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GromSearch Competitors Dominate at the Rip Curl Pro Raglan

5 May 2018

New Zealand’s premiere surf event, The Rip Curl Pro Raglan, kicked off today in two-to-three-foot peelers at Manu Bay in Raglan, North Island – hosting the very best of New Zealand’s homegrown surfing talent, alongside the competitors of the GromSearch International Final.

The 16 junior surfers competing in the International Final opted in to also surf in the Rip Curl Pro Raglan, therefore having their seed for Rd 1 of the International Final determined by their score in Rd 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Raglan. A good move on behalf of the competitors it turns out, with 10 of the 16 groms making it through to the second and final day of competition.

In between heats, surfers snuck off to drive around the corner – which, in Raglan, is down a dirt road – searching for waves and finding stunning vistas. A part of the GromSearch experience is learning about the country and the land, and learning how to really “travel” while competing.

Tomorrow the groms will compete in the final day of the Rip Curl Pro Raglan, their last chance to get some practice surfs in on the long left of Manu Bay… before the show begins.


2018 List of Competitors:

  • Australia: Finn Hill & Piper Harrison
  • Brazil: Lucas Vicente & Anne dos Santos
  • Europe: Guilherme Ribeiro (PRT) & Emma Dubes (FRA)
  • Indonesia: Kona Eru & Taina Izquierda
  • New Zealand: Caleb Cutmore & 
Saffi Vette
  • USA: Cole Houshmand & Keala Tomoda-Bannert
  • International wildcards: Xavier Huxtable (AUS) & Kirra-Belle Olsson (AUS)
  • New Zealand Local Wildcards: Brie Bennett &Navrone Malone

Rip Curl ran the first ever GromSearch event in 1999 to provide a fun competitive event for 16-and-under junior surfers, and since then it has developed into a worldwide series that culminated at the International Final. This Final is held at a different location each year, with a focus on nurturing the development of the next generation of elite surfers.

The Rip Curl GromSearch International final will be run in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro – Raglan.


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