2013 RIP CURL GROM SEARCH PRESENTED BY POSCA AT GOLDCOAST OCEANFEST
Pumping Putsborough delivered the goods at the second stop of the 2013 Rip Curl Grom Search Presented by POSCA at Goldcoast Oceanfest!
The fantastic relationship between Rip Curl and Surfing GB became a trio of awesomeness over the weekend as Goldcoast Oceanfest surf & music festival in Croyde, North Devon hosted the second stop of this inavitive search to find the UK and worlds best groms.
The forecast for the event had the organisers at Surfing GB scratching their heads in the build up, but once the mammoth swell and strong south westerly winds were confirmed the nearby, picturesque and sheltered Putsborough beach became an outstanding option. The surfers were welcomed by the dropping tide at Putsborough with fun 2-3ft waves, which provided some great scoring opportunities for those able to deal with the wind and the standard for the day was set.
Kit Innes: Runner up in Boys U14 a low tide Putsborough
As progressive and radical battles continued and the building swells filtered into the bay, the surfers on dry land showed their creative and colourful sides in the POSCA activities area. POSCA were on hand at the beach and in the festival with their usual abundance of colourful pens and professionals artists that both appeared to excite and inspire the frothing surfers and festival goers! Mural walls, Rip Curl caps, surfboards and skateboards all fell victim to the colourful explosions of art courtesy of the POSCA Pens, ‘Both kids and adults are going nuts with the pens, the fact that they can draw on anything is certainly being put to the test’ said Bekki Griffith’s from POSCA.
As the tide turned spectators, beach goers & judges alike were treated to age and size defying surfing from all the surfers, a stand out performance also came from Stanley Norman as he set about his ways on the 3-4ft waves breaking at Putsborough and progressed to the finals of both the Under 12 & 14 boys finals.
Stanley Norman: UNDER 12S BOYS WINNER
In addition to the event Surfing GB teamed up with Croyde Surf Club, Rip Curl, POSCA, and Oceanfest in support of the South African Charity ‘Surfers Not Street Children’. A 30 minute expressions session as part of International Surfing Day saw three of the charities young surfers battle against Rip Curl riders Jayce Robinson, Lyndon Wake and GB Junior Team surfer Taz Knight. The event displayed the stoke of all the surfers whilst also celebrating their attendance and exhibiting the incredible effect surfing can have upon any individuals life.
Surfers Not Street Children VS Team GB
The atmosphere grew along side the swell and solid 4-5ft waves broke under the elevated cliffs of Putsborough creating an unrivalled viewing platform.
By the time the finals had arrived the swell had transformed into clean 4ft peaks with plenty of scoring potential. The girls Under 12’s winner was FFION HUGHES, who unfortunately was a single entry into the category but performed well in the Girls Under 14’s only just missing out on qualification to the final. The boys Under 12’s was again an inspiring category and the final produced a thrilling battle between close friends Stanley Norman and Joseph Morris, with Stanley pipping Joseph to the win by just 0.17 with a 5.17 total.
Photos by ©Will Bailey and ©Goldcoast Media Team
The Girls Under 14’s final saw some difficult conditions for the young girls and winner of the 1st stop in Porthcawl Bethan Lewis capitalised on her experience to take another win with a 5.83 total. The Boys Under 14’s final provided a spectacle for those on dry land with Kit Innes taking an early lead with good wave selection whilst Stanley Norman and Jack Coombes remained close on his tail, however confident and mature surfing from Joe Harding secured a win for the youngster with 11.50 total over Kit’s 8.33.
The Girls Under 16 final saw the return of Peony Knight, Flora Lawton and Emily Currie from their recent adventures at The Junior World Championships in Nicaragua and all surfed impressively. However a determined Emily Williams strung together a selection of good waves to take the win with a 10.17 total with Flora coming in close second with a 9.50 total. The Boys Under 16 Final confirmed that the future of Junior Surfing was is in good hands with progressive and passionate performances on display with Alex Gibson coming in 4th with a 9.80 total, Rhys Barfield in 3rd with a 12.50 total, Max Payne in 2nd with 13.73 total and Angus Scotney taking the win with 14.10 heat total.
Angus Scotney: UNDER 16 BOYS WINNER
As the final hooter echoed around the bay attention turned to a slightly out of the ordinary presentation that would be taking place at the festival. Announcements of the winners and final placings took place in the hectic surroundings of the backstage as performer Gabrielle Aplin warmed up the crowd for the main event (or we at least like to think so), the presentation of the presentation for the The second stop for the 2013 Rip Curl Grom Search Presented by POSCA at Goldcoast Oceanfest. The junior champions were then presented one by one to the mental 6,500 festival goers much to their delight and an incredible experience was had by all, topped off with an electrifying performance by Bastille immediately after.
WINNERS PRESENTATION LIVE AT GOLDOCAST OCEANFEST
Attention now turns to the third and final search event for 2013 to be held at Watergate Bay, Newquay on the 17/18th August where the two best boys & girls U16 surfers will be identified and book their place in the European Finals to be held ‘Somewhere in Europe’!
Many thanks from Surfing GB to all competitors, spectators, sponsors and staff who made the event such a success. A big thanks also goes to the owners of Putsborough Beach for their kind hospitality as well as Vospers for their continued vehicle support of Surfing GB. We look forward to seeing you all in Watergate Bay, Newquay on 17/18th August., keep up to date with all event entry forms and information on www.surfinggb.com.
UNDER 12 GIRLS
1ST= FFION HUGHES
UNDER 12 BOYS
4TH = SETH MORRIS
3RD = FINN COLLINS
2ND = JOSEPH MORRIS
1ST = STANLEY NORMAN
UNDER 14 GIRLS
4TH= MISCHA MAGUIRE
3RD= NIAMH MATHIAS
2ND= RUBY BREANDON
1ST= BETHAN LEWIS
UNDER 14 BOYS
4TH= JACK COOMBES
2ND= KIT INNES
1ST= JOE HARDING
UNDER 16 GIRLS
4TH= EMILY CURRIE
3RD= PEONY KNIGHT
2ND= FLORA LAWTON
1ST= EMILY WILLIAMS
UNDER 16 BOYS
4TH= ALEX GIBSON
3RD= RHYS BARFIELD
2ND= MAX PAYNE
1ST= ANGUS SCOTNEY