The Search Continues! 2014 Rip Curl Grom Search presented by POSCA

February 26, 2014 in Event, Featured, News, Press Releases by admin

The Search Continues! 2014 Rip Curl Grom Search presented by POSCA

After the success of the 2013 Search, Surfing GB and Rip Curl are stoked to announce the details of The UK’s 2014 Rip Curl Grom Search presented by POSCA.

The 2014 European Grom Search series features 12 stops for boys and girls across France, Spain, Portugal and UK in the Under 16, Under 14 and Under 12 age divisions. The 2013 Search saw the UK’s grom scene come to life with Surfers from throughout our Nation descending upon our beaches to take part in this innovative event. To the delight of all the frothing young guns the 3 events ran in pumping surf in the fantastic settings of Porthcawl, Putsborough and Tolcarne Beach. Surfing GB and Rip Curl were proud to award Will Bailey, Max Payne, Peony Knight and Emily Williams with the tickets to the European Finals after their stellar performances throughout the search.

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Focus now turns to the journey ahead for the UK’s Groms as Surfing GB and Rip Curl take over the low tide caverns of Devon’s Croyde Bay, the clear waters of Wales’s Freshwater West and the shred-able walls of Cornwall’s Watergate Bay for the 2014 search to find the ultimate male and female grommet! Rip Curls UK Manager Sean Harris said “Rip Curl are stoked to be launching another year of Grom Search events onto the UK beaches with the support of POSCA and Surfing GB”.

Rip Curls “Search” style innovation will continue with the final, featuring the best two boys and girls under 16 surfers from each country, being held “Somewhere” in Europe at the end of the Autumn. Organizers will monitor the swell and search for the best location possible in Europe! The winners of the final will represent Europe at the World Grom Search finals, held during the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia next Easter. Previous Grom Search winners include Gabriel Medina, Matt Wilkinson, Owen Wright, five times world champion Stephanie Gilmore and more.Gromsearch-Sun_072(c)RobTibbles

Rip Curl is an organisation that shares in Surfing GB’s forward thinking attitude and also recognises the UK’s growing pool of Surfing ability, especially in the GROM department.

The schedule for The 2014 Rip Curl Grom Search presented by POSCA:

–        Croyde Bay, North Devon. 21/22nd June. In association with Goldcoast Oceanfest Surf & Music Festival

–        Freshwater West, Pembroke. 12/13th July. With the support of the Welsh Surfing Federation

–        Watergate Bay, Newquay. 16th/17th August. With the support of The Watergate Bay Hotel

Each Grom Search stop will offer an array of fun and interactive experiences on the beach with elite level coaching from Rip Curl riders. Test Centres at each stop so anyone can test drive Rip Curl’s state of the art surf products including new model wetsuits, accessories and surfboards. POSCA will be presenting sponsor again this year with the Posca Village open to any of the public with a creative feeling.

The first of this exciting series of events will be held at Croyde Bay in association with Goldcoast Oceanfest Surf & Music festival on 21st & 22nd of June. Entry will be open 8 weeks prior and closes 3 days away from the event.

Further information will be released for each event and all SGB events can be viewed at www.surfinggb.com/calender

All enquiries please contact Nick Rees, SGB Operations Manager at nick@surfinggb.com