Day one of the Rip Curl Gromsearch gets underway in fun waves at Jan Juc

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Jan Juc, VIC (Saturday 23rd September, 2017): The opening event of the Rip Curl Gromsearch Series has got underway in fun waves at Jan Juc on Victoria’s Surf Coast.


Over 90 of Australia’s top groms have converged on the consistent beach break as part of the prestigious national series and have experienced fun waves throughout the day as the competition moved through the opening rounds.


Returning to Victoria after relocating to Queensland, Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, QLD) was in scintillating form in her opening round heat of the 16 & Under Girls.


Opening up with an 8.33, Harrison took the heat over Australian Under 14 Champion Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island, VIC) who finished in second place.


“Victoria is pretty much like home for me” said Harrison.


The waves were really fun out there today. It was unfortunate that the set of the day broke just before our heat started, but we all got some really good waves throughout the heat.


“The Rip Curl Gromsearch series is great, you get to travel around the country and see heaps of cool places and surf some great waves.”


Elle Clayton-Brown (Corlette, NSW) placed in third with Holly Williams (Buddina, QLD) in fourth


The opening round of the 16 & Under Boys also took place with outstanding performances by Jay Brown (Lilli Pilli, NSW), Josh Boyle (Currumbin Waters, QLD), Aiden Lewand-Parsons (Ulladulla, NSW) and Jackson Roberts (Bateau Bay, NSW) who locked in the highest wave score of the day, a 9.33.


Other divisions surfed in the afternoon include 14 & Under Boys Round 1 and 16 & Under Boys Round 2.


The Flight Center Expression session was also held during the day with prize getters including Tanner Reid, Ellier Harrison, Angelique Kefalas, Jye Reid and Bohdie Williams who all walked away with a heap of Flight Center and Sun Bum prizes.

The action will continue tomorrow with heats starting at 7:30am.


Full results and live scoring 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 rati ng,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 competit ors 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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