relaxing, leisure and well-being. This philosophy is in tune with Rip Curl, a brand founded in Torquay, Australia, a few hours' drive from the mythical "Cactus Bay" surfing spot.
Sharing values such as innovation and creativity, both brands also share the same taste for adventure (which Rip Curl calls "The Search" - the search for the perfect wave), encouraging consumers to hit the road "anywhere, anytime". It was obvious that Rip Curl and Citroën had to get together, all the more so with the launch of Grip Control in the C4 Cactus range.
Grip Control - increased traction to help you get away
Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl's major innovation is its strengthened traction, associated with the highest-performance C4 Cactus engines and coupled to a manual gearbox (PureTech 110 S&S Manual Euro6 or BlueHDi 100 S&S Manual Euro6 versions). Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl is the only one to have the Grip Control system, with special Mud & Snow tyres to help keep moving on difficult surfaces (Goodyear 205/50 R17 89V - Vector 4Seasons tyres).
The Grip Control system provides the benefit of intelligent increased traction in all-roads mode. It uses an advanced anti-skid function built into the ESP computer, which manages skid in the front driving wheels and has various modes to adapt to the terrain. The Grip Control knob, set in the centre of the dashboard, provides access to 5 operating modes:
- STANDARD: to drive along sun-drenched coast roads, mountain curves, long stretches of motorway or trendy city-centre avenues... This mode is intended for usual road conditions with little skid content. It also lets the Grip Control system adapt automatically to the current state of the road;
- SAND: to get as close as you can to the most beautiful surfing spots... With this mode, you can benefit from simultaneous skid on both front driving wheels to keep you moving on loose soils and limit the risk of getting bogged down. It is operational up to 120km/h then automatically reverts to "Standard" mode;
- ALL-ROADS: to drive fearlessly on all types of slippery surfaces (mud, wet grass, dirt track)... Acting as a limited-slip differential, this mode lets the vehicle start in these special circumstances by transferring the maximum amount of torque to the wheel with the best grip. It is operational up to 80 km/h then automatically reverts to "Standard" mode.
- SNOW: to reach the most beautiful ski resorts... This mode instantly adapts the skid of each drive wheel to the current grip conditions, letting you move calmly and securely on snowy roads.A soon as the car reaches 50 km/h, the system reverts to "Standard" mode.
- ESP OFF: to deactivate ESP (operational up to 50 km/h).
Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl's increased traction promises a unique driving experience for its driver and passengers, irrespective of season and destination, while standing out clearly from the other cars with its trendy compact SUV looks.
Modern, functional design
The new Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl can count on its unique design that combines usability and style. This special edition is both modern and dynamic, reflecting the surfer ethic. Its looks stand out, with exclusive attributes both inside and out. Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl's specific look includes : white rear-view mirror housings, white roof-bars and a brilliant-white vertical adhesive strip blending geometric patterns and the Rip Curl logo that covers the front wing. The rear quarter-light features the same pattern, applied horizontally, with the Rip Curl signature in white lettering. This graphic look firmly places the car in the surfing universe.
Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl also features front and rear aluminium-grey protection plates that reinforce its "traveller-adventurer" identity. The functional and stylish Airbump® enhances C4 Cactus's personality and protects its bodywork. It's Black as standard, and it's available in other colours (Dune, Chocolate and Grey ) as an option to make Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl truly yours. At Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl's launch, five body colours will be available to order: Olive Brown/Obsidian Black/Aden Red/Aluminium Grey and Mother-of-Pearl White. By the end of the year, Citroën intends to offer a unique colour scheme, Baltic Blue, to further enhance Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl's lines.
Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl's cabin features Pulp Orange accents. A truly dynamic, energising tint. The Pulp Orange coloured safety belts contrast with the interior finish of the seats available in Mica Grey Fabric (as standard) or Mixed Leather Back/Black Fabric (optional). The same colour schemes also appear here and there on the floor. The protective mats feature Pulp Orange stitching and a label bearing the surfing brand's logo. To carry on the theme of contrasts with the Stone Grey ambiance on board, Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl's loudspeaker bezels are coloured Pulp Orange. Lastly, as a reference to luggage and escape, the dashboard's driving position zone is uncluttered and connected to controls grouped within the 7" touchscreen tablet. The TOP BOX glove-box lid is finished in the style of steamer trunks, with straps and spikes.
With its high level of equipment, the new Special Edition C4 Cactus Rip Curl is based on the Citroën C4 Cactus "Shine" level 3 finish. It has the same standard equipment and (according to markets) adds many technology features (rear parking assistance, automatic climate control, automatic headlamp lighting and front wipers, navigation system, 6-speaker MP3 audio system, cruise control/speed limiter, extra-dark tinted windows, etc.) To remain at one with nature and enjoy exceptional brightness during each escapade, Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl is fitted as standard (depending on markets) with a panoramic glass roof with high thermal protection, able to absorb heating effects.
To be marketed in the first half of 2016, Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl will be exhibited on the Citroën stand in hall 6 at the Geneva Motor Show on 1-13 March, 2016.
We take full responsibility
21 February 2016
To all of our customers... We appreciate the concern that the article published today by Fairfax Media Limited regarding Rip Curl ski wear made in North Korea may have caused you. The Founders and Directors of Rip Curl take full responsibility for this screw up. We are very sorry that Rip Curl has breached the trust our customers put in us to make sure that the products they wear cause them no moral concern. That's our responsibility to you and we have let you down on this one.
We were made aware of this some months ago and took immediate steps to investigate and rectify the situation. All of our suppliers know that our terms of trade prevent them diverting production to non-certified factories and we do undertake factory inspections and audits to try to prevent this happening. In this case we took immediate action to discipline the supplier for his breach and we are increasing our inspections and audits.
Regardless of this, two styles totalling 4000 units of Rip Curl ski wear did slip through and was shipped to customers.
Again, this sort of screw up is our responsibility to prevent and we are doing everything in our power to make sure it does not happen again. We don't like the abuse of people in their jobs in any country either and apologise wholeheartedly for letting this happen in the first place.
WELCOME MIGUEL BLANCO IN THE RIP CURL TEAM
9 February 2016
While Rip Curl announced a few days back the arrival of Vincent Duvignac in the Euro Team, good news kept coming from The Ultimate Surfing Company with the announcement of young gun from Portugal Miguel Blanco signing his way in the Team.
Spotted in 2012 when he won the Euro Rip Curl GromSearch (and ended 5th during the international final at Bells Beach), Miguel Blanco (20 years old, Cascaïs) proved himself to be one of the best surfer of his generation, winning several Pro Juniors in particular the Caparica European Pro Junior WSL en 2015.
« I dream everyday of the perfect wave waiting for me somewhere… I can’t be happier to join a brand which has the same dreams as I do ! » Explains Miguel.
« Miguel is a true competitor but also a great free surfer. He can spend hours driving around the portuguese coast looking for the perfect wave. » added Yann Martin, Rip Curl Europe Team Manager. « He signed his contract and left the next day on a Search Trip somewhere with the rest of the team… Miguel has a pleasant and humble personality but is very explosif in the water and has a radical approach to surfing. » tells a very excited Yann Martin with the new team member arrival.
In 2016, Miguel will follow the World Surf League QS Tour and will be part of the coming up Search trips when his contest calendar will allow him.
Photo by Alex Lesbats
More Chances for Victorian Surfers in New Trials Format
9 February 2016
February 6, 2016. Surfing Victoria has made some changes to the Rip Curl Pro Trials systems that will see more local surfers compete at Bells Beach over Easter and more female surfers a part of the action.
2015 Trials winner Joe Van Dijk (Phillip Island, VIC) causing some damage in the final at Bells Beach last year. Credit: © WSL/Kirsten.
The Trials and Pre-Trials will be combined into one event, over two days with a 28-Surfer field (see the draw below), and run alongside the Women’s Trials and Junior Challenge on March 23 and 24, 2016.
All finalists from the Bells Beach round of the TOLL Victorian Open Series will be allocated a spot in the Trials; allowing the top surfers at Bells Beach an opportunity to surf the Trials.
Another of the major changes from previous years is the removal of Boardriders Club’s allocations needing to be in the top 20 on the TOLL Victorian Open Series. The only requirement for BRCs is that the club competes in the ORIGINAL SOURCE Australia Boardrider's Battle.
As per previous years, only the winner of the trials will be allocated the Wildcard into the Rip Curl Pro.
The 2016 Women’s Victorian Trials will be a 7-surfer format, as in 2015, which provides more Victorian female surfers the opportunity to be part of the event, an increase from the allocated four surfers of previous years.
Rip Curl will still have their allocated surfers seeded into the Women’s Rip Curl Pro Trials final, and as per previous years, only the winner of the Trials will be allocated the Wildcard into the Rip Curl Pro.
Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson said he was “really excited about these changes and can't wait to see everyone surf some epic waves at Bells!”
The changes have been made to increase the emphasis on the TOLL Victorian Open Series and allow more Victorian surfers to be part of this great event.
Potential Trials Draw (subject to change). Source: Surfing Victoria
RIP CURL PRO TRIALS ALLOCATIONS
The top 4 seeds going directly to Quarter Finals will be allocated to:
1. Highest Ranked WSL QS Surfer from 2015
2. Victorian Open Men’ Champion from 2015
3. Highest Ranked WSL Pro Junior Surfer from 2015
4. Surfing Victoria Board Wildcard
The other 24 surfers will be made up of:
1. 12x Board Club Representatives (Board Clubs must compete in ORIGINAL SOURCE Australian Boardriders Battle to receive allocation. 1x Allocation per Club. Any unused allocations will become SV wildcards)
2. 1x Current U/18 Victorian Junior Ratings Leader
3. 1x Current U/16 Victorian Junior Ratings Leader
4. 1x Victorian Indigenous Surfing Champion
5. 4x 2015 West Coast Open Finalists
6. 4x Surfers ranked #2 - #5 on the 2015 Victorian Open Series
7. 1x Surfing Victoria Wildcards
Note: Any of the above allocations that cannot be filled will be allocated by the Surfing
Victoria technical committee and ratified by the Surfing Victoria board.
Surfing Victoria will be accepting wildcard submissions in writing only. All submissions must be received no later than 5pm, March 7th 2016. Please send wildcard submissions to Surfing Victoria via email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions contact Surfing Victoria on (03) 5261 2907(03) 5261 2907.
The Victorian trials will be run on March 23rd and 24th, 2016.
Possible Women’s Trials Draw (Subject to Change). Source: Surfing Victoria
RIP CURL PRO WOMEN'S TRIALS ALLOCATIONS:
The top 3 seeds going directly to Victorian Trials Finals will be allocated to:
1. Highest Ranked WSL QS Surfer from 2015
2. Victorian Open Women’s Champion from 2015
3. Highest Ranked WSL Pro Junior Surfer from 2015
The other 4 surfers will be made up of:
1. Victorian U/18 Champion from 2015
2. Victorian U/16 Champion from 2015
3. 2015 TOLL Victorian Open Series Bells Beach Champion from 2015
4. SV board member allocated spot
Note: Any of the above allocations that cannot be filled will be allocated by the Surfing Victoria technical committee and ratified by the Surfing Victoria board.
Bethany Hamilton Extends Contract With Long-Time Sponsor Rip Curl
21 January 2016
January 21, 2016 - Hawaiian charger Bethany Hamilton has extended her contract with long-time sponsor Rip Curl, renewing a partnership that started when she was nine years old.
Bethany Hamilton charging 50-foot Jaws, Pe'ahi earlier this month, filming for Surfs Like A Girl. Photo: © Aaron Lieber
Bethany, just shy of her 26th birthday, has already reached unimaginable heights in surfing; winning national competitions, competing on the WSL Championship Tour and inspiring millions with her determination in the face of adversity – returning to the water after the shark attack that left her with one arm as a teenager.
She continues to reach new heights; this month taking on 50 foot ‘Jaws’, the Hawaiian monster wave of Pe'ahi, whilst filming for her soon-to-be-released film Surfs Like a Girl, just months after becoming a new mum to son Tobias.
“2015 was definitely one of the best years of my life, primarily because I became a Mom and I absolutely love being a Mom!!! I still managed to have a fun year of surfing before I had Tobias and after. I grew a lot as a person in my post-partum recovery, and in my determination to get back to the ocean. Now after surfing each day I look forward to coming home to my supportive husband and son, it’s the best!” Bethany said.
“I love family life and look forward to growing together. I can’t wait to teach my son Tobias to surf! I also love motivational speaking and healthy living and inspiring others in their journey. I am grateful to have so much to look forward to!
“I am so pumped for this year! I know I have much more to come and I look forward to it. My passion for surfing and bettering my ability is still lit and I can’t wait to chase more of my goals and dreams! I look forward to surfing some heavy waves this year and pushing my limits. I also love working hard at my progressive surfing and want to keep charging at that.
“It’s rad to have shared my journey of surfing with Rip Curl since I was 9 years old. Now being 25 and surfing better than ever I’m excited to keep surfing as a Rip Curl team rider!”
Rip Curl Global Advertising and Promotions Chairman Neil Ridgway said the signing spoke volumes for both the company and Bethany’s commitment, and was excited about the next chapter.
“ 'What a legend...’ That's the reaction I have every time I see Bethany do big things or small things”, Ridgway said. "I probably analyse her technique on video more than any other surfer on the planet because you can really learn from seeing the way she does things at such a high level of performance given that she only has one arm to paddle in and take-off.
"She inspires me to go surfing with a more positive attitude and I think she influences a lot of surfers that way. She's a very popular person at team signings and events because of her attitude and people - young and old - just want to be around her and the good vibes she pumps out. Like I said 'What a legend!' "
Bethany is currently in full force shooting and travelling with Aaron Lieber for her first surf film Surfs Like a Girl, a sign that 2016 is set to be another big year for the smiley goofy-footer.
“It’s a blast to be travelling for this and doing my thing. I can’t wait to share the film!”
Surfs Like a Girl is due for release in 2017.
Bethany Hamilton on location in Fiji shooting with Rip Curl. Photo: © David Mandelberg
Bethany with Dad Tom Hamilton (left) and husband Adam Dirks in between sets at Jaws earlier this month. Photo: © Aaron Lieber
World Surfing Champion Gabriel Medina Extends Rip Curl Relationship
4 December 2015
November 20, 2015. World Surfing Champion Gabriel Medina this week signed a new contract with long time sponsor Rip Curl, extending his relationship with the surfing company into the future.
Gabriel Medina locks in for another five years. Photo © Corey Wilson.
The 21-year-old surfer first joined the RC team at 14 years of age.
“Thanks to Rip Curl for the continual belief in me,” said a happy Medina from the Rip Curl Team House at Pipeline. “I have been in the Rip Curl family for a long time. Now I am in even deeper.”
Medina first came to prominence as a junior winning the Rip Curl International Gromsearch Final, the WSL World Junior Title and rapidly qualifying for the Men’s World Tour, bursting onto the scene in 2011 and winning two of the first four WSL World Tour events he contested.
He steadily improved his ranking until winning last year’s 2014 World Surf League season when he became the first-ever Brazilian Men’s World Surfing Champion and the youngest surfer to win the world surfing title since Kelly Slater.
“The most important thing in a relationship like this is that the surfer feels at home. Gabriel is happy here with us. He’s one of our crew. That makes performing at the top level easier for him,” said Neil Ridgway, Rip Curl’s Marketing Chairman. “Rip Curl really strives to support the career pathway from a junior to a World Champion and Gabriel is a great example of that program. We like to support surfers for the whole ride.”
Felipe Silveira Rip Curl Brazil CEO who first spotted Gabriel’s talent at an early age said, “Rip Curl has had a close relationship with Gabriel since we first signed with him in 2009. I’m happy to see our collaboration going stronger and longer. Gabriel is already a spectacular surfer and will get better in years to come and we are stoked to see that."
Gabriel Medina goes into the 2015 WSL World Title race ranked 4th alongside his Rip Curl team mates 3 X World Champion Mick Fanning (currently ranked 1st) and Fiji Pro winner Owen Wright (currently ranked 5th) with a solid chance at retaining his world title back-to-back.
“I’m looking forward to Pipeline. It’s going to be great. Let’s hope we get some real waves,” said Medina on the challenge to come.
The World Surf League Samsung Galaxy Championship World Title showdown will be decided in the heavy surf of the Pipeline Masters on Oahu’s North Shore and can be watched LIVE at worldsurfleague.com and will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports in Australia, MCS Extreme in France, EDGE Sports Asia and on Globo TV in Brazil.
European #GromSearch STOP11 Les Sables d'Olonne, FRANCE
17 September 2015
A fun 3 feet swell arrived just in time for the last European stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch 2015.
130 young surfers participated and the opportunity of the conditions allowed the competition to run for 10 hours non stop. A big congrats to Kyllian Guerin who got the higher score of the event, a 9,4.
All the infos regarding the Big Final « Somewhere in Europe » will be released at the beginning of October…
Many thanks to : Smith, EQ, FCS & Gorilla, Surf Session, Carve, 3Sesenta and Surf Portugal.
And special wink to Kiki from Bahia Surf Shop.
Below you will find all results & pics.
1- LACOME Juliette (ang)
2- LEICEAGA Sarah (hbsc)
3- TONIN Camille (sevis)
4- CHECA Clémence (hoss)
Girls 12-14 :
1- CONRADI Hina (sgixv)
2- CAZENAVE Elisa (hbsc)
3- JOUAULT Maëlys (mali)
4- MAGNIEN Jade (capbr)
Girls 14-16 :
1- GIRARDET Lisa (dodo)
2- JAVEGNY Mahé (st leu)
3- BERTAUX-DUBUT Jade (Hoss)
4- LARTIGUE Neis (bascs)
1- PITER Sam (lsurfou)
2- GUERIN Kyllian (capbr)
3- GUERTENER Clément (hoss)
4- CASADEBAIGT Carlito (hbsc)
Boys 12-14 :
1- BOUCHGUA Téva (lacan)
2- BECRET Justin (lsurfou)
3- CONRADI Youri (sgixv)
4- MCCARTHY Taylor (lacan)
Boys 14-16 :
1- MORAU Félix (bascs)
2- DOUTRES Nalu (Bidar)
3- CAVALLINI Enzo (karuk)
4- BALLERIN Nanoo (lsurfou)
Groms continue tear across Bali
15 September 2015
The second batch of groms from across the globe shipped in to score new swell, caverns and master classes from the pro’s
Aussie rippers Mikey McDonagh and Kobie Enright; Brisa Hennessy and Luke Gordon from the States, European dynamite Kyllian Guerin, as well as local shredders Andre Anwar and Max De Santis showed up to a new swell for the second week of Tube Camp. Once again the Ulu’s breaks delivered fast walls and fun tubes, and sessions at Bingin saw even more tubes thanks to local Andre Anwar.
Mason Ho and Tom Curren took the groms through some ‘Tube Tips’ and everyone was frothing to try out their new knowledge. There were dawn patrol sessions at Bali’s most rippable playground – Canggu, a tour of Head Office, and airs and big turns at Keramas.
With a building swell through the week, the groms tore up Temples, took off to Airport rights for some bombs and managed to squeeze in a fun session at Dreamland.
Max De Santis
Max De Santis
Lifestyle and Line-ups
It doesn't get much better than this, sunset with the groms over Uluwatu.
The groms chilling above Ulu's with Tom Curren and Mason Ho.
Mason Ho takes the groms through some 'Tube Tips'.
The trip out to Airports.
Hands up who wants to surf Airports.
Tom Curren ready to light it up.
Airports was firing
Photo - © Mick Curley
European #GromSearch STOP10 Sopelana, Spain.
2 September 2015
The Arrietara's line-up in Biscaya looked quiet impresive last week-end with 170 groms shredding the spot during 3 days. The waves were pumping from start to end with great 6 feet peaks (rights and lefts).
Surfers under 16 years old came from all over spain and proved that the surf level is getting better and better each season!
This was the last stop in Spain for this season and the finalists are looking forward now the big final "Somewhere" in Europe next november!
Thx to our sponsors
Smith Optics FCS EQ Love Gorilla Grip Panasonic España
Here are all results
SUB 16 KID
1º Asier Iriondo
2º Diego Suarez
3º Yael Peña
4º Ruben Vitoria
1º Iker Amatriain
2º Cristian Portelli
3º Sean gunning
4º Lenni Jensen
1º Adur Amatriain
2º Markel Bizkarguenaga
3º Tim Elter
4º Nestor Garcia
SUB 16 GIRL
1ª Nadia Erostarbe
2ª Iara Dominguez
3ª Isabel Gundin
4ª Maddi Aizpurua
1ª Sara Urresti
2ª Paula Martiño
3ª Melania Suarez
4ª Carmen Ley
1º Janire Gonzalez
2ª Tayry Hernandez
3ª Laura de los Reyes
4ª Ana Sofia betancor
Groms score with Curren on Tube Camp
2 September 2015
Primo waves for our junior surfers as they hit Bali for the 2015 Rip Curl Tube Camp
The first day of the 2015 Tube Camp saw the groms tear apart Uluwatu’s pristine peelers with 3 x World Champion Tom Curren. After checking conditions from the cliff top, they were quick to get amongst it.
From surfing Ulu’s in the morning they paddled around the point for the afternoon session to get uncrowded waves underneath the cliffs of the famous temple.
Checking the lineup outside the Rip Curl team house at Uluwatu with 3 x World Champion Tom Curren and local legend Dedi Gunn. Photo © Mick Curley
Kirra-Belle Olsson (14) finishes off the end section at Ulu's. Photo @Mick Curley
Xavier Huxtable (13) throws some serious spray. Photo @Mick Curley
Samuel Pupo (14, BRA) throws some heat at Secrets. Photo @Mick Curley
Tenshi Ishil (12, Indo) hits the lip at Temple. Photo @Mick Curley
After a full day of lefts, local legend Dedi Gunn piled the groms in the van to show them around Bali and the right-handers of Keramas. They were treated to clean conditions and only a light/cross onshore in the afternoon so it was another full day of waves for the frothers.
Being the 70th anniversary of Indonesian Independence day, and a public holiday in Indonesia, Dedi made it clear how much the day was for locals by wearing the National flag out in the water for the entire surf.
Cole Alves working on hie air reverses. Photo @Mick Curley
The ‘Captain’ Dedi Gunn with the groms on way to surf Keramas. Photo © Mick Curley
Brazilian ripper Samuel Pupo jams the tail at Keramas. Photo @Mick Curley
Arashi Murata (13, Jap) tearing up the right-hander of Keramas. Photo @Mick Curley
Kirra-Belle Olsson gets busy on her backhand. Photo @Mick Curley
Keramas didnt' disappoint, the line-up from the black sand beach. Photo @Mick Curley
Shaka bro - Dedi looking stocked about the public holiday with the indonesian flag to celebrate the anniversary of Independance Day. Photo @ Mick Curley
Textbook cutty with Xavier Huxtable. Photo @ Mick Curley
Although tricky winds had been forecast, the groms ended up scoring again at Keramas as the waves increased in size and quality throughout the day.
At one point the winds dropped right off for the groms who only had to share the lineup with four other crew. Big ramps were on offer as well as perfect sections to hack.
The groms took turns looping between the line-up and Warung all day where the final bill was dominated by 15 jaffles and 17 plates of Mie Goreng. Another sick day searching for waves in Bali.
The only bad thing about barrels all day is having to refuel in between them. Photo © Mick Curley
Local guy Ketut Agus (14, Indo) knows his way around an air reverse like he does the island of Bali. Photo @Mick Curley
Cole Alves continuingto work on his air game. Photo @Mick Curley
A backhand attack like this is what puts Kirra-Belle at the top of junior competition. Photo @ Mick Curley
At only 12 of age, Tenshi Ishil has the style and positionning of a seasoned pro. Photo @ Mick Curley
Samuel Pupo getting his airs dialed on the fun ramps of Keramas. Photo @Mick Curley
Arashi Murata (13, Jap) doing some damage to sweet lip. Photo @ Micke Curley
Days Four to Seven
Day 4 - After a few days at Keramas, Captain Dedi Gunn took the crew over to Canggu. After starting the day off on the beachies, the groms moved over to hit the right-hander. A solid five hour session saw the groms score some sick sections, then return to Uluwatu for the afternoon session.
Day 5 - With the swell staying steady everyone was keen to hit Uluwatu again. The groms were growing in confidence and hunting the barrel with more flare and everyone got into some good ones.
The Groms at Head office. Photo @Mick Curley
Samuel Pupo. @Mick Curley
Kirra-Belle Olsson. Photo @Mick Curley
The Crew checking out Ulu's. Photo @Mick Curley
Tenshi Ishil. Photo @Mick Curley
Cole Alves. Photo @Mick Curley
Arashi Murata. Photo @ Mick Curley
Ketut Agus. Photo @ Mick Curley
Xav Huxtable. @ Mick Curley
Day 6 - With the swell dropping the crew opted for their own adventure, with a bunch of groms surfing Temples with Tom Curren and Mason Ho, whilst the others went to check out Bingin.
Local Rip Curl team rider Agus dag Sumertayasa took the groms out there and showed them the lineup at his local wave, followed by another session out the front of the house at Ulus.
Day 7 - The last full day of the ‘First Section’ of the Rip Curl Tube Camp saw the swell dropping a little and the groms keen to explore the open reefs of the Southern most tip of the Bukit peninsular.
After searching down narrow roads and looking at potential line-ups from the cliff tops they decided to head back to surf Uluwatu, from the top section all the way dawn to Racetrack.
Tim Bisso - Surfing is Everything
4 August 2015
Tim Bisso, 18 years old, just came back from his first trip to the best playground in the world, the Mentawai islands.
12 days on a boat, with perfect waves every morning & every afternoon, is a dream for a surfer, and the best training center for competitors. Now, Tim is ready to rumble.
He is actually in Bali to compet in the Padang-Padang #RipCurlCup, Game ON!
Click play, & enjoy over 2min of pure new school surfing.
Filmer: Alex Laurel
Music: Living Water
Artist: Michale Giovanni
European #GromSearch STOP8 Anglet, FRANCE.
16 July 2015
D O N E !!
Surf conditions were perfect to welcome all the best french groms here in Anglet!
3-4 feet, offshore wind, and 200 groms ready to rumble!
Thx a lot to all person involved, parents, competitors and partners
EQ Love Smith Optics FCS Gorilla Grip Sowest Cola
Here are all results.
Photo - Yves Sobanski
Under 12 years old
1 Kyllian GUERRIN
2 Luan NOGUES
3 Noé LEDEE
4 Thomas LEDEE
Under 14 years old
1 Tiago CARRIQUE
2 Kauli VAAST
3 Justin BECRET
4 Aurélien BUFFET
Under 16 years old
1 Augustin ARRIVE
2 Léo-Paul ETIENNE
3 Felix MORAU
4 Nalu DOUTRES
Under 12 years old
1 Hina CONRADI
2 Emma DUBES
3 Maelys JOUAULT
4 Jade MAGNIEN
Under 14 years old
1 Lisa GIRARDET
2 Juliette BRICE
3 Neis LARTIGUE
4 Jade BERTAUX- DUBUT
Under 16 years old
1 Lilou MAURY
2 Nahia MILHAU
3 Lili TERMEAU
4 Luna DUBES
The Rip Curl Cup Returns
16 July 2015
After 11 years of awesome the Rip Curl Cup is back with a fresh format and new invitees, held at the same incredible wave, Padang Padang.
Indonesia's longest running and most prestigious event, the Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang draws competitors from all over the world, and this year is no different. In 2015 the waiting period has been cut to four weeks, the quality of conditions required to run has been ramped up from incredible to perfect, and the field has been reduced to 16 surfers, meaning heats will be man-on-man throughout and that competition can easily be run in one day.
The trimming of surfers does not mean a reduction of talent, in fact the opposite rings true as the new format is more appealing than ever. This year it's an honour to welcome three-time world champion and Rip Curl team rider Tom Curren to the field. As well as starring in competition we will be running some great initiatives around Bali with the legendary Californian surfer so keep your eyes glued to the official website –live.ripcurl.com –for the latest updates on events and happenings.
Alongside Curren this year's list of invitees also includes Hawaiian royalty and recent Rip Curl signing Mason Ho, who'll be joined by long serving tour legend Damien Hobgood, Australian freesurfing superstars Jay Davies and Ry Craike, former winning of the Billabong Pro Tahiti Bruno Santos, and two absolute freaks of our sport and past Rip Curl Cup winners, Jamie O'Brien and Chris Ward. Rounding out the list of internationals are young Rip Curl stars Pat Curren (yes, Tom's son!), former-finalist Jacob Willcox, and Caribbean kid on the rise Tim Bisso.
This year the Indonesian surfers selected for the main draw include four previous winners, Garut Widiarta, Mega Semahdi, Lee Wilson and Made "Bol" Adi Putra, legendary Balinese surfer and Taylor Steele movie star Rizal Tandjung, and last year's finalist and former Asian champion Raditya Rondi. Rounding out the eight will be a Rip Curl wildcard who will be announced at the Event opening ceremony on the 1st August.
The reduction in numbers means the fight for a position on the home team is tighter than ever, and the trials for the Rip Curl Cup will be the toughest the local competitors have faced. This year the Rip Curl Cup trials will run on the best day of waves at Padang Padang, Uluwatu or Bingin from July 25th - 31st. Stay tuned to live.ripcurl.com for the latest, and see below for the heat draw for round one of the trials!
The official Rip Curl Cup opening ceremony will be held on August 1st at 4pm at Padang Padang Beach, formalities will include Balinese Offerings and Prayers, Traditional Balinese Kecak Dancing and meet and greets with the surfers.
The 2015 Opening Ceremony will also include a Wayang Puppet Show with revered Balinese Wayang Puppet Master - I Wayan “Cenkblong” Nardayana.
The Wayang Puppet Show will feature the story of the Hanoman “White Monkey” whose image is the main inspiration behind this years event artwork design by Bali based artist Ashley Bickerton.
The legendary Rip Curl Cup rooftop party will again take place at Rip Curl headquarters on Sunset Road, this time at the end of the window on August 28. Again, stay tuned to live.ripcurl.com for updates on the festivities, as more events and special occasions will be added to the lineup closer to the event window.
The Rip Curl Cup's slogan is It's On When It's On, but now you can be the first know by Signing up to Event Alerts on the Website - get all your Rip Curl Cup updates sent straight to your phone.
This year sees the introduction of our new Dawn Patrol show, a twice weekly video catch-up with competitors showcasing the best freesurf action from the archipelago, in and around the waiting period. It's going to be awesome so keep your eye on the website for all the latest.
We're thrilled to see the Rip Curl Cup return, and we know that the world is excited too. The recipe is in place, all we need now is for Huey to send Padang Padang some cooking waves and this year's Rip Curl Cup will be the best one yet!
WATCH IT LIVE - live.ripcurl.com
The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang is sponsored by: Telkomsel 4g, Telkom IndiHome, Hidden Valley, Bintang, Albens Cider, OctaFX, GrabCar, BIMC and Project Clean Uluwatu.
Media support by: Surfing World, Coastal Watch, Bali Belly, JUICE, Bali Alternative Media, Surf Time, and Indosurflife.com
TRIALS EVENT DRAW
Rip Curl Cup Trials Round 1
Agus Dag Sumerteyasa
Made Loco Swastika
Agus Blacky Setiawan
Komang Adi Putra
European #GROMSEARCH 2015 STOP7 Freshwater West, WALES.
15 July 2015
Freshwater West, Wales
Sunshine, waves and friendly locals welcomed Rip Curl and Surfing GB to the beautiful west Wales coast line, as the 2nd stop of the 2015 Rip Curl Grom Search rolled into Freshwater West on Saturday July 11th.
Part of a global search to find the best young surfers, the UK Grom Search started strongly in June with the Croyde stop and the surf pushed in to welcome us with 2-3ft conditions in Wales, perfect for the young gun hoping to book their place in the European finals.
The crowd of eager young surfers arrived to a relaxed contest set up as events got under way and the heats began with the turn of the tide. All surfers checked in sporting free contest t-shirts and smiles, and the happy friendly vibe continued through the day. Strong competitive surfing from all as surfers took full advantage of the abundance of waves available, but it was certainly a day for the importance of wave selection.
Quarter finals of the U16 boys saw a powerful fin waft from Bude’s Kit Innes which the judges awarded the Smith Optics move of the day and a huge goodie bag from the sponsors to.
Under 12’s girls was a simple affair with a limited entry Bonita Whitelock took 1st place. Also from the Global Boarders gang we saw Thomas Reeves take his first competitive win in the U12 boys.
With her powerful turns and smooth carving cutties Ellie Turner took the double, claiming the U14 and U16 titles. Whilst the ever consistent Seth Morris took the U14 boys title on home turf with strong competitive surfing on show once again.
The under 16 Boys final was as fast and furious as you’d expect but Welsh and ever smiling Patrick Langdon-Dark proved his skills and the judges rewarded him with the win.
Ellie Turner has now secured the first ticket to the European Rip Curl Grom Search finals to be held somewhere in Europe later this year. The stage is now set for the Watergate bay showdown in August to see which two boys and one more girl will join her.
The beach presentations saw the respective champions crowned in front of an enthusiastic crowd, and weighed down with prizes including Rip Curl GPS watches, spanking Smith Optics sunnies and a host of other treat.
Thanks to everyone who made it such an enjoyable and friendly event.
Under 16 boys
1st – Patrick Langdon-Dark
2nd – Leo Reeves
3rd – Kit Innes
4th – Cieran Hughes
Under 16 Girls
1st – Ellie Turner
2nd – Niamh Mathias
3rd – Bethan lewis
4th – Bonita Whitelock
5th – Ffion Hughes
1st– Seth Morris
2nd – Leo Reeves
3rd – Noah Capps
4th – Jack Mathias
1st – Ellie Turner
2nd – Bonita Whitelock
3rd – Ffion Hughes
1st – Thomas Reeves
2nd – Bertie Norman
3rd – Ejay Cogger
4th – Eli Perrins
5th – Sol Williams
1st – Bonita Whitelock
European #GromSearch STOP6 Peniche, PORTUGAL
15 July 2015
It was last week on the famous surf spot called Peniche.
Fun waves and great level of surfing during these 2 days!
Thx to all competitors, parents, organizators & partners
Smith Optics FCS Gorilla Grip EQ Love
Here is the full report with all results.
- 16 years old
1 Dylan Groen
2 João Moreira
3 Vasco Mónica
4 Tomás Ribeiro
- 14 years old
1 Guilherme Ribeiro
2 João Vidal
3 Martim Paulino
4 Tomás Lacerda
- 12 years old
1 Martim Paulino
2 Joaquim Chaves
3 Martim Van Zeller
4 José Ribeiro
- 16 years old
1 Teresa Bonvalot
2 Inês Bispo
3 Beatriz Santos
4 Camila Costa
European #GromSearch STOP5 Croyde (Devon), UK
23 June 2015
Ripcurl’s worldwide search for the best junior Surfers commenced for 2015 in the UK over the past weekend, with the Ripcurl Grom Search at Goldcoast Oceanfest. In a weekend of varied conditions and moments of brilliance, the champions were crowned and the first points awarded across a highly competitive field that featured a strong entry in all 6 divisions.
Day 1 was a dance with conditions, as surfers negotiated the small surf, big tides and varied banks, whilst day 2 provided a drop in wave period but an increase in swell, resulting in a fun day with plenty of waves for all. Come the end of the weekend, following lots of impressive surfing from all the happy Groms, it was finals time. The girls under 16 title was awarded to Ellie Turner of Bude, who actually won both the under 14’s and 16’s divisions, with Jersey’s Kitty Brewer taking a close 2nd in both divisions also. The boys under 16’s title was taken by Liam Murray-Strout with confident and powerful surfing in the final, followed by little rippers Kit Innes and Seth Morris and under 14 champion Noah Capps in 4th. Liam’s surfing also earned the Smith Optics move of the day, which is a prize awarded by the judges in recognition of the best surfing on a wave seen throughout the weekend.
The under 14’s boys division was a highly competitive field that ultimately saw a confident Noah Capps take his first Grom Search win. As mentioned, Ellie and Kitty featured in both 14’s and 16’s girl’s finals, as well as Lily Mandeville, showing that this age group has a strong future. The boys under 12’s final was a close one between second place and local Croyde Grom Jake Arrowsmith but Exeter’s Sam Hearn defeated him with a crucial 0.27 heat score difference. The girls under 12’s was great to see with Bonita Whitelock taking the win and posting a combined heat score of 11.00.
The sunshine came out for the presentations which took place on a packed out Croyde Beach, with great prizes including GPS watches and goodie bags from Ripcurl and Smith Optics. The finalists were then surprised and whisked off to the festival where they were again awarded with their 1st place medals in front of festival goers and projected onto the big screens, an experience they won’t forget soon.
The next event is at Freshwater West, Wales on July 11/12th, entry will open in the coming days.
Thx to our partners Smith Optic, FCS Fins, Gorilla Grip, EQ.
1ST – Liam Murray-Strout
2nd – Kit Innes
3rd – Seth Morris
4th – Noah Capps
1st – Ellie Turner
2nd – Kitty Brewer
3rd – Bethan Lewis
4th – Lily Mandeville
1st – Noah Capps
2nd – Seth Morris
3rd – Barnaby Cox
4th – Sol Hawkins
1ST – Ellie Turner
2nd – Kitty Brewer
3rd - Lily Mandeville
4th – Ffion Hughes
1st – Sam Hearn
2nd – Jake Arrowsmith
3rd – Bertie Norman
4th – Thomas Reeves
1ST – Bonita Whitelock
2nd – Lauren Sandland
3rd – Tula Buck
4th – Tegan Blackford
Wright makes history winning Fiji Pro with perfect score
16 June 2015
TAVARUA, Fiji (Tuesday, June 16, 2015) - Owen Wright (AUS) has won the Fiji Pro in historic fashion today, claiming his second Perfect 20 of the event in the Final bout against compatriot Julian Wilson (AUS) held in pumping eight-to-ten foot (2.5 - 3 metre) barrels.
Stop No. 5 of 11 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), the Fiji Pro, has been treated to an abundance of swell and incredible performances by the world’s best surfers, culminating today with Wright’s unparalleled mastery of Cloudbreak.
“I can’t believe it, to finish with a couple of 10’s is a dream come true,” said Wright. “I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes and watching the top guys closely and it’s definitely paid off. Gabriel Medina has been a huge inspiration for me, especially watching him at this event last year and what he’s done.”
Wright was the form surfer of the event after a series of incredible performances and huge scores, including a flawless Round 5 heat where he posted his first perfect heat total (only the then-seventh in sport’s history). The Australian made history today by delivering another Perfect 20 in the Final, the sport’s eighth ever perfect heat total, as the first surfer to achieve this incredible feat twice in one event.
Wright’s win at the Fiji Pro is his second CT victory, after a previous win at the Quiksilver Pro New York in 2011. Wright came into to the event ranked sixth in the world and the result sees him jump up to third on the Jeep Leaderboard. A combination of deep barrel rides and carving rail-work helped the goofyfooter reach the Final after defeating Jeremy Flores (FRA) in the Semifinals and Joel Parkinson (AUS) in the Quarters earlier today.
“Yesterday was a dream come true and today is even better,” Wright said. “To finish with two 10’s is really special. I was watching the ocean before the Final and I knew it would turn on. I knew I just had to be in that rhythm and the waves came and I took them. I’m stoked to be back up on the podium and wouldn’t be here without all the support back home.”
#MyBikini Pauline ADO x Mexican Perfection
27 May 2015
Photo - Trent Mitchell
Pauline spent few days on the Mexican coast with all the team.
Sun, white sand & perfect waves, this is Mexico.
Curves, barrels and smiles, this is Pauline ADO.
Click play. Enjoy.
Music: Ray Montford Group - Celebrata
RIP CURL CONSOLIDATED ITS NETWORK OF STORES IN BIARRITZ
26 May 2015
With the opening of a store Rip Curl Girl and renovation of shop men in Biarritz, Rip Curl strengthens its presence in the heart of the European birthplace of surfing.
It is in the prestigious street Mazagran Rip Curl has chosen to open its second store dedicated to women (the first being in the center of Hossegor).
50 m2 with a mezzanine floor are arranged in the spirit of the brand, that is to say, inspired by the values and the Rip Curl world with a sober decor and warm, very visual. The brand's key stories are available through the ambassadors of the team: Alana Blanchard, Pauline Ado, Tyler Wright, Nikky Van Dijk present the latest Mirage and My Bikini models.
Wood tinted colored resin, brightness, high lightbox representing the Basque Coast, the curtains striped red and white gives this space a spirit both surfing and beach but respecting biarrots codes.
The jerseys supply and neoprene Bombshell is wide and the thrust direction merchandising recalls that the surfwear girl goes far beyond an offer of technical products by offering the final consumer a complete range with many product families (luggage, accessories, shoes, surfboards, surfwear ...).
A few steps from the Grand Plage, the men shop of 100 m2 overlooking the Hotel du Palais. One of the oldest shops Rip Curl has a makeover in this building turn of the century listed building in France. One finds all the technical offer with a wide choice of Mirage boardshorts, boards, watches tides or SearchGPS and combinations.
Regular renovations of its own stores allow the brand to follow its evolution and drive sales.
The network of shops Rip Curl Europe (fifteen to date) represents a real communication relay and highlights the history of the brand, news and all its innovations.
European #GromSearch 2015 STOP 4, Somo (SPAIN)
19 May 2015
RIP CURL GROM SEARCH // STOP4. SOMO ( RIBAMONTAN SEA ) - May 15/16th
After Guadeloupe, Italy & Capbreton, Somo Beach (Spain) hosted the GromSearch STOP4.
Surf conditions were really great with a glassy 3-4 feet.
150 groms (historic record) were ready to rumble!
Surfers come from: Cantabria, Euskalherria, Asturias, Galicia, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura, Castellón or Barcelona.
Thx a lot to all groms and a special thx to the staff for this great organization, it was a nice week end for everybody.
Below you can find all results and few pics.
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under 12 years old
1 Adur AMATRIAIN
2 Nestor GARCIA
3 TIM ELTER
4 MARIO RASINES
1 SEAN GUNNING
2 JOAN VILLAR
3 IKER AMATRIAIN
4 AXEL LOPETEGI
1 RUBEN VITORIA
2 ASIER IRIONDO
3 YAEL PENA
4 ENDIKA GARAI
1 JANIRE GONZALEZ
2 JUNE DEL CAMPO
3 JULIA GONZALEZ
4 MARTINA ALVAREZ
1 MELANIA SUAREZ
2 PAULA MARTINO
3 SARA URRESTI
4 INDIRA HERNANDEZ
1 ISABEL GUNDIN
2 MADDI AIZPURUA
3 IARA DOMINGUEZ
4 BELEN BOTIN
Partners: Smith Optic, FCS, Gorilla, EQ, Panasonic.
European #GROMSEARCH 2015 STOP3 Capbreton, FRANCE
19 May 2015
It was a really nice week end here in Capbreton for the third european GromSearch 2015.
Waves, sun, smiles & motivation, perfect combo for a perfect event.
Thx to all riders, level was really great!
You can find below all results, thx to our partners Smith Optics FCS Gorilla Grip EQ Love Sowest Cola .
And a big wink to Capbreton Surf Club for the great organization.
Photos - Alexandre Lesbats
Benjamins (-12 years old)
1 NOGUES Luan (USCBA)
2 PITER Sam (Lou Surfou)
3 LEDEE Noé (A Joe Reefer Surf Club)
4 LEDEE Thomas (A Joe Reefer Surf Club)
Minimes (-14 years old)
1 CARRIQUE Tiago (Biarritz Association Surf Club)
2 BOUCHGUA Téva (Lacanau Surf Club)
3 BUFFET Aurélien (29 HOOD UJAP Surf Club)
4 GOMEZ Dorian (Biarritz Association Surf Club)
Benjamines (-12 years old)
1 LACOME Juliette (Anglet Surf Club)
2 CHECA Clémence (Hossegor Surf Club)
3 TERMEAU Lili (Hendaye Bidassoa Surf Club)4 LEICEAGA Sarah (Hendaye Bidassoa Surf Club)
Minimes (-14 years old)
1 CAZENAVE Elisa (Hendaye Bidassoa Surf Club)
2 LEICEAGA Ainhoa (Hendaye Bidassoa Surf Club)
3 GOASGUEN Illona ( 29 HOOD UJAP Surf Club)
4 DUBES Emma (Biarritz Association Surf Club)
European #GROMSEARCH 2015 STOP 2, Banzai Beach, Italy.
19 May 2015
First italian GromSearch: GREAT SUCCESS!
Santa Marinella beach, Rome, Italy (April 28, 2015)
On Tuesday, 28 April, Rip Curl Grom Search took place for the first time in Italy at Banzai.
The long-awaited contest dedicated to all Italian Groms had a waiting period for the entire month of April and finally the RIP CURL team rider contest director Alessandro Marciano kicked off on Tuesday 28 April. And it was a great success!
Participants from every part of the peninsula arrived early in a slightly rainy morning. Fortunately shortly later the sun came out and waves of Banzai lighted up in front of the audience. The spot offered one meter and half wave, perfect for all categories allowed in the race.
The first Groms who started the competition were Under 12! All the kids were excited about surfing in one of the most famous spots of Italy. At the beginning they were struggling a bit because of the strong current but they tried anyway to take off on the biggest waves. All the boys were supported in the water by the Italian Surf Champ Valentina Vitale, a reassuring figure close to these young and future champions. During the finals Catanzariti, who will win the U12 Contest, Venturini, Santucci and Funari challenged on every wave.
Then it was the Girl’s turn with a “final four” in which Pacitto Onda and Iacopini Emma took respectively the first and the second position on the podium, despite Salvati Ottavia and Sanchietti Matilde were both tied at the third place.
Meanwhile on stage the contest was being followed in with great attention: the jury was made up of some of the best Italian surf personalities, especially Marco Gregori, head-judge of international level with great experience, who perfectly managed the team, called “dream team”, made up of veterans such as: Francesco Mangino, Roberto Bersani, Simone Giorgi and Martina Camerini. Andrea Civelli, Rip Curl Italy Sales and Marketing manager, followed closely this contest in Santa Marinella.
As expected, the contest level started to rise with Under-14 Groms. Sea conditions remained substantially stable even though the important thing is choosing the right wave. The final was played by the four surfers in best shape: Bramucci, Caruso, Spadoni and the winner Calatri. The shouting, the screaming and cheering grew based on the categories and the tricks of the riders in the batteries.
Then it was the time for Under-16 category, the most entertaining and performing.
The constant wind was blowing from the sea but it didn’t ruin the continuous waves sets in front of the Rip Curl village on the beach.
After the first qualification round the race led to 2 semi-finals in which Di Fazio (Rip Curl Italy team rider) and De Maria failed to express their full potential and couldn’t reach the next heat.
The contest ended with a four good surfers: Mallorca, Lucchini, Pacitto, and Migliorini.
This heat was a real fight until the last wave and in extremis Mattia Migliorini won the category U16. Mattia will then take part in the European final to be held in 2016.
Waves, sun, music and lots of fun for the first edition of GROM SEARCH ITALY organized by RIP CURL ITALY, Santa Marinella Surf Club, historical beach club of Banzai.
Before the awards a brief intervention of the Delegate of Tourism of Santa Marinella Municipality, Alessio Marcozzi, who underlined the importance of sport for young people especially of surfing and of these events.
Special thanks to: City of Santa Marinella, the Harbour, Banzai Green, Musical Works and our collaborators such as local photographer Carlo Sarnacchioli and an exceptional video reporter as Nicola Bresciani.
1) Onda Pacitto.
2) Emma Iacopini.
3) Ottavia Salvati / Matilde Sanchietti.
UNDER 12 RESULTS:
1) Ian Catanzariti.
2) Alessandro Venturini.
3) Giorgio Santucci.
4) Valerio Funari.
UNDER 14 RESULTS:
1) Matteo Colatri.
2) Edoardo Spadoni.
3) Giulio Caruso.
4) Daniel Bramucci.
UNDER 16 RESULTS:
1) Mattia Migliorini.
2) Mauro Pacitto.
3) Giacomo Lucchini.
4) Mattia Mallorca.
Pupo and McGonagle crowned International champions
5 May 2015
Local surfer Samuel Pupo (BRA) and Leilani McGonagle (CRI) have been crowned Rip Curl GromSearch International champions over Kei Kobayashi (USA) and Australian Jaleesa Vincent in fantastic conditions at Maresias Beach, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Leilani McGonagle (CRI) and Samuel Pupo (BRA) celebrate winning the Rip Curl GromSearch International final with world champ Gabriel Medina. Photo: Likoska Adrenalimitz & Silvia Winik.
Top junior surfers from around the world battled it out over two days of competition at the Rip Curl GromSearch International final hosted by current WSL world champion Gabriel
Medina and presented by GoPro, in front of a crowd of thousands watching from the beach.
Pupo (14), the younger brother of top WSL surfer Miguel Pupo thrilled spectators at Maresias by putting on a dominant performance at his home break.
He built momentum through the final day, securing great scores in every heat including a perfect 10 point ride in his semi final to progress to the last heat of the day full of confidence against second seed Kobayashi (USA).
The early exchanges between the two were close until Pupo scored the highest wave of the final, a 9.75 for a long left hander 10 minutes from the end, leaving Kobayashi requiring a perfect 10 point ride to overturn the deficit, a task he was unable achieve.
"It’s a privilege to win here with Gabriel in attendance and all of the crowd supporting me. We both grew up surfing here and I’m honoured to win such a prestigious event at the beach where it all started," Pupo said.
In the girls division Australian Jaleesa Vincent (16, Coolum) knocked out the event’s number one seed Caroline Marks (USA) in the semis to set up a final showdown with Costa Rican Leilani McGonagle.
McGonagle immediately got to work in the final posting two good scores to put the pressure on Vincent who responded with a score to match, but couldn’t find a second, leaving her as runner-up, and McGonagle the first Central American to win a Rip Curl GromSearch International title.
"I’m really excited to be the first ever Costa Rican champion, it means a lot. It’s so cool to have my name on the winners’ list alongside my Hawaiian friends Tatiana Weston-Webb and Brisa Hennessy and all the other GromSearch winners!" McGonagle said.
The list of former Rip Curl GromSearch International finalists include many stars currently on the elite WSL World Tour, names like Owen and Tyler Wright (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS).
The 2015 Rip Curl GromSearch International final in Maresias is presented by GoPro - Be a Hero, with major partner POSCA and support from Coconut's Maresias Hotel, April 28 – May 3.
São Paulo Surfing Federation and the City Hall of São Sebastião are collaborators. The event is covered by Fluir magazine and Waves website, with daily reports by FMA News.
Leilani McGonagle (CRI) and Samuel Pupo (BRA) celebrate winning the Rip Curl GromSearch International final with world champ Gabriel Medina. Photo: Likoska Adrenalimitz & Silvia Winik.
2015 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final Results
Samuel Pupo (BRA) 17.25 def. Kei Kobayashi (USA) 14.25
SF1: Samuel Pupo (BRA) 19.40 def. Lens Arancibia (FRA) 13.50
SF2: Kei Kobayashi (USA) 16.65 def. Kehu Butler (NZL) 16.35
Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 14.40 def. Jaleesa Vicente (AUS) 13.25
SF1: Jaleesa Vincent (AUS) 15.15 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 14.50
SF2: Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 15.50 def. Raiha Ensor (NZL) 12.45
European #GromSearch 2015 STOP 1, Guadeloupe
28 April 2015
Fun waves and great level of surfing for the first stop of the Rip Curl European GromSearch.
2 surf spots welcome the event, Anse Bertrand last saturday, and Le Moule yesterday.
Congratulations to all the groms for all the great show during the series and a big thank to all our sponsors: Smith Optics, FCS, Gorilla Grip, EQ Love.
Special Wink to COMITE GUADELOUPEEN DE SURF, Gwada Surfshop, thx a lot for your help and your warm welcome.
Special congrats to all winners:
Cadette (-16 years old)
1- Nell Auptel
2- Brendy Delannay
Minimes (-12 years old)
1- Hina Conradi
2- Bahia Frediani
3- Julia Dufrechou
4- Cleopatre Thomas
Benjamine (-12 years old)
1- Nahia Milhau
2- Noée Minot
Cadet (-16 years old)
1- Leo-Paul Etienne
2- Thomas Debierre
3- Thomas Doumenjou
4- Victor Fabre
Minime (-14 years old)
1- Norman Peuron
2- Titouan Veschambre
3- Victor Heyberger
4- Lucas Desmoucelle
Benjamin (-12 years old)
1- Noé Ledée
2- Thomas Lédée
3- Mathis Azam
4- Shan Poloni
Gabriel Medina Is One Of TIME’s Magazine “Most Influential 100″
17 April 2015
Photo - @Luciocunha
Current WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina listed in Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential people, joining the likes of Kanye West, Pope Francis and Taylor Swift!
"When Gabriel Medina won Brazil’s first surfing world title last year, he did more than become the second youngest champion ever. He showed that his ascendant nation was now a serious player in a sport that is taking off around the world. From 2001 to 2011, the total number of surfers jumped 35%, to some 35 million, and the sport is projected to become a $13.2 billion global industry by 2017." - Time Magazine
View the full list: www.time.com/3823170/gabriel-medina-2015-time-100/
Photo - @warbs
Photo - @Corey_Wilson
Photo - @Stugibson
Winter season - This is the end (almost)
16 April 2015
Here are some fresh news from the last few weeks:
- Emilien BADOUX has some serious competition in the Freeride World Tour ! Video must see!
- Victor DE LE RUE, Sam FAVRET et Emilien BADOUX are filming in Alaska for Rip Curl.
- Martin MIKYSKA is the new slope style Czech champion 2015 and won the Spring Session !
- Nils ARVIDSSON, Nate JOHNSTONE and Jessy CORNU are back from a Search Trip in Norway.
Kyllian GUERIN - My winter games
10 April 2015
"When you are dreaming about something special, sometimes it happens! In " My winter games", you will travel with me in hot water and in the "pura vida" country. Costa Rica is such a nice place and for sure a small paradise, but You can also find your own paradise everywhere. You just need to dream about it !! "
Costa Rica, France...
This is Kyllian's new edit, and it's a blast!
Yes, he is 12.
Take a seat, grab a coffee, click play, & enjoy!
Fanning wins Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
9 April 2015
Credit - Jo Humphries
April 9, 2015, Mick Fanning (AUS) has won the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach after battling 2013 Bells Beach winner Adriano de Souza (BRA) for the right to ring the Bell.
Finals day at the 54th running of the event saw conditions clean up for the 35-minute heat while the two Bells champions delivered the closest Final in Championship Tour history.
Victory for Fanning today means that he is tied with Kelly Slater (USA) and Mark Richards (AUS) with four Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach wins each, the most in the event’s history. He first won in 2001 as a wildcard and then again in 2012 and 2014. The three-time World Champion also ties with Andy Irons (HAW), who both have 20 CT event wins.
The first ever tiebreak Final in CT history puts Fanning on a path to his fourth World Title and he will take the gold leader jersey going into the third event on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) in Margaret River. Today’s match-up was the pair’s 10th in CT history, including three at Bells Beach, and Fanning has taken seven wins while De Souza has three.
De Souza was first to take a wave in the Final for a small score and backed it up with 20 minutes remaining, putting the pressure on and leaving Fanning scoreless. The Australian went down on his first wave and De Souza capitalized on the mistake quickly, answering with another ride, unleashing big turns for a 7.50 and a 13.83 heat total.
Fanning came back with an impressive layback hack, clean rail work and a series of critical turns for an excellent 8.17, putting him back in contention. Another wave with 10 minutes remaining saw Fanning claim the lead with 7.10.
De Souza, the only Brazilian male to ring the bell, continued to demonstrate smooth, seamless surfing, searching for a 7.78 to take back the top spot, and was awarded 7.77 leaving the pair tied with 15.27 each. In a tiebreak situation the highest single-wave score wins the heat, which was Fanning’s 8.17.
With less than two minutes remaining De Souza couldn’t find the score and leaves Bells Beach with a second-place finish, 8,000 points and moves up to third place on the WSL rankings.
“It’s insane that it’s the first time ever a finals has been a tie. I can’t believe it, it’s just radical," Fanning said.
“Adriano is a top bloke, he throws throw his heart into everything, and he trains his heart out.”
“Every time I paddle out i just want to do my best. You want to go and just throw yourself into it the best you can and not have any regrets."
Tomorrow should see the Women's finals run, with the action anticipated to start early in the day on the low tide at Bells. (Quarterfinal heat draw below).
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
1: Mick Fanning (AUS) - 15.27 (Fanning wins with the heat’s highest single-wave score - 8.17)
2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) - 15.27
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.84 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.87
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.70 def. Nat Young (USA) 14.23
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.60 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 8.33
QF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.00 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 7.93
QF 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.76 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60
QF 4: Nat Young (USA) 15.10 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.86
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Match-ups:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 4: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Credit - Corey Wilson
Credit - Corey Wilson
Kyllian Guerin - My Search #1 Bells Beach
8 April 2015
Bells is firing theses days, you already know that.
The #RipCurlPro is ON, quarter finals are on the way, and between each round, the right welcome a bunch of free surfers coming from all over the world to check the event and surf this mytical wave.
Our young french rider Kyllian (don't need to present him anymore...), is acually there, to surf with the international team, meet all the Rip Curl crew, and mostly to realize his dream of surfing this classic spot.
Here are Kyllian's few words, and pictures done by his father Arnaud Guerin.
"I'm really happy to be in Australia at Bells Beach. This is a legendary wave so powerful. It 's hard to surf and you have always to look at the soulder and try to get enough speed to make the section. But Bells is really cool! Otherwise Winkipop is like a skate park. The first day of competition was perfect and Jeremy (Flores) killed his heat! The atmosphere is really good in the water, and I paddle hard to not let all the waves to Kelly, Mick or Gaby!! This is a great start for my Australian stay .. "
Game ON Kyllian!
Rip Curl Grom Camp - Canary Islands
7 April 2015
The Rip Curl Grom team went to Canary Islands last march searching for uncrowded waves and warm weather to get ready for the up coming contest season.
Don't forget their names as you should hear from them soon.
Film + Edit: Andy Benetrix
Music: "Change" by Ah2 www.gettyimages.com
Riders: Kyllian Guerin, Joao Vidal, Ariane Ochoa, Lander Davila, Maddi Aizpurua, Diego Suarez, Augustin Arrivé & Harry De Roth
Coach: Yann Martin
Mason Ho Secures Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Wildcard
26 March 2015
Mason Ho goes to town somewhere on the North Shore, Hawaii. Credit: Warbrick.
Mason Ho Secures Rip Curl Pro Wildcard
Hawaii’s Mason Ho is preparing to take on the world’s best next week at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia, the second stop on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL)
Championship Tour (CT) as the recipient of the 2015 Rip Curl wildcard.
Currently ranked 16th on the World Qualifying Series (WQS), the regular-foot from Oahu’s famed North Shore will join the WSL’s top 34 in Torquay between April 1 and April 12.
Ho, 26, inked a multi-year deal with Rip Curl earlier this month following his victory at the Backdoor Shootout and runner-up finish at the Volcom Pipeline Pro.
After landing in Victoria last night and hitting the building swell at Bells Beach this morning, he said he was excited to return to Bells Beach, where he won the Rip Curl GromSearch in 2005.
“I can’t stop thinking about how fun it's going to be, almost everything I’ve seen for a couple days has looked like a Bell that had to be rung,” Ho said.
“I absolutely love surfing in Australia. It was the first country I went to outside of the United States. And it's nice having the chance to build on family tradition at such a historical surfing event like Bells.”
Ho is the son of legendary Hawaiian Michael Ho, who placed 6th at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in 1978. His uncle Derek was the 1993 World Champion and his younger sister Coco has enjoyed a strong run at the event since she stepped onto the Championship Tour in 2009.
Ho will meet either current World Champion Gabriel Medina or 3 x World Champion Mick Fanning in Round One.
He said he was anticipating some really high-risk maneuvers at the Rip Curl Pro this year, “I really want huge Bells, the bigger the better; extra drama."
“I just want to pick nice waves, slam the lip and ride all my good waves up the beach. I’ll be going into it super happy just having a chance, and I feel blessed to be a part of such a solid company like Rip Curl.”
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is the longest-running professional surfing contest in the world and one of the most coveted titles on Tour. This year celebrates the 54th running of the event.
The event window runs from Wednesday April 1 to Sunday April 12, 2015 and if you’re not at Bells Beach you can catch all the action live at WorldSurfLeague.com.
RIP CURL GROMSEARCH 2015 - Back in the game!
26 March 2015
The 2015 Rip Curl GromSearch series will start in Santa Marinella, Italy next April.
Thanks to Rip Curl’s partners, Smith, FCS and Gorilla grip, the European Gromsearch series will be back in 2015 looking for the best European surfers under 16.
The best European groms surfing the best European waves
Since its inception in Australia in 1999 the GromSearch series has continually unearthed the next generation of surfing stars such as 2014 World Surfing Champions Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore.
The GromSearch is seen by most of the groms as the best event in the world. It offers young surfers under 16 (girls and boys) the chance to show off their talents in the environment of a friendly and relaxed competition.
50% of International GromSearch winners are on the World Tour… Who will be next one ?
The European GromSearch series has also revealed some amazing talents, such as Lens Arancibia (2014 European winner), Leonardo Fioravanti (2013 European/World winner).
Rip Curl will travel 12 famous beaches in 6 European countries (France, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Italy & Netherland) searching for the best up and coming surfers.
The next generation of world champion is surfing in the GromSearch and our official sponsor Smith, aware of the progression shown by all the kids, will be rewarding the “best move” of each event.
The winners of the European finals will have the chance to compete for a World GromSearch title against the best surfers from Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, USA & South Africa.
The International GromSearch finals will be held “somewhere” in one of the best spot in the World and Rip Curl will only revealed the location of the final a few week before the event to keep the secret !
Photo - Damien POULLENOT
COME AND ENJOY OUR GROMSEARCH VILLAGE WITH SOME GREAT ACTION IN THE WATER !
Apart from the incredible action in the water, each GromSearch stop will offer an array of fun and interactive experiences on the beach.
On most of the stops Rip Curl riders will come to watch the action and share some secrets with the competitors.
Legendary shapers such as Maurice Cole will also be available to share their wealth of surfing knowledge.
There will also be test centres at each stop so anyone can test drive Rip Curl’s state of the art surf products including new model wetsuits, surfboards, the lastest FCS II fins and the new SearchGPS watch.
On the top of giving away lot of products, our official sponsor Smith will explain the dangers of the sun to all the beach lovers and the necessity to wear good sunglasses.
SoWest Cola will welcome everyone to his beach bar in Anglet and Capbreton to hydrate the surfers and also the public.
Photo - Damien POULLENOT
Photo - Damien POULLENOT
Full 2015 schedule
FRANCE (Online registrations on Ripcurl.com will be available 3 weeks before the event).
Guadeloupe (French carribean) from the 25th & 26th of April
Capbreton (Landes) from the 8th to the 10th of May
Anglet (Bask coast) from the 8th to th 14th of July
Sables d’Olonne (Vendée) the 12th & 13th of September
Croyde (Devon) the 20th & 21st of June
Porthcawl (Wales) the 11th & 12th of July
Watergate bay (Cornwall) the 15th & 16th of August
Somo (Cantabria) from the 15th to the 17th of may
Sopelana (Bask Country) from the 28th to 30th of august
Peniche from the 1st to the 3rd of July
Scheveningen waiting period for all the November’s week ends
Banzai (Santa Marinella) waiting period during all the April’s week ends
Somwhere in Europe from the 8th to the 15th of November
Thanks to our sponsors Smith Optic, Gorilla, FCS & Sowest.
And thanks to our media partner Surf Session, Carve, 3sesenta, Surf Portugal.
Beyond Electric Dreams Francisco ALVES - Watch the video
25 March 2015
Our friend & rider Francisco ALVES spent few days in Ireland with Jayce Robinson.
The goal was, ride monsters! And they met Mullaghmore... Mullaghmore is one of the best big wave surfing locations in the world. All conditions were ON to make this left on fire.
It was Francisco's first trip to Ireland, and for sure not the last one!
Click play, and enjoy.
Director: Martim Condeixa
DOP: João Monge
Editor: Ricardo Damasio
Music: Ben Frost - Killshot
Medina to Host Rip Curl GromSearch International Final
20 March 2015
Photo - Corey WILSON
Current WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina is preparing to welcome Rip Curl GromSearch champions from around the world to his home break of Maresias Beach, Sao Paulo, Brazil for the prestigious Rip Curl GromSearch International Final, April 28 to May 3, 2015.
National GromSearch champions from regions including Australia, USA, Chile, New Zealand, Indonesia and Europe will face off against their Brazilian counterparts at the iconic beach break of Maresias for the chance to follow in Medina’s footsteps and become part of GromSearch history.
Medina joined the elite list of Rip Curl GromSearch International champions when he won the 2010 final at Bells Beach, Australia.
The current WSL World Champion sees the event as an important stepping-stone for an international career and has made time to host the next generation.
“I’m so stoked that Rip Curl has chosen Maresias for the final,” Medina said. “To share my home beach with these guys is going to mean so much to me."
The 2014 International GromSearch final was won by Californian Pat Curren and Hawaiian Brisa Hennessy, contested in flawless conditions at the exotic location of Lakey Peak, Indonesia.
The location for the 2015 International final, Maresias Beach, home of some of the best waves in Brazil, can produce powerful waves and hollow barrels on its day, and with a six-day event window the groms will have time on the side to score Sao Paulo at its best.
“The groms will love the waves, and the locals will welcome the visitors and really appreciate the high standard of surfing," Medina said.
“They are the next crop of champions, and I’m stoked they’re coming to my home beach.”
The Rip Curl GromSearch is a worldwide series of surfing events for the 16 years and under surfers; the ‘grommets’, and is now established as a key indicator of the future stars of world surfing.
It all started in 1999 as a one-day event at Jan Juc beach, Australia, and has developed into a global series providing surfers with the elite competitive experience needed for further development in their careers.
The Rip Curl GromSearch has grown into the biggest grom event series in the world with the first International final held at Bells Beach in 2005.
2015 marks the 12th year of the Rip Curl GromSearch.
Photo - Warbrick
Hello Mason Ho: Rip Curl Signs Hawaiian Star - Watch The Video
11 March 2015
Costa Mesa, CA (March 10, 2015): Rip Curl is ecstatic to announce the multi-year signing of Hawaiian superstar Mason Ho to our professional surf team. Hailing from Sunset Beach on Oahu’s famed North Shore, Mason brings it all to the Rip Curl program: progression, versatility, personality, legacy, and aloha.
“I'm honored to join a company like Rip Curl with so much surfing history, which I've heard about since the day I was born,” Mason said shortly after inking his new deal. “I’m really excited about this partnership and I'm going to do my best to represent the brand to my fullest.”
Son of legendary Hawaiian surfer, Michael Ho, it was only a matter of time before Mason came into his own. Over the past several years, the 26-year old regularfoot has transcended into one of the most exciting, entertaining, and versatile surfers on the planet.
Hot off a victory at the Backdoor Shoot out and a runner-up finish at the Volcom Pipeline Pro, Mason joins the Rip Curl team sprinting into 2015. He’ll continue to compete on the WSL World Qualifying Series in pursuit of WCT qualification.
However, renowned for his prowess without a comp jersey on, you can expect to see Mason joining teammates Gabriel Medina, Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, and Matt Wilkinson on Search trips around the planet.
“In this next chapter, I want to go on trips with Mick Fanning. He’s an inspiration for me, and I’m ready to go find perfect waves with him,” Mason added.
Style Master and 3x World Champ Tom Curren re-signes with Rip Curl!
25 February 2015
The legendary American actually signed his new deal on the beach at the Pipeline Masters while watching Gabriel Medina take out the 2014 world crown in December. As relaxed as ever after great winter surfing on the North Shore, Curren was happy to sign with his feet planted firmly in the sand as the heats rolled by, excited by pro surfing and his future.
"We have a good thing going together at Rip Curl..." Curren said. "There's a lot of things happening for the brand around the world and I feel like I've been a part of that for a long time. I want to keep surfing as much as I can, but I also want to be involved with the kids and with giving wherever I can on surfing and what it means to the Curl. I'll be out there on The Search this year too."
Rip Curl Head of Marketing Neil Ridgway said announcing the signings put a nice shine on things the week before the 2015 World Surf League tour starts.
Rip Curl ‘stoked’ to sign partnership with Surf Snowdonia
17 February 2015
World-first surf lagoon and surf academy will open in summer 2015
Surf Snowdonia, the world’s first ever publicly accessible Wavegarden®surfing lagoon, has announced a major partnership deal with Rip Curl, one of the world’s leading surf brands.
The partnership agreement will see Rip Curl provide wetsuits for Surf Snowdonia’s Surf Academy as well as wetsuits, clothing and accessories for sale in Surf Snowdonia’s retail space.
Rip Curl is the first major surf brand to partner with Surf Snowdonia, which is just months away from its opening date of July 2015. The one-of-a-kind facility is being constructed in the lee of the Snowdonia mountains in Conwy, North Wales.
With a decade of R&D behind it, Surf Snowdonia will deliver the longest man-made waves in the world at the push of a button. It will generate consistently powerful surfing waves of varying heights up to 2 metres, in a 300m long lagoon. With guaranteed barrelling point-break type rides of up to 20 seconds long, it’s a concept which has fired the imagination of surfers world-wide.
Sean Harris, Rip Curl UK country manager said: “Rip Curl are stoked to be partnering up with Surf Snowdonia. As the Ultimate Surfing Company, Rip Curl are constantly striving for innovation and technical leadership, and there's no doubt that Surf Snowdonia are delivering this with the world's first Wavegarden project open to the public.
“We can't wait to bring the joy of wave riding to the thousands of people who will, without question, be visiting Surf Snowdonia, including members of our Rip Curl pro team –some of the best surfers in the world.”
Andy Ainscough, director of Conwy Adventure Leisure Ltd, the company who are building Surf Snowdonia, said: “Our partnership with Rip Curl is great news for the 75,000+ visitors we’re expecting to come to surf in Snowdonia every year.
“Being warm and comfortable in the water can make the difference between a good day and a great day, and having the highest quality wetsuits and clothing for our visitors is an important part of the Surf Snowdonia offer.
“We believe that Rip Curl offers the best quality and most comprehensive range of wetsuits out there, which is why we’re so pleased to announce this partnership. Our range will include some of the more advanced Rip Curl wetsuits which you will be able to try out on the wave before purchasing them in our store.
“Rip Curl is a great global brand whose values sit well with ours: a determination to invest in cutting edge design and technology in order to deliver a world-class but accessible surfing experience.”
Surf Snowdonia will provide a safe surfing environment which is ideal for surfers of all ages and skill levels. Beginners and improvers will be able to take lessons in surfing, bodyboarding, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and surf kayaking from qualified watersports professionals at the Surf Academy. Surf Snowdonia will also play host to events, competitions and surf demos, giving the public access to some of the world’s top surfers.
The development of the 㾸million Surf Snowdonia Wavegarden is being keenly watched around the globe. A prototype facility in Spain has received rapturous approval from surf pros, including World Champions and Rip Curl ambassadors Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina.
The progress of the facility is also being closely followed by the International Surf Association, and may see surfing finally recognised as an Olympic sport.
The Search - Stepping Stones Full Movie!
10 February 2015
Join riders Victor De Le Rue, Nils Arvidsson, Wiley Tesseo, Emilien Badoux and skiers Sam Favret, Chris Booth and Mat Bijasson as they RV through the wonders of British Columbia, go one hill further on the steeps of Alaska and seek the secret gems of Chamonix. See these areas unfold as the Stepping Stones of mountain riding. Watch the riders hop from pillow to pillow, connect the dots and create their lines in the true spirit of The Search.
La Nord Rip Curl Challenge
20 January 2015
Rip Curl La Nord is not just a competition.
Big waves, adrenaline, fears and smiles.
It's a rendez vous.
On Wednesday, January 7th, the famous french spot called "La Nord" showed her real face with a solid 11-13 Ft
After a 2 months waiting period, La Nord were ready to welcome 48 of the best big waves french's riders.
Riders like Thomas Portet, Fred Compagnon, Antoine Delpero, Nelson Cloarec, Jean Francois Lartigue, Pilou Ducalm, Stephane Iralour , etc.... were invited to show how riding monsters works.
But, there was only one winner...
Congratulations to Jean François Lartigue, rider from Capbreton (Santocha Surf Club), who rode the biggest wave of the day!
Thanks a lot to Le Comité des Landes for the great organization.
Rip Curl GromSearch European Finals
15 December 2014
Congratulations to Len's Arancibia & Ariane Ochoa for winning the European GromSearch Finals presented by Posca !!
They both won a flight ticket for the World GromSearch finals somewhere in... (it will be pumping anyway)
It was a great event in Mundaka, one of the best wave in the world and all the kids were stocked to surf this famous left with no one out !
Thanks a lot to the local surfers, the Mundaka surf club and all the people involved.
Big thanks to our sponsors: Rip Curl, Posca, Smith Optics, FCS & Gorilla Grip
1. Len’s Arancibia
2. Will Bailey
3. Lander Davila
4. Jacome Correia
1. Ariane Ochoa
2. Teresa Bonvalot
3. Juliette Brice
4. Mariana Garcia
Filmed and edited by Judith Emanuel
Additional footage by Michel Andreou
Photos by Damien Poullenot
Music by www.gettyimages.com/Music
• Bring It - Full by Brian Wayy
• Smash and Grab by Ah2
8 December 2014
A short film about Gabriel Medina, shot during his 2014 ASP World Championship Tour campaign. Featuring interviews with two key people in his life - shaper John Cabianca and best friend Miguel Pupo - Shaping Medina looks at the themes and controversy that surround this young man on the verge of becoming Brazil's first world surfing champion.
Interviews & Edit: Jason Horton/See Food
Tom Lowe pushing the limits of cold surfing
24 November 2014
Arnaud Darrigade clinches the 2014 Royal Barrique
24 November 2014
Arnaud Darrigade wins 7th edition of the Royal Barrique - tube contest held in south west France every Fall season.
Pierre-Louis Costes in Japan
22 November 2014
"Never in my life, I thought I would score this kind of waves in Japan. It has exceeded my expectations, with some of the best waves I had in Asia," Costes revealed.
Citizen of the World
21 November 2014
« Citizen of the World » is the last edit of the young Grom Kyllian Guerin. Kyllian is so happy to be back in the water after his knee injury that took him out of the water for 6 month. At 11 years old, he lives between France and Costa Rica, and travels around the world searching for waves. From indonesia to the last swells at home in France, Kyllian is ripping and enjoying his life.
Fanning wins in Portugal!
28 October 2014
Fanning looked in form throughout the contest, winning all but his Round 1 heat. The Australian surfed five separate heats on the final day, dispatching Alejo Muniz (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Kai Otton (AUS), en route to the Final, where he faced Jordy Smith (ZAF). Fanning overtakes Kelly Slater (USA) on the WCT Rankings, claiming the second spot going into the last event of the season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters.
Heading into the final event of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, three surfers remain in contention for this year’s world surfing crown: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA):
- If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
- If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
- If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
- If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.
- If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina. If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Slater will needto win the event.
The next and final stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the Billabong Pipe Masters from December 8 - 20, 2014.
Highlights from the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal are available at ASPWorldTour.com
Tyler Wright is your 2014 Roxy Pro Champion
30 September 2014
HOSSEGOR/SEIGNOSSE, Southwest Coast/France (Sunday, September 28, 2014) - Tyler Wright (AUS) has claimed victory at the Roxy Pro France, besting Courtney Conlogue (USA) in a hard-fought Final as a packed crowd looked on at the primary site of Les Gardians.
Today’s win vaults Wright from 4th to 2nd on the ASP Women's World Championship Tour rankings and well within striking distance of a maiden world title heading into the final two events of the year.
“I feel like I’ve been surfing well all year but have had some tough luck in my heats,” Wright said.
“That said, I’ve managed to fly a little bit under the radar and keep myself in the race. It’s so tight up there at the top of the ratings so it should be a great finish to the year.”
Roxy Pro France Final Results:
1 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 19.20
2 - Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.43
Roxy Pro France Semi-finals Results (1st advances to Finals, 2nd finishes Equal 3rd):
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.00 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.50
SF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.77 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.10
Roxy Pro France Quarterfinals Results (1st advances to Semi-finals, 2nd finishes Equal 5th):
QF 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.53 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.50
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.53 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.24
QF 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.00 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.20
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 10.60 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5.03
Current ASP Women’s WCT Top 5 (after Roxy Pro France):
1. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 57,900 pts
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 56,200 pts
3. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 55,950 pts
4. Carissa Moore (HAW) 54,700 pts
5. Malia Manuel (HAW) 38,850 pts
Surfing Is Everything Taylor Knox
30 September 2014
When the water temps drop in California, Taylor Knox perks up. Dormant breaks come to life, conditions switch offshore, and Taylor thrives off being in the right spot at the right time. Suit up with T Knox, and see why Surfing Is Everything to him.
Starring: Taylor Knox
Track: Tisk Tisk
Film & Edit: Justin Jung
The Search - Stepping Stones Trailer
17 September 2014
With each era our passion has known, people have pushed the limits of exploration and innovation to new boundaries. Like a snowball thrown over the ledge before a cliff drop, they laid the paths to our Search and sent us in new directions.
Watch the riders hop from pillow to pillow, connect the dots and create their lines in the true spirit of The Search.
A 26 minute backcountry film by Olivier Pictet.
Welcome Tim Bisso!
15 September 2014
Rip Curl is Excited to sign new talent from Guadeloupe, 17 years old Tim Bisso!
With a very strong start of the year (Tim ended 3rd at the International Final of the GromSearch in Indonesia) young talent Tim Bisso just signed his entrance to be part of the Rip Curl Team.
Surfing in the European Championship in Açores at the moment, Tim will fly right after to Lanzarote (Canarias) to defend his podium spot in the Pro Junior.
As a shaper’s son and a native of carribean Guadeloupe, it was natural for him to turn to surfing at a young age. Today, He benefits from a special school surf program and Rip Curl’full support to achieve his goal : be part of the WQS Tour in 2015.
His Strong and technical surf has already secured him a victory at the Sopelana’s Pro Junior and a second place at the actual rating.
Gabriel Medina Wins Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014
31 August 2014
With a maxing swell pulsing at the famed Teahupo’o reef pass, Medina methodically and consistently scored in the excellent range to overcome each of his opponents. In the final, Medina and Slater battled to the final seconds; however, it was the young Brazilian who came out victorious.
"Kelly is a legend of surfing," Medina continued. "When I fell off, I thought I had lost that heat. But I thank God. This is the best feeling ever. The waves were perfect and big. This feeling is amazing. I don't know how to describe it. I love surfing; I love what I'm doing right now. I want to thank ASP to put this event on here, I love this wave now more. Thanks to the water patrol to keep us safe. I'm really happy to be part of this."
This makes the 3rd victory of Gabriel Medina’s 2014 ASP World Title campaign, solidifying his current #1 world-ranking heading into the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles.
18 July 2014
Congratulations to Lens Aranciba (under 16 boy) and Juliette Brice (under 16 girl) on winning the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by POSCA in Anglet, France!
The competition turned great, with a very deep motivation. So young… and so professional!
All children were all excited to be there, so were their parents who pushed them to accomplish the best of what they could do.
Thanks to all surfers for their enthusiasm, next stop Vieux Boucau, France on the 28th of July, to the 3rd of August, stay tuned!!
Filming + Editing :
R.I.P. Sonny Miller: 1960-2014
15 July 2014
In the 90s cinematographer Sonny Miller teamed up with Tom Curren and Rip Curl to make a series of surf movies based on The Search...
The partnership between surfer and cinematographer remains one of the great connections in surfing...
Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2014 - TRIALS
2 July 2014
27 June, 2014 - Kuta-Bali: In absolutely pumping 6 foot plus Padang-Padang this afternoon, Rathu Suargita, Mustofa Jeksen, Koki Hendrawan and Koko Mitsua had 40 coveted minutes to battle it out for the two wildcard spots up for grabs in the prestigious Rip Curl Cup Padang-Padang.
Now, we will see 12 of the world's best and 12 of Indonesia's best tuberiders take on Bali's most spectacular wave in a one-day barrel extravaganza sometime during the 6 week waiting period that runs from July 5 to August 17.
Pablo Gutierrez inspiring the Spanish Hell Team
2 July 2014
The Spanish Hell Team searching for some waves in Cantabria during a recent GromSearch event.
Riders: Pablo Gutierrez "El Matador", Lander Davila, Ariane Ochoa, Maddi Aizpurua, Diego Suarez, Fynnlee Miller & Sean Gunning
Music: All Alone by "SWELO"
Filming & Editing : FuelSurf
Brisa Hennessy - Under 18 USA Champion 2014
2 July 2014
14 year old, Kailua, Oahu native, Brisa Hennessy, has just taken down the top girls in the nation and has claimed the Under 18 USA Surfing Championships title at Lower Trestles. Brisa surfed up an age division and took the premier title after a come-from-behind victory in the stacked final. Congratulations on the big victory to Brisa from everyone at Rip Curl.