In 2010 the Rip Curl Gromsearch is growing with 9 European stops. The contest will take place from May to October 2010 in 5 different countries (Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Portugal) and will be concluded with the Great final during the WCT Rip Curl Pro in Peniche (Portugal).
The concept :
The Rip Curl Gromsearch Series was created in 1999 at Torquay in Australia as a competition for young surfers under 16 years of age. The competitions are held simultaneously in different parts of the world : Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Europe and lead to an international final which traditionally takes place during the mythical Rip Curl Pro Bell's Beach in Australia.
The Rip Curl Pro Bell's Beach is the oldest ASP competition and is held since 1973 on the famous Bell's Beach spot known to all surfers for the quality of its wave, not far from the place where in 1969 Brian Singer and Doug Warbrick founded Rip Curl. These two passionate surfers had only one goal: the creation by surfers of surfwear for surfers. And they did it ! Today Rip Curl has achieved international renown but remains close to its origins with headquarters in Torquay.
Past GromSearch winners include Stephanie Gilmore (3 times ASP World Champion, actually Women's World #1 Champion) , Jordy Smith, Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson, Alana Blanchard, …So whoever grabs the titles will be joining a pretty illustrious list..
Rip Curl GromSearch is open for both girls and boys in 6 classes :
5/6 June : San Sebastian (ESP)
12/13 June : Santander / Liencres (ESP)
25 June : Ericeira (POR)
3/4 July : Bakio (ESP)
10/11 July : Messanges (FR)
10/11 July : Newquay (UK)
1st August : Santa Cruz (POR)
Ireland : August more information on our website : www.ripcurl.eu/gromsearch
4-5 September : Stadt (NORWAY)
European Final (less than 16 years classes only): opening the Rip Curl Pro at Peniche (Portugal)Ò 5 and 6 October 2010
The European champions (and accompanying adult) will join winners Rip Curl GromSearch series from all around the world at the Rip Curl Pro WCT at Bell's Beach over Easter 2011. Rip Curl Clothing, rip curl wetsuits and rip curl t shirts are all available on line in our store.