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2017 European GromSearch Series Stop #7 - Peniche, Portugal

4 July 2017

The international beach of Supertubos, stage of the Portuguese stop of the WSL Rip Curl Pro Portugal and the 2017 EuroSUP, consecrates the winners of the Portuguese edition of 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch, which this year had two stages, Costa da Caparica and Peniche.

The Portuguese representatives for the European Grand Final were shown in Peniche, two in each of the Under 16 Women's and Men's levels, one in each of the Under 14, Women's and Men's and Under 12 levels.

It was two long days of intense competition with 94 youngsters fighting for the tickets to the European Grand Final, which was the # 7 stop on the European leg of Rip GromSearch

For Jean-Sebastien ESTIENNE, Marketing Director of Rip Curl Europe, "We have seen some great level of surfing for the last stop of the GromSearch in Portugal. It was great to see the kid surfing Supertubos, the place where in 3 month time will welcome the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal. A big congratulation for all the kids and especially for the ones who qualified for the European GromSearch final that will take place in Hossegor this coming fall. A big thanks for all the sponsors that support the GromSearch series through Europe this year: Citroën, Smith, FCS & Gorilla Grip. I also would like to thank the municipality of Peniche for welcoming and supporting Rip Curl since 1987 and also the Peniche Surfing Clube for organizing this last stop of the Portuguese GromSearch Series.

Paulo Ferreira, president of the Peniche Surfing Club, says: "It is a privilege for us to organize the Rip Curl GromSearch uninterruptedly since 2012. Rip Curl has been our partner since the founding of our club in 2000. Supertubos provided excellent waves and high scores to young surfers. In 2018 we hope for everyone again, with some news. "

Results : 

In the category of the girls and in the Under 14 level, Gabriela Dinis confirms the good result obtained in the Costa da Caparica stage and takes of defeated its adversaries, Benedita Teixeira second, Beatriz Carvalho third, Marta Madeira fourth and Maria Leal Chaves fifth classified. 

At the under-16 level, Mafalda Lopes confirms her excellent competitive year and wins the competition, relegating Matilde Passarinho to second place, the two athletes from the local Peniche Surfing Clube Carolina Santos third and Concha Balsemão fourth place. Giovanna Branco was fifth in this final of five surfers.

This situation left Matilde Passarinho and Concha Balsemão tied for the second place for the big European final of Rip Curl GromSearch, by summation of the points with the Costa da Caparica stage, reason why the organization decided to do a supplementary battery of 15m for the tiebreaker.

Matilde Passarinho was the winner of this tiebreaker and thus includes the list of Portuguese representatives in the great European final of GromSearch.

In the men's category and in the Under 12 level, Santiago Graça configured the victory of the first Portuguese stage and was the great winner, with the local athlete Matias Canhoto second, Francisco Ordonhas third and Salvador Costa with the last place on the podium.

In Under-14, Martim Nunes, who had been second in the first stage, stamped his passport to the great final in Europe with this win, with Tomás Gonçalves in 2nd place, Sacha Garcia in third and João Mendonça in fourth.

In the Under 16 level, Guilherme Ribeiro won the competition, leaving Martim Paulino with second place, Afonso Antunes was third and Jose Maria Bruschy fourth.

Live short interviews (PT) to the winners:

Guilherme Ribeiro (U 16 Boys): https://www.facebook.com/peniche.surfclube/videos/1672875322742282/

Martin Nunes (U 14 Boys): https://www.facebook.com/peniche.surfclube/videos/1672841836078964/

Santiago Graça (U 12 Boys): https://www.facebook.com/peniche.surfclube/videos/1672806309415850/

Mafalda Lopes (U 16 Girls): https://www.facebook.com/peniche.surfclube/videos/1672718026091345/

Gabriela Dinis (U 14 Girls): https://www.facebook.com/peniche.surfclube/videos/1672695012760313/

The Rip GromSearch Peniche stop is a Rip Curl organization with the co-organization of the Peniche Surfing Club and the Peniche City Council, with the approval of the Portuguese Surfing Federation, sponsored by Rip Curl, Smith, FCS and Gorilla, national support of Águas de Portugal, Águas do Tejo Atlântico, EPAL and MEO, the institutional support of the Peniche Volunteer Firefighters and Peniche High Performance Center, with institutional partners such as the Portuguese Association of Cutaneous Cancer, the School of Tourism and Technology of the Sea - IPL and Superior School of Sports of Rio Maior - IPS and our media partners SurfTotal and MEO Beachcam.


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