Rip Curl Grom Search at Goldcoast Oceanfest

Rip Curl Grom Search at Goldcoast Oceanfest

Croyde Bay, North Devon – 20/21 June

Gromsearch Croyde 2015

It’s back and bigger than ever, the Rip Curl Grom Search will be taking over Croyde Bay, North Devon as part of the Goldcoast Oceanfest Surf and Music festival and we could not be more pumped!

Rip Curl continue their commitment to the world of Junior Surfing and are back on the global search thanks to partners Smith, FCS and Gorilla grip to seek out the best under 16’s surfers in the land, and Surfing GB are right behind them.

The best European Groms surfing the best European waves

Since its inception in Australia in 1999 the Grom Search series has continually unearthed the next generation of surfing stars such as 2014 World Surfing Champions Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore, so who will be the next big thing?.

The first event marks the start of the three event search as part of the European Grom Search series, which in 2015 features 12 events for boys and girls across France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Holland and right here in the UK with Under 16, Under 14 and Under 12 age divisions.

June 20th & 21st will see the UK’s Grom contingent descend upon Croyde Bay in amongst thousands of festival goers and beach loves. Surfers will have the opportunity to battle out in search of local, national and international glory whilst experiencing the musical delights of the Oceanfest line up, which this year includes Michael Kiwanuka and Roots Manuva. Like the acts, the stage will quite literally be set for the Groms to perform and make their own music in the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

The 2014 European Grom Search finals

Surfing GB have again happily embraced the responsibility for operating these events with Rip Curl, “Rip Curl are stoked to be bringing the Rip Curl Grom Search back to the UK shores!  It is a great stepping stone for the UK grommets who aspire to a future in surfing, with a chance to earn a spot at the European and ultimately the World Grom Search finals” Sean Harris, Rip Curl UK,

The sponsors will be on hand to provide the excellent prizes and rewards, with more plans to be announced closer to the date to ensure that all surfers maximise their stoke and froth meters for the event.


For those unfamiliar with the innovative concept behind the Rip Curl Grom Search, it is a series of events aiming to identify the best Under 16 male and female surfers. The search is comprised of three events taking place at Croyde Bay in North Devon (June 20/21), Freshwater West in Wales (July 11/12) and Watergate Bay in Cornwall (August 15/16). A combination of a surfers best two results will identify two male and female surfers whom will then go on to represent the UK in the European finals somewhere in Europe, and battle to earn a place in the Rip Curl Grom Search World Finals. Previous Grom Search winners include Gabriel Medina, Matt Wilkinson, Owen Wright, five times world champion Stephanie Gilmore and more.

Festival tickets

Tickets for Goldcoast Oceanfest are not included in entry and can be purchased at the link below, plus information on accommodation can be found here so get buying before they sell out. £45 Child & £55 adult for weekend ticket.


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