Dustin Richardson Wins Event #6 of Rip Curl GromSearch New Smyrna Beach

Costa Mesa, CA (Tuesday, August 12, 2008): The Crystal clear blue skies welcomed all competitors to the shores of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, as rippable waist to chest high surf hit the banks near shore. And with the fun surf came the hottest talent in all of Florida to exchange blows at stop #6 of the Rip Curl GromSearch proudly presented by BOOST Mobile.

It was at 3:30 pm that the skies turned dark and the glassy conditions became victory at sea.  Directly following the Girls 16 and under final, where spectators witnessed Savannah Bradley grab the win from Kayla Durden, Haley Watson, and Chelsea Gresham, the contest was put on hold.  The storm fashioned gale force winds that nearly dismantled the event site, while thunder and lightning sent spectators into cover. After the 30 minutes of madness the 12 and under boys were frothing, as the conditions went perfect; light offshore winds, chest high wedges, and transparent blue water.  Young Noah Schweizer lit it up like the storm had never left, posting 8's across the board and getting the win over Corey Howell, Logan Hayes, and Robert Merell.

Action packed and progressive described the 14 and under final perfectly as Keto Burns, Christian Miller, Ryan Croteau, and Nathan Behl ruled the lineup.  It was Ryan Croteau making a push in the dying minute to get the wave of the heat and the win.

Then came a classic battle where friends become enemies for a 15 minute collision course.  With a lot on the line for the 16 and under boys division Christian Miller, Dustin Richardson, Taylor Brothers and Tommy Orsini hit the water ready to flair.  Not disappointing anyone, the boys set about dismantling each and every wave ridden.  It was Dustin Richardson progressive surfing that allowed him to nab the title as the Boys 16/u Florida GromSearch champ.  Dustin walked away with $100 cash, the BOOST Mobile Golden ticket to the BMP at lowers trestles, a new Boost phone as well as a slew of prizes.

"I am so pumped right now," Dustin spoke to the crowd upon receiving his trophy at the awards. "I'm just happy we got some surf and I was able to have this opportunity.  I will be representing for Florida out at the Nationals for sure."

The Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Boost Mobile continues to Seaside Park, New Jersey where it is sure to be as entertaining as any with big names and big prizes.

Official results of stop no.6 of Rip Curl GromSearch presented by BOOST Mobile at New Smyrna Beach Florida.

1.    Dustin Richardson
2.    Taylor Brothers
3.    Christian Miller
4.    Tommy Orsini

1.    Ryan Croteau
2.    Nathan Behl
3.    Christian Miller
4.    Keto Burns

1.    Noah Schweizer
2.    Corey Howell
3.    Logan Hayes
4.    Robert Merell

1.    Savannah Bradley
2.    Kayla Durden
3.    Haley Watson
4.    Chelsea Gresham