Rip Curl’s Grom Search is over. For now at least. The surf competition aimed at scouting out the next big things in surfing landed at Watergate Bay on the weekend of Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August, with some impressive stuff from some of the UK’s youngest surfers.
All of the right elements came together for the final UK leg of the Rip Curl Grom Search last weekend, with fun, pumping waves and sunshine – and even some reggae beats to boot.
So the search is over: the champions of the UK’s Rip Curl Grom Search are Ellie Turner and Patrick Langdon Dark, with Niamh Mathias and Leo Reeves finishing in second, all four of whom have won their all-expenses paid ticket to the European Rip Curl Grom Search finals.
Saturday’s double peak competing made for lots of action packed spectating. Competitors took advantage of the larger swell and by close of play on Saturday the under 16 boys semi-finalists and under 16 girls finalists had been identified, as well as the under 14 boys quarter finalists and all left the beach with high hopes and froth levels to match for finals. Sunday was smaller but with perfect peeling 2-3ft glassy waves rolling into the Bay.
Highlights for us included the Under 12 Division which saw 21 entries, and two six-year-olds and two eight-years olds in a heat with parents pushing them into waves. Just awesome.
Watergate Bay and The Extreme Academy are super stoked to host an event such as this. We look forward to supporting the four surfers representing Great Britain in the European finals to be held somewhere in Europe this coming November.
Full results can be found at Surfing GB.