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Champions crowned at Australian GromSearch final

Jay Brown (Cronulla, NSW) – 16-and-Under Boys Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Flight Centre National Final Champion.
Jay Brown © Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW




Rip Curl GromSearch
presented by Flight Centre National Final

North Narrabeen Beach, NSW, Australia
16 - 18​ January, 2017

Jay Brown puts on highlight reel performance in the 16-and-Under Boys

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 January, 2017 - The Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Flight Centre National Final saw all champions crowned today in stiflingly hot weather at North Narrabeen Beach.

Jay Brown (Cronulla, NSW) put on a highlight reel worthy performance in the 16-and-Under Boys, posting a near perfect 9.33 scoring wave (out of a possible ten points) to gain the upper hand against fellow event standout Noah Stocca (Peregian Beach, Qld) who put up a valiant fight, posting a 12.67 heat total (out of a possible 20 points), but was unable to notch up the 8.84 wave required to take the top spot. As a result, Brown has earned a spot in the International Final, which will take place later in the year.

Joining Brown at the upcoming Rip Curl GromSearch International Final will be Sunshine Coast surfer Sasha Baker (Mudjimba, Qld) who took out an in-form Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, Qld) in the 16-and-Under Girls final. Baker used her deadly frontside snaps to muster up a 13.40 heat total and take the final ahead of the fellow Queenslander.

George Pittar (Manly, NSW) bagged a title for the Northern Beaches, taking out the 14-and-Under Boys ahead of local surfer Jamie Thomson (Narrabeen, NSW) who was the standout surfer all event. Pittar put on a healthy display of stylish turns to get the edge over Thomson who got within a point of taking the title.

Lennox Head duo Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW) and Jai Glinderman (Lennox Head, NSW) both bagged titles for the north coast taking out the 14-and-Under Girls and 12-and-Under Boys respectively. Ryan posted a 15.50 heat total to claim the win ahead of Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW), while Glinderman got the nod over fellow Lennox Head standout Jack O’Brien (Lennox Head, NSW). As a former Narrabeen resident, Glinderman had the local crowd on their feet when he claimed the top spot on the dais.

Cedar Leigh-Jones (Whale Beach, NSW) ensured another title remained another trophy stayed on the Northern Beaches, taking out the 12-and-Under Girls. Leigh-Jones dominated the field in the windswept conditions posting a mammoth 15.33 heat total to add another title to her overflowing trophy cabinet.

All Rip Curl GromSearch events include boys’ and girls’ divisions in 16 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under age groups. Surfers receive points for their results in each event, which then count towards a National GromSearch ratings system, allowing surfers from around Australia to compare their results with contemporaries. Leaders on the National Ratings will then qualify for the last event of the series, the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final, to be held at North Narrabeen, NSW on January 16-18, 2017.

The Rip Curl GromSearch series started in 1999 as a one-day event at Jan Juc in Victoria. Since then it has developed into the strongest international series for 16 year and under surfers in the world. With parallel Rip Curl GromSearch series in over 10 countries, it has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of elite junior surfers.

The list of previous GromSearch competitors highlights the elite level of competitors that make up the Rip Curl GromSearch series.

Current WSL World Tour surfers who have competed in the Rip Curl GromSearch include:

Male: Matt Wilkinson (Australia), Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Kolohe Andino (USA), Felipe Toledo (Brazil), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Nat Young (USA).

Female: Tyler Wright (Australia), Stephanie Gilmore (Aust), Malia Manuel (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (Aust), Nikki Van Dijk (Aust), Tatiana Weston-Webb (Hawaii).


2016 Rip Curl GromSearch Series

EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - Sept 17 - 19, 2016
EVENT 2 - Maroubra, NSW - Sep 24 - 27, 2016
EVENT 3 - Trigg / Scarborough WA - Oct 7 - 9, 2016
EVENT 4 - Yorkes Peninsula, SA - Nov 12 - 13, 2016
EVENT 5 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - Dec 12 - 16, 2016

National Final - North Narrabeen - Jan 16 - 18, 2017


16-and-Under Boys
1 – Jay Brown (Cronulla, NSW) 15.50
2 – Noah Stocca (Peregian Beach, Qld) 12.67

16-and-Under Girls
1 – Sasha Baker (Mudjimba, Qld) 13.40
2 – Piper Harrison (Coolangatta, Qld) 12.90

14-and-Under Boys
1 – George Pittar (Manly, NSW) 13.77
2 – Jamie Thomson (Narrabeen, NSW) 13.33

14-and-Under Girls
1 – Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW) 15.50
2 – Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW) 5.16

12-and-Under Boys
1 – Jai Glinderman (Lennox Head, NSW) 14.34
2 – Jack O’Brien (Lennox Head, NSW) 10.93

12-and-Under Girls
1 – Cedar Leigh-Jones (Whale Beach, NSW) 15.33
2 – Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads, Vic) 8.43
3 – California Barrett (Banora Point, NSW) 7.64
4 – Poppy Corbett (Cape Woolamai, Vic) 5.33

Ethan Smith

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