Costa Mesa, CA – July 7th, 2005: Orange County’s finest groms gathered together at Golden West Street in Huntington Beach yesterday for the 3rd stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Nintendo. Explosive surfing could be found in all divisions including Boys 12 & Under, Boys 14 & Under, Boys 16 & Under and Girls 16 & Under as Huntington produced it’s classic, peaky A-frame conditions in the chest to shoulder high range. Every competitor brought his or her “A-game all in hopes of qualifying for the GromSearch National Championships at Salt Creek Beach on November 5, 2005. A huge carrot lay upon the groms competing on this year’s GromSearch Tour — a trip to Bells Beach, Australia to compete amongst the top WCT surfers in the world at the International GromSearch Finals during the Rip Curl Pro in March of 2006.
The 12 & Under division ignited yesterday’s fire with explosive surfing from all competitors; however, it was San Clemente’s,Tanner Ruzunko who was able to rise above the rest. When it came to the finals, Tanner came out of the gates with a solid 6.0 score. Capistrano’s Luke Davis posted two descent scores, utilizing the inside section of the Huntington shorebreak. Although Davis made his best attempt at victory it wouldn’t be enough as Tanner sealed the deal when he logged into a beautiful set wave that earned him another solid score of 4.5 in the closing minutes of the final.
Local boy, Eddie Elles set the bar in the 14 & Under division posting the only perfect 10 of the entire event. Local knowledge definitely paid off as Eddie repeatedly waited patiently for set waves on the outer sandbards at Golden West Street. When it came to the finals, Elles snagged numerous set waves that allowed him to lay down a combination of manuevers before applying the infamous ‘Huntington Hop’ to GW’s inside section. It was on the inside double-up that Elles unleashed multiple top turns and layback gouges all the way to the sand. His impressive surfing earned him a 6.0 and 9.5 as well as the 14 & Under Division victory.
2004 Rip Curl GromSearch National Championship contender Marty Weinstein, controlled the Boys 16 & Under division throughout the event. Weinstein, who hails from Santa Ana, CA is no stranger to the waves at Huntington Beach and it showed as he out surfed his fellow competitors. Marty solidified the 16 Under Division victory by posting scores off 7.5 and 9.0 in his final heat. When asked about how he felt qualifying for the National Championships again Marty replied, “I want it more this time, I want the chance to compete at Bells for the International Title. Marty will battle it out with the other 16 & Under GromSearch National Championship qualifiers at Salt Creek on November 5th.
Caity Griffin and Lexi Papilion battled back and forth throughout the event for the Girls 16 & Under division title. Papilion who is last year’s Girls 16 & Under National Champ beat out Griffin by posting a 9.0 and a 6.0 in the final. Griffin, a tour veteran in contention for this year’s National Title, was unable to answer Papilion’s scores back but did seal the 2nd place finish in the end. Lexi walked away with the Girls 16 & Under victory and another shot at her 2nd National Title.
Notable mention goes out to Chase Brady (3rd place – Boys 16 & Under) for earning the “Nintendo Wave of the Day by throwing up a sick fins-free, frontside hack. Chase walked away with a brand new Nintendo Gameboy Advance and a handful of Gameboy games to play on those flat summer days.
Thanks to the City of Huntington Beach, Brillo Productions, all the HB locals and the Rip Curl GromSearch sponsorship partners
The Rip Curl crew now moves onto ‘The Hook’ at Santa Cruz for the 4th stop of the GromSearch Tour presented by Nintendo.
4th Stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Nintendo
Santa Cruz — The Hook
July 12, 2005
7AM — 4PMwww.ripcurl.com for entry information
Final Results from Golden Wesst Street, Huntington Beach, CA
12 & Under
1st — Tanner Ruzunko (San Clemente, CA)
2nd — Luke Davis (Capistrano, CA)
3rd — Alex Barone (Huntington Beach, CA)
4th — Jared Thorne (Newport Beach, CA)
5th — John Elles (Huntington Beach, CA)
6th — Derek Peters (Huntington Beach, CA)
14 & Under
1st — Eddie Elles (Huntington Beach, CA)
2nd – Eli Viszolay (Laguna Beach, CA)
3rd — Kyle McGeary (Huntington Beach, CA)
4th — Brock Bowden (Huntington Beach, CA)
5th — Giovanni Mola (Huntington Beach, CA)
6th — Tyler Packham (Santa Monica, CA)
16 & Under
1st — Marty Weinstein (Santa Ana, CA)
2nd — Jeff Lukasik (San Clemente, CA)
3rd — Chase Brady (San Clemente, CA)
4th — Taylor Fitzpatrick (Huntington Beach, CA)
5th — Colin Andersen (Santa Barbara, CA)
6th — Kyle Kennelly (Huntington Beach, CA)
Girls 16 & Under
1st — Lexi Papilion (San Clemente, CA)
2nd — Caity Griffin (Encinitas, CA)
3rd — Cassie Bartenstein (San Clemente, CA)
4th — Jenna Sussex (San Clemente, CA)
5th — Taylor Ptiz (Laguna Beach, CA)
6th — Tanita Spretke (Laguna Niguel, CA)
About Rip Curl
Rip Curl, based in Costa Mesa, CA is an authentic surf brand that is also active in snowboarding, and wakeboarding. With a brand presence in over 50 countries worldwide and four major international headquarter offices to include: USA, Australia, Europe, and Brazil, Rip Curl continues to increase its market share with the core board sports and general youth fashion markets. Rip Curl is a Built for Riding brand and is a leader in the multi-billion dollar surf/action sports industry that is so popular with today’s youth. Rip Curl…Inspirational, irreverent and real.
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