Rip Curl Grom Search

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31 August & 1 September 2019, Watergate Bay

Local groms battle it out for their places at the European finals in Hossegor later this year.

Take a look at the full results and write up from Surfing England UK – 2017 Grom Search Results

Pre-event write-up

Many of the International GromSearch winners are on the World Surf Tour… who will be next one? Rip Curl’s search to find the best under-16 surfers on Europe’s best waves is returning to Watergate Bay.

Watergate Bay will be awash with the UK’s best surfing talent as international surf brand Rip Curl, in association with Surfing GB, brings its final UK search for the next big thing in under-16s surfing to Watergate Bay.

Since its inception in Australia in 1999 the Grom Search series has continually unearthed the next generation of surfing stars including 2014 World Surfing Champions Gabriel Medina and Stephanie Gilmore. Seen by most of the groms – that’s young surfers – as the best event in the world, it offers young surfers, girls and boys, the chance to show off their talents in the environment of a friendly and relaxed competition.

This year, the two days of competition at Watergate Bay follows an event at Croyde Bay, Devon, with the surfers with the best two results over the two events earning an all-expenses paid ticket to the European Grom Search Finals held in Galicia, Spain in the autumn. From there the winners will go on to the world finals held in a mystery location.

Someone to watch this year is previous winner, Ellie Turner.

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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 everyday 8.30am-9.30pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and the best seats in the house for watching the contest.