Costa Mesa, CA (August 23, 2010): When it rains, it pours- or so the saying goes. Just ask Evan Geiselman. These days, he doesn't leave the house without an umbrella. After a string of major junior professional victories, the New Smyrna Beach native continued his competitive terror by scalping the final regional stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by H2O Overdrive at New Smyrna Beach Inlet in the dirty South of FL.
Despite small yet contestable conditions, the boy held homecourt by ousting a stacked field of talent in the Boys 16/U final, as well as executing a flawless "Passion Pop" en route to winning the H2O Overdrive Maneuver of the event. $200 cold, hard cash and a hometown victory…not a bad Saturday for EG.
"I just love surfing comps at my home break. This is where I grew up," stated Evan shortly after the victory. "Its so easy to stay relaxed in this environment. I have never landed a passion pop in a heat, but I was in Mexico last week and did a few so I thought I would see what I could do. I guess I got lucky."
Look for EG to represent for the Right Coast at the GromSearch National Final, which will run in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico October 29.
Double finalist Noah Schweitzer saw his iron man efforts pay dividends, as he nabbed the victory in the Boys 14 and under. Surfing with technical precision, Noah put a strangle hold on the final after locking in two big scores.
In the Boys 12 and under, Cobie Gitmer edged out Dane Mackie for the big win, while in the Girls 16/under, Florida girl Nikki Viesins opened with a big score and didn't look back, as she scored the W.
New Smyrna Beach marks the last stop for the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by H20 Overdrive. The 2010 season would not be possible without the support of all sponsors: H2O Overdrive, Dragon Alliance, Power Balance, Bubble Gum Wax, Wahoo's and media partners Surfing Magazine, Surfline.com and Fuel TV.
Make sure to stay tuned to ripcurl.com/gromsearch for all post event coverage and Rip Curl GromSearch Nationals announcements.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF STOP #4, 2010 RIP CURL GROMSEARCH FUELED BY H2O OVERDRIVE, NEW SMRYNA BEACH, FLORIDA:
1. Evan Geiselman
2. Keto Burns
3. Noah Schweitzer
4. Tanner Strohmenger
1. Noah Schweitzer
2. Logan Hayes
3. Dane Mackie
4. Corey Howell
1. Cobie Gittner
2. Dane Mackie
3. Luke Marks
4. Stevie Pittman
1. Nikki Viesins
2. Quincy Davis
3. Bailey Nagy
4. Darsha Pigford
H20 Overdrive Maneuver of the Event: Evan Geiselman- $100
Dragon High Heat Total:
Noah Schweitzer (19.7) – $50
Quincy Davis (18.5)- $50