Champions crowned at stop one of the Rip Curl Gromsearch Series at Jan Juc

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Jan Juc, VIC/AUS (Monday 25 September 2017): Six champions have been crowned in windy conditions today at Jan Juc for stop one of the Rip Curl Gromsearch Series.


After two days of sunshine and offshore winds, finals day saw an increasing swell and moderate onshore winds at Jan Juc providing competitors with challenging conditions throughout the day.


Surfing at her home beach, Bella Wilson (Jan Juc, VIC) proved to be hard to beat in the 16 & Under Girls with her strong knowledge of the break and its moods.


Scoring a heat total of 9.47 in the final, Wilson tied with fellow Victorian Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island, VIC) and ended up coming out on top after a countback to the single highest wave (Wilson’s 6.60 wave VS Goldsbury’s 4.97).


“I’m excited and happy to win” said Wilson after the final.


“It was pretty slow and tricky out there but still fun if you got the right one.”


“The wind was so loud out in the water that I didn’t event know the situation until I got on to the beach!”


Placing in third was Jesse Starling (Narrabeen, NSW) on 8.26 points, with Emma Cattlin (Yallingup, WA) in fourth on 7.20 points.


The 16 & Under Boys Final saw some incredible surfing with multiple excellent scoring rides throughout the final.


Josh Boyle (Currumbin Waters, QLD) ended up victorious with a heat total of 15.46 points including the finals highest single wave score of 8.83.


“I’m super excited to win the Rip Curl Gromsearch” Boyle said after the final. “This is my first major event win and I’m stoked.”


“The competition at these events is really good. All of the surfers push you to get better and surf harder. It’s heaps of fun.”


Placing in second was Finn Hill (Avoca, NSW), who amassed a total of 13.66 points. Aiden Lewand-Parsons (Ulladulla, NSW) finished third on 12.50 points with local Jackson Kay (Jan Juc, VIC) in fourth on 7.07 points.


Lennox Head surfer Jai Glinderman was impressive in his 14 & Under Boys final throwing down some massive turns in the shifty conditions to claim the win.


With a heat total of 16.00points, Glinderman bested former winner Marlon Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) who had a heat total of 14.70 points.


Victorian Max Burton (Mornington Peninsula, VIC) finished in third on 10.86 points with Jasper Giddy (Newport, NSW) in fourth on 10.70 points.


The 14 & Under girls saw Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, VIC) take top honors on her final wave (a 7.00 point ride) over Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW).


A powerful natural footer, Harrison finished with a heat total of 11.36 to Ryans 9.44.


Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island, VIC) finished in third on 8.47 points with Charli Hurst (Port Kembla, NSW) in fourth on 7.47 points.


Dembe Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW) dominated the 12 & Under Boys final locking in two excellent scoring rides to finish with the highest heat total of the day, 16.73 points.


Placing in second was local surfer Willis Droomer (Jan Juc, VIC) on 15.07 points.


Matt Boyle (Currumbin Waters, QLD) finished in third with Cory Lawson (Narrabeen, NSW) in fourth.


The final heat of the day saw Jan Juc surfer Mia Huppatz claim the 12 & under Girls division.


Huppatz scored a heat total of 10.03 points to finish ahead of Tyla Hurst (Port Kembla, NSW) who finished on 9.06 points.


Emily McGettigan (Torquay, VIC) finished third with Sara Hickson (Mornington Peninsula, VIC) in fourth.


Winning the Rip Curl Rising Star Awards were Willis Droomer and Jesse Starling and winning the Top Performer awards were Dembe Ryan and Quincey Symonds.


Full results can be found online at


The Australian Rip Curl Gromsearch series allows surfers from around the country to compete against their contemporaries in a fun and engaging environment. Each result in the five-event series is awarded points that count towards a surfer’s GromSearch National rating, giving participants across the country the opportunity to compare their performances against their peers. After the last event in Queensland, the top ranked surfers qualify for the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final (in their respective divisions), where they then compete for the chance to become the Australian GromSearch Champion. The National Champion then represents Australia at the Rip Curl GromSearch International Final, held at a new location around the globe each year, against the best junior surfers in each participating country.


With parallel Rip Curl GromSearch Series in over 10 countries, it has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers. The list of previous GromSearch winners illustrates the prestigious history of the series, with World Surf League (WSL) competitors Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Tyler Wright (Australia), Owen Wright (Australia), Matt Wilkinson (Australia), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Kolohe Andino (USA) and Sally Fitz gibbons (Australia) among the list of former competitors and GromSearch International Final Champions.


2017-18 Rip Curl GromSearch Series Dates:

RCGS - EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - Sept 23 - 25, 2017  

RCGS - EVENT 2 - Maroubra, NSW - Sept 30 - Oct 3, 2017  

RCGS - EVENT 3 - Trigg / Scarborough WA - Oct 6 - 8, 2017 

RCGS - EVENT 4 - Yorke Peninsula, SA - Nov 4 - 5, 2017 

RCGS - EVENT 5 - Sun shine Coast, QLD - Dec 11 - 15, 2017

RCGS - National Final - NSW coastline - Jan 15 - 17, 2018


The 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch Series is presented by Flight Centre

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