Created in Australia, the Rip Curl GromSearch is a competition exclusively for young surfers, boys and girls. The Rip Curl Europe competition returns this year with events at the best surf spots in Europe, including Portugal, France, Spain and of course, Watergate Bay.
Rip Curl Grom Search returns
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June
Take a look at the full results and write up from Carve Magazine – 2019 Grom Search Results
Many of the International Grom Search winners are on the World Surf Tour… who will be next one?
Due to a large end of summer swell, Surfing England made the decision to switch from the main location of Watergate Bay. The new location on Great Western beach provided an excellent venue for the competition with good, consistent swell and the sun even made an appearance.
Lukas Skinner lit up the beach with several crowd inspiring airs but still was pushed into 2nd place by Reen Bowden (under 12).
Welsh sensation Alys Barton continued her total dominance of the Grom Search with yet another win.
The boys U14's was a particularly strong field. Max Miller-Cooley took 1st place over Guernseys Tom Hook, a resurgent Gabe Llewellyn and a ripping Jed Wood.
Stanley Norman came into the event as top ranked U16. With a big air reverse in the final he sealed the deal over an impressive Sam Hearn, Kieron Smith and Alex Townsend. Also winning him the Smith Optics Move of the Event award.
All attention is now towards the final deciding event in Jersey scheduled for 7/8th September where the series champions will be crowned.
According to Nick Rees from Surfing GB, the standard of our young UK surfers should make for an impressive event. “This Watergate Bay UK finale is a really exciting and enjoyable competition for both competitors and spectators. We’re expecting a great turnout over the weekend from talented youngsters hoping to win a place in the European finals.”
It’s always a great day on the beach when Grom Search are in town, so let’s hope the surf and weather play ball.
Don’t forget that The Beach Hut is open every day 8.30am-9.30pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or choose from our street food beside the sea and take a seat on the sand.