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Rip Curl Grom Search

Rip Curl Grom Search



Created in Torquay, Australia, in 1999, the Rip Curl GromSearch is a competition exclusively for young surfers under the age of 16 with its own unique caracter. It is held in various regions of the world at the same time: Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, New Zealand, USA and Europe, leading to an international final which traditionally takes place “Somewhere” in spring.

Rip Curl Europe has taken the initiative of changing the competition format for this 20th anniversary, to make it an even more exciting challenge for the under-16 surfers.

For the 2019 edition, each nationality will go through the rounds of the tour in their own country. The countries involved are France, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Spain. The under-16 male and female winners from each country will both be sent directly to take part in the world grand final “Somewhere” in spring 2020.

There will be a  second chance, however, for surfers finishing between second and fifth places (inclusive) with a WildCard for the international final to be won in Peniche, Portugal, in a competition held for them, just before the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in October 2019.

Dutch and Italian surfers may also be selected to take part in this Portuguese round.

This 20th edition will also stress the importance of environmentally responsible behavior by our young surfers and their chaperones. Instead of having bottles of water distributed at the events, drinking water fountains will be available for everyone to refill their own reusable bottle, to promote the development of good habits. Recycling bins will be provided for each round, and the organizers will ensure that the ground rules of responsible behavior are respected in each country for each round.

The Rip Curl GromSearch is a real hotbed of young talent, having uncovered future World Champions  such as Stéphanie Gilmore (7 times World Champion and current world #1 in women’s surfing), the Brazilian prodigy and WSL 2019 World Champion Gabriel Medina, and many others. 

Rip Curl GromSearch 2019 will be another opportunity for young European talents to display their passion and challenge themselves in a fun and friendly atmosphere!


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 2019 schedule

Seignosse 08/06 to 10/06/2019. Report 15/06 and 16/06/2019.
Anglet 10/07 to 16/07/2019. Wainting Period
Lacanau 26/07 to 28/07/2019. Report TBC

Somo / Ribamontan al Mar / Cantabria   06/09 to 08/09/2019. Report 13/09 to 15/09/2019.
Zierbena / Playa de la Arena / Bizkaia   13/09 to 15/09/2019. Report 27/09 to 29/09/2019.

Island Anglo 07/09 and 08/09/2019. Report 21/09 and 22/09/2019.

Watergate Bay Cornwall 31/08 and 01/09/2019. Report 14/09 and 15/09/2019

Matosinhos 09/03 and 10/03/2019.
Costa de Caparica  25/05 and 26/05/2019.

Repechage final : Portugal Peniche 14/10 and 15/10/2019.



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Summary of 2018

  • FRANCE: 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 
  • ITALY: Versilia from the 10th of April to the 10 of May
  • SPAIN: 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
  • JERSEY : Island Anglo the 2nd & 3rd of June
  • UK: 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
  • PORTUGAL: Costa de Caparica the 09th and 10th of June, Peniche the 29 and 30th of September, Porto the 13 & 14th of october
  • NETHERLANDS: Scheveningen from 1st of september to 22th of octoberer



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 22th of September to 18th of november
  • 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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