Puerto Rico Showcases Premiere Talent At The Last Stop Of The 2004 Rip Curl Gromsearch Tour

Jobos Beach, Puerto Rico (September 4, 2004) – Puerto Rico’s finest groms came out to Jobos Beach to compete for the prestigious crown in the last regular season stop of the 2004 Rip Curl Gromsearch Tour. A perfect Caribbean setting produced luminescent skies, crystal clear waters and las buenas olas for Latin groms to compete in. Local groms produced tons insane surfing across the Jobos reef; however, it was after hours of intense competition that Rip Curl’s Gromsearch was able to bring forward the front line of Puerto Rico’s future surfing stars! Check it out…

12 & Under standouts consisted of Gromsearch Tour veteran, Tommy Orsini and local boy, Carlos Torres. Tommy’s opening blow came early on in the final event as he dropped into a wide-open right-hander allowing him to unleash multiple turns and lay down a solid 7.5 score. Torres answered back on the following set wave with a 6.5 and soon thereafter found another extensive right-hander that posted a 5.0. With only moments to go in the final, Orsini drove home another solid set wave that earned him a score of 5.5 to secure the victory.

The 14 & Under division set the water on fire by displaying some of the most expressive surfing along the East Coast stage of the Gromsearch Tour. Wave after wave the 14 & Under final proved to be highly competitive with Florida division winner Hector Santa Maria pushing for his second title on the tour against two groms who came to stake out victory; Carlos Torres and Jose Tavarez. In the end it proved to be Torres and Tavarez who had a stronger thirst by both posting big 6.5 scores in the closing moments of heat. Inconsistent waves made it hard for Santa Maria to answer back; thus, leaving him to take home 3rd place. Carlos Torres took home 2nd by falling only a tenth of a point behind Jose Tavarez who took the win.

Rip Curl Team Rider and Jobos local, Wesley Toth, took on lifelong friend, Tommy Bursian for the Gromsearch 16 & Under Title. Wes came out of the gates with a 7.5 heat opener; however, Tommy quickly answered back on a workable left corner. Wesley put his local knowledge to work becoming a wave machine throughout the remainder of the final. Toth became unstoppable with his backside attack, going completely vertical on numerous manuevers. In the end it was Tommy Bursian with a hard earned 2nd place finish and Wes Toth taking the Win!

The Girls 16 & Under was filled with talent including local standout Nydia Del Mar Rafols. Nydia’s consecutive first place finishes throughout each of her heats accelerated her into full force coming into the final.

The only other competitor who came close to threatening Nydia’s victory was Pamela Mercado who locked into a solid set wave that earned her a heat high score of 3.5. However, Nydia solidified her outstanding performance in the final event by taking home the Girls 16 & Under division title.

Puerto Rican groms are now enjoying tons of new gear thanks to sponsors Surfing Magazine, SG Mag, Surfline.com, FCS, Surf One Skateboards, Sticky Bumps, and ADD Marketing & Advertising. Special thanks also goes out to Peggy Toth, Manuel Fernandez, Otto Flores, and the Jobos Locals for all their help and cooperation!

It’s now full speed as we head into the Commencement of Rip Curl’s 2004 Gromsearch season which will take place at the Gromsearch National Final being held at Salt Creek in Dana Point, CA on November 6th. The Rip Curl Gromsearch National Final boasts the culmination of the best groms in the nation going head to head in hopes of winning the prestigious Rip Curl Gromsearch Title. Each division’s top 3 finalist will be receiving their National Final invites in the mail within next few weeks.

However, it doesn’t stop there….This year’s top National Finalists in the Mens & Womens 16 & Under division will be invited out to the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia for the first ever 2005 International Gromsearch Final!

Check out all Rip Curl Gromsearch highlightts on ripcurl.com, surfingthemag.com, surfline.com, and sgmag.com. Also be on the lookout for Gromsearch tour coverage in upcoming issues of Surfing Magazine and SG Mag.

Rip Curl Gromsearch National Championships November 6th, 2004 — Salt Creek, Dana Point, California

For more info or entry forms go to ripcurl.com

Final Results

12 & Under

1) Tommy Orsini
2) Carlos Torres
3) Paulo Diaz
4) Ricardo Lucke
5) Christian Rivera
6) Hector Lafette

14 & Under

1) Carlos Torres
2) Jose Tavarez
3) Hector Santa Maria
4) Paulo Diaz
5) Christian Candelas
6) Ricardo Lucke

16 & Under

1) Wesley Toth
2) Tommy Bursian
3) Brandon Sandford
4) Alex Feliciano
5) Jorge Rivera
6) Ernesto Torres

Girls 16 & Under

1) Nydia Del Mar Rafols
2) Pamela Mercado
3) Tiffany Santiago
4) Karina Moul
5) Diane Santa Maria
6) Charlotte Jaudon