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Rip Curl Grom Search

Rip Curl Grom Search

International final :  May 4-8, Raglan, New-Zealand


The 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch series will begin in Tartane, Martinique on February 10th & 11th

Thanks to Rip Curl’s partners, Citroën, Smith, FCS, and Gorilla, the European Gromsearch series will be back in 2018 looking for the best European surfers under 16.

Since its inception in Australia in 1999, the GromSearch series has continually unearthed the next generations of surfing stars and is now seen by most of the kids as one of the best and funnest event in the world.

Current WSL World Tour surfers (2017) who have competed in the Rip Curl GromSearch include, between others:

Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Kolohe Andino (USA), Felipe Toledo (Brazil), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Tyler Wright (Australia), Stephanie Gilmore (Australia), Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia)

The best Groms surfing the best European waves

This year, Rip Curl will travel to 15 spots in 7 European countries (France, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy & Netherlands) searching for the best up and coming surfers. 3 stops in Ireland, Portugal (Porto) and Spain (Salinas) will be added to the schedule.

All Rip Curl GromSearch events include boys’ and girls’ divisions in 16-and-under, 14-and-under, and 12-and-under age groups. Surfers receive points for their results in each event, which then count towards a National GromSearch ratings system. The best under 16 boys and girls from UK, Spain, France, Portugal will go straight to the World Finals. 
The International GromSearch Finals will be held “Somewhere” in one of the best spot in the World and Rip Curl will only reveal the location of the final a few week before the event to keep the excitement all the way to the end !


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.




Full 2018 schedule

Martinique (Tartane) the 10th and 11th of February
Hossegor (Landes)  the 26th & 27th of May or 2nd & 3rd of June
Anglet (Bask coast) from the 9th to the 15th of July
Lacanau the 15th & 16th of September or 22 & 23 of September 

ITALIE : Versilia from the 10th of April to the 10 of May

Zierbena the 14th & 15th of April or 5th to 6th of May
Somo the 28th & 29th of April or 5th to 6th of May
Salinas the 1st & 2nd of September or 8 and 9 of September

Island Anglo the 2nd & 3rd of June

Croyde Bay Devon the 16th and 17th or 23rd & 24th of June 
Watergate Bay Cornwall the 1st & 2nd of September or 8 & 9th of September

Costa de Caparica the 09th and 10th of June
Peniche the 29 and 30th of September
Porto the 13 & 14th of october

Scheveningen from 22th of September to 18th of november

Final : To be confirmed



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Summary of 2017

  • FRANCE: Guadeloupe the 28th & 29th of January, Capbreton (Landes) from the 03rd to the 05th of June, Anglet (Bask coast) from the 10th to the 16th of July, Oleron Island from the 19th to the 24th of August
  • ITALY: Versilia from the 10th of March to the 21 of May
  • SPAIN: Somo the 1st and 2nd of April - Report in April, San Vicente de la Barquera the 13th and 14th of May OR from 26th to 21 of May
  • UK: Croyde Bay-devon the 17 and 18th of June, Watergate Bay Cornwall the 19 and 20 of August
  • PORTUGAL: Costa de Caparica the 27th and 28th of May, Peniche the 29th and 30th of June
  • NETHERLANDS: Scheveningen from 1st of september to 22th of octoberer
  • EUROPEAN FINALS: Hossegor the 11th and 12th of november


Summary of 2016

  • FRANCE: Martinique (Tartane) the 27th & 28th of February, Capbreton (Landes) the 25th & 26th of September OR 1st & 2nd of October, Anglet (Bask coast) from the 9th to the 15th of July, Hossegor/Seignosse the 30th & 31th of August
  • UK: Croyde the 9th & 10th of July
  • SPAIN: Gijón from the 7th & 8th of May, San Vicente de la Barquera the 21th & 22th of May, Los Locos the 10th & 11th of September OR the 17th & 18th of September
  • PORTUGAL: Peniche from the 30th of June & 1st of July
  • NETHERLANDS: Scheveningen from the 17th of September to the 16th of October
  • ITALY: Levanto form the 15th of March to the 15th of April
  • EUROPEAN FINALS: Galicia (Spain) from the 30th of October to the 6th of November

Summary of 2015

  • FRANCE: Guadeloupe 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
  • UK: Croyde (Devon) the 20th & 21st of June, Porthcawl (Wales) the 11th & 12th of July, Watergate bay (Cornwall) the 15th & 16th of August
  • SPAIN: Somo (Cantabria) from the 15th to the 17th of may, Sopelana (Bask Country) from the 28th to 30th of august
  • PORTUGAL: Peniche from the 1st to the 3rd of July
  • NETHERLANDS: Scheveningen waiting period for all the November’s week ends
  • ITALY: Banzai (Santa Marinella) waiting period for all the April’s week ends
  • EUROPEAN FINALS: Cap Vert from the 12th to the 19th of February 2016

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