Jan Juc, Surf Coast, Victoria (Tuesday 7th Tuesday, 2021): Surfing Victoria, in discussions with Rip Curl, have postponed the upcoming Rip Curl GromSearch at Jan Juc beach due to ongoing COVID19 restrictions in Victoria. The event was scheduled to be held on September 18 & 19 on Victoria’s Surf Coast.
“We are sad to have to postpone a big event on the Victorian calendar, however with the continued COVID19 restrictions it won’t be possible to run an event that includes all Victorian groms” said Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson. “We appreciate the patience and understanding from competitors and parents and look forward to hosting the Rip Curl GromSearch at Jan Juc in the future.”
Rip Curl event manager Mark Flanagan echoed the sentiment, “We don’t want to run the Rip Curl GromSearch if travel is prohibited from around Victoria. We respect the relevant Covid regulations and will try and find an alternate date when we can run the event”.
Further information on new dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Australian Rip Curl GromSearch series will focus on providing junior surfers from around the country with a series of fun events allowing participants to enjoy surfing with their friends, as well as provide elite level competition in a safe environment.
The Australian GromSearch National final will be held for qualifying athletes in 2022.
16 and Under Girls, 14 and Under Girls, 12 and Under Girls
16 and Under Boys, 14 and Under Boys, 12 and Under Boys
The series provides the opportunity for groms to surf with crew from around the country and developing their competitive game. As participants progress through to the finals they get the chance to test their skills against Australia’s best, providing valuable experience competing against elite level talent. The impressive list of previous GromSearch competitors that are currently on the WSL world tour is testament to the quality of the series.
Current WSL World Tour athletes that were GromSearch finalists include:
Tyler Wright, Steph Gilmore, Carissa Moore, Sally Fitgibbons, Malia Manuel, Nikki Van Dijk, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Bronte McCaulay, Caroline Marks, Macy Callaghan, Brisa Hennessy, Isabella Nichols & Bethany Hamilton. (Note: GromSearch competitors have won the last 13 WSL women’s World Titles).
Current Men’s WSL World Tour athletes that were GromSearch finalists include:
Gabriel Medina, Owen Wright, Italo Ferreira, Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Filipe Toledo, Kanoa Igarashi, Wade Carmichael, Ryan Callinan, Leonardo Fioravanti, Connor O’Leary, Seth Moniz, Griffin Colapinto & Morgan Cibilic.
(*Note: the top 6 surfers of the final 2019 WSL World Tour rankings are all former GromSearch finalists).
Surfing Victoria will host the event under strict COVID19 restrictions including limiting non-essential spectators and requesting that competitors leave the competition site once they have finished their heat.