The 2006 RipCurl GromSearch USA Tour: Ready To Blow Up

Carrying the momentum from an insane, sold-out 2005 season, the Rip Curl GromSearch Tour dates have been set in stone, anticipating yet another epic search for the best up-and-coming mini-shredders in the nation.

Now in its fifth year, the GromSearch Tour has set the benchmark for the ultimate youth competitive surfing platform, combining a high-performance, professional environment with a unique double-elimination format that enables all groms (male and female, 16 and under) to have more than one shot of making the finals and nabbing the fresh loot of prizes that are at stake for each venue.

“Everyone at Rip Curl USA is really stoked to roll out another season of GromSearch, stated fired-up Rip Curl USA marketing Director, Marty Thomas. “I’m pumped to see which groms step it up this year and nab that free trip to the International Final in Oz next Easter. It’s such an awesome opportunity for the winners to showcase their talent on a global stage. Hope to see you at Bells!

As in previous years, the top finishers in each regional event will receive the big invite to compete in the coveted National Final, being held later this year at Salt Creek, Cali. The winner of the boys 16/U and Girls 16/U will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Bells Beach, Australia to duke it out in the Rip Curl International GromSearch Final smack dab in the middle of the WCT Rip Curl Pro.

Slots for each event are filling up fast, so go to to download your entry form. Any information inquiries, please email or call the GromSearch hotline: 714-422-3635.

GromSearch Locations and Dates:
Stop 1: Hobos, Puerto Rico May 27-29
Stop 2: PB Drive, San Diego, CA June 3
Stop 3: 9th Street, Huntington Beach, CA June 17-18
Stop 4: The Hook, Santa Cruz, CA July 6
Stop 5: Kewalos, South Shore Oahu, HI August 5
Stop 6: Byrd Street, Kittyhawk-Outerbanks, NC August 12-13
Stop 7: 13th Ave., Seaside Park, NJ August 15-16
Stop 8: The Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, FL August 19-20

Rip Curl GromSearch Partnerships: SURFING Magazine, Wavewatch, Sticky Bumps, Surf One Skateboards.