The Rip Curl Gromsearch Is Coming To A Town Near You

Rip Curl’s innovative Gromsearch  program is set to launch nationally across America through August with a series of six national events coat to coast.

For male and female surf groms sixteen and under, Gromsearch aims to nuture our young future American stars while providing a unique competition experience.

Each national event is set to be a fun and explosive celebration of grommet surfing, designed to be way more than your average contest with a unique double elimination format, giveaways, prizes, and showbags for all entrants. Gromsearch provides a platform with something for everyone.

The double surf format allows all contestants to surf more than once, providing a more friendly contest environment without the pressures of standard elimination competition. All events are held in the key Summer break period.

The three West Coast regional events and three East Coast regional events will be followed by the inaugural Gromsearch National Championships, a one off National Final to be held at Salt Creek October 4-5 to crown the best grommet surfers in the country.

Dates and locations for this year’s Gromsearch series are as follows :


San Clemente Pier, San Clemente, August 12

Golden West St, Huntington Beach, August 14

Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, August 27


Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, August 17

The Meters, Seaside Park, New Jersey, August 20
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, August 23


Salt Creek, Dana Point, October 4-5

“Rip Curl is stoked to announce our 2003 Gromsearch series and we’re ready  to rock both coasts over the next few months. The interest in junior surfing in America is incredibly high and there’s a place in this for every young grom”, said Rip Curl’s Team and Promotions Manager Scott ‘POD’ Banuelos. “We’re anticipating big numbers, huge interest, and alot of sick surfing from all the groms”, POD added.

“Transworld Surf is stoked to be involved with such an inspirational program that brings all the best young groms together in a prestiguous and unique format”, said Transworlds Jeff Baldwin.

Transworld Surf is the magazine partner of the 2003 Rip Curl Gromsearch.

Each event will incorporate four different Age divisions – Boys 16 and Under, 14 and Under, 12 and Under, and Girls 16 and Under. Age division limits are as of January 1, 2003.

The top three finishes at each regional event per Age Division will qualify for the National Final at Salt Creek in October.

Event operations coordinator Darren Brillhart commented, “What’s so cool about the Gromsearch is that nobody looses in the first round, everyone receives prizes and if you place well  in the finals, you’ll qualify into the Gromsearch Championships were you can win major prizes and be recognized as the National Gromsearch Champion.  So whether you are the experienced grom or competing for the first time, the Gromsearch series will be fun and exciting for everyone.”

“We’re also stoked to announce the support of our national sponsor partners for 2003 – Transworld Surf, Dragon Optical, Reef, and Hansens”, said Marketing Director Adam Sharp. “Their commitment and support is sure to make the series a resounding success.”

For all entry details and ongoing Gromsearch information contact:

The Rip Curl Gromsearch Hotline (760) 804-2869
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