The world’s best junior surfers are getting ready to compete in the 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch International, a yearly event that marks the culmination of GromSearch series around the globe. This year the International Final will be held in the long left-hand point that is Raglan, Manu Bay on the North Island of New Zealand.
Former competitors at the GromSearch International Final include WSL World Champions Gabriel Medina (2014), Tyler Wright (2016, 2017) and Steph Gilmore (six times World Champion), as well as WSL World Tour regulars Owen Wright, Jordy Smith, Nikki Van Dijk, Sally Fitzgibbons and Caroline Marks –and with a list like that, the pressure is on to take home the trophy.
16-year-old Kirra Belle-Ollsen, an up-and-coming Australian surfer who was selected to be one of two International Wildcards, has been prepping for the event since she got the news just last week.
"I am so stoked to be selected to compete in the International Final," she said. "It's an absolute dream to be able to surf Raglan with just a few other girls out!"
“I’m a goofy foot like my Uncle (Matt Wilkinson), and surfing this wave has been one of the biggest items on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Let’s just hope that forehand magic will take me to the Final!”