UK Rip Curl Grom Search series completed

UK Rip Curl Grom Search series completed

The medals have been awarded and a select group of junior surfers from the UK have just secured their tickets to Hossegor, as the UK leg of the world wide Rip Curl Grom Search came to an end in Cornwall over the weekend.

With a varying wave, weather and wind forecast to contend with, otherwise known as British summertime, the final of the UK Rip Curl Grom Search series ran over two separate locations, with day one held at Tolcarne Beach and day two at Watergate Bay. Both excellent venues in their own right and both providing the surfers with consistent 2-3ft fun waves to prove themselves worthy contenders in the race to Grom Search glory.

With some surfers looking to add ranking points their Croyde Grom Search placing, others were surfing in their first surf event, a mixture of nerves and stoke could be seen throughout the levels of competitors, but smiles were seen on all. The event also giving the supporting families a chance to relax on the Cornish beaches and enjoy the spectacle.

Following many close heats the business end of the event threw up opportunity for the surfers just wanting to do their best at the event, whilst others and the mathematics’ in the crowd worked out who and what was possible for the remaining competitors wishing to earn their spot in the European finals. In the end nothing but success would be enough for some, others relied on fellow surfer placings to determine their fate and a surf off was required to split the remaining.

A tense and passionate presentation took place and the event champions were crowned, swiftly followed by the announcements on who had earned those much sought after UK Grom Search champion titles and qualification to the European Finals being held in Hossegor in the coming weeks. The results are below, and Surfing England would like to thank the surfers, supporters, staff, locations and all who contributed to a wonderful Grom Search series.

Under 12 Girls

1st – Tegan Blackford

2nd – Lauren Sandland

3rd – Eva Blackford

4th – Belle Betteridge

Under 12 Boys

1st – Gabe Llewellyn

2nd – Tom Hook

3rd – Lukas Skinner

4th – Chenson Clay

Under 14 Girls

1st – Bonita Whitelock

2nd – Alys Barton

3rd – Lauren Sandland

4th – Belle Betteridge

Under 14 Boys

1st – Sam Hearn

2nd – Alex Townsend

3rd – Bertie Norman

4th – Tom Hook

Under 16 Girls

1st – Bonita Whitelock

2nd – Amy Dyer

3rd – Lily Mandeville

4th – Esmee Gregorious

Under 16 Boys

1st – Maximilian Hudson

2nd – Jordan Zervas

3rd – Barnaby Cox

4th – Finn Collins


U12 Girls – Tegan Blackford

U12 Boys – Gabe Llewellyn

U14 Girls – Bonita Whitelock

U14 Boys – Alex Townsend

U16 Girls – Amy Dyer & Lily Mandeville

U16 Boys – Maximilian Hudson & Woody New

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