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UK Grom Search kicks off in Croyde

July 12, 2016

The surfers may have been small in stature, but the surfing and atmosphere was larger than life over the weekend as Croyde played host to the first Grom Search event of 2016. The Rip Curl Grom Search series is renowned globally for being a concoction of all things wonderful in our sport and this event was no different. The competitions not only provides elite level international opportunity, but a friendly, welcoming and enjoyable experience for the youth of surfing.

Stop 1 of the UK Rip Curl Grom Ssearch at Croyde and Puttsborough

Surf events in the summer are all about lucking into swell, and Mother Nature turned out to be in a generous but mischievous mood, leading to two full days of surf but a split location event.

Stop 1 of the UK Rip Curl Grom Ssearch at Croyde and Puttsborough

Saturday was a day for the mass entry to enjoy with the biggest Grom Search entry to date, resulting in the 20 minute 4 man heats and action from the word go. The sun came out to say hello from time to time and the wind blew and blew as the surfers surfed and surfed some more. Surfers progressed through heats as the tide dropped and although challenging at times, the surf provided relentless scoring potential.

Stop 1 of the UK Rip Curl Grom Ssearch at Croyde and Puttsborough

As the solid forecast became reality a call late in the day was made to relocate the entire event site to the nearby more sheltered beach of Putsborough. An evening of setting up and watching the sets roll in increased the anticipation of what the finals day may hold, and boy did it deliver.

Stop 1 of the UK Rip Curl Grom Ssearch at Croyde and Puttsborough

3-5ft pumping high tide surf was the case for most of the Sunday. Putsborough is a natural and stunning amphitheatre which meant that surfers, staff and spectators could watch and admire the courage, commitment and skills of the young surfers from an elevated and close proximity. The competitors from under 12 to under 16 years of age were not only faced with waves way bigger that than themselves, but began to tame it and shred apart the open faces, arising to the challenge in true Grom Search style.

Stop 1 of the UK Rip Curl Grom Ssearch at Croyde and Puttsborough

We would like to congratulate Ellie Turner and Seth Morris on taking maximum points in the Under 16 divisions and who now go to Watergate Bay for the final event in search of the two 16’s boys and girl’s tickets to the European finals. Max Hudson and Kitty Brewer taking respective 2nd place finishes and to all the other surfers for earning their Grom Search ranking points.

Stop 1 of the UK Rip Curl Grom Ssearch at Croyde and Puttsborough

We would also like to thank the surfers, parents, staff, land owners and supporters for making such an enjoyable and memorable event. We look forward to seeing you in Watergate Bay on August 20th & 21st where UK champions will be crowned.

Stop 1 of the UK Rip Curl Grom Ssearch at Croyde and Puttsborough

RESULTS

U12 Girls
1st Lauren Sandland
2nd Tegan Blackford
3rd Eva Blackford
4th Asha Sykes
5th Claudia Cosgrove

U12 Boys
1st Sam Hearn
2nd Bertie Norman
3rd Thomas Reeves
4th Beau Betteridge

U14 Girls
1st Ffion Hughes
2nd Bonita Whitelock
3rd Lauren Sandland
4th Tegan Blackford

U14 Boys
1st Sol Hawkins
2nd Woody New
3rd Max Hudson
4th Sam Hearn

U16 Girls
1st Ellie Turner
2nd Kitty Brewer
3rd Mischa Maguire
4th Ffion Hughes

U16 Boys
1st Seth Morris
2nd Max Hudson
3rd Kit Innes
4th Patrick Langdon Dark

Stop 1 of the UK Rip Curl Grom Ssearch at Croyde and Puttsborough

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