Rip Curl GromSearch cancelled due to escalating COVID cases on the Surf Coast

Published on 07/01/2022

Jan Juc, Surf Coast, Victoria (Friday 7th January 2022): Surfing Victoria and Rip Curl have cancelled the upcoming Rip Curl GromSearch at Jan Juc due to the ongoing COVID19 concerns in Victoria and on the local Surf Coast region. The event was due to be held on January 13 & 14 2022 (after moving from the original dates of September 18 & 19 2021. Both decisions have been made due to Covid related considerations.

With the Covid situation increasing nationally, through Victoria, as well as locally on the Surf Coast, organisers have opted to avoid any further exposure to competitors, families, and local residents by holding the event.

“It’s a difficult decision for us. We want to run the GromSearch so kids can surf with their friends, but we’re always mindful of the health and safety of competitors and of the best approach in the communities where we run” commented Mark Flanagan, Rip Curl Team and Events manager.

All competitors will receive a full refund in the coming weeks.

Further information will be distributed to competitors on selection for the National Final to be held later in the year.


EVENT 1 – Coolum, Qld – Dec 13-15, 2021
EVENT 2 – Jan Juc, Vic – Jan 13-14, 2022 – CANCELLED
EVENT 3 – Newcastle, NSW – Jan 19-21, 2022 –  TBC

National Final – URBNSURF Melbourne, March 2022      
*all dates and locations are subject to the relevant local, state and federal Covid-19 restrictions and regulations.

COVID-19 considerations for 2021 series.
All events are run in conjunction with the relevant Surfing Australia affiliated state surfing organisations and adhere to the relevant local, regional, state and/or federal Covid regulations and restrictions. In an effort to eliminate cross-border and regional travel, organisers may determine to reserve entry to each GromSearch event specifically for residents of that state only.

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