Pat Curren and Brisa Hennessy Win Rip Curl GromSearch International Final in Perfect Conditions
May 12, 2014 (Lakey Peak, Sumbawa, Indonesia): Pat Curren (CA) and Brisa Hennessy (HAW) have both claimed victory at the prestigious and 10th Annual Rip Curl GromSearch International Final held in flawless conditions at Lakey Peak, Sumbawa.
For Pat, he traded perfect waves with teammate Jacob Willcox (Margret River, Western Australia) in an amazing final, with the Californian posting a total heat score of 19.63 (out of a possible 20) points, that included a perfect 10 point ride, to hold off the Australian.
In one of the best Junior finals ever witnessed Curren and Willcox swapped the lead early until Curren took off on a solid set wave, pulled into a long, deep tubing wave and then added several critical turns to post a 10. Willcox came back with four excellent waves himself, including a 9.47 for a heat total of 18.63, but couldn't hold off Curren who added a 9.63 for yet another sensational tube to stamp the win. Curren is the first Californian to ever win the RCGS International final in its ten-year history.
"I've never experienced waves like that in a competition before. Perfect barrels with ripable walls and 30 minutes to get the ones you want, it's just a dream to be here," said an elated Curren after the biggest win in his young career.
For Brisa, she found herself against Australian talent Isabella Nichols in the final. The two girls traded high scoring waves as the lead changed several times until Hennessy scored an 8.3 (out of 10) on her last wave and squeaked in front. The ocean went calm for the last 5 minutes and she was left out the back as the siren sounded, crowning her the Champion of the Rip Curl GromSearch International final.
"This is easily one of the best comps I've ever been to, the waves were absolutely firing and everyone was ripping. It was a super close battle in the final, with Isabella on fire all day I knew I had to go big to take it out. I'm just really stoked to get the win in what has been an amazing comp" commented the champ.
Rip Curl would like to congratulate all the Rip Curl GromSearch International Final qualifiers on an amazing performance. Rip Curl would also like to thank the locals of Lakey Peak for their generosity and hospitality for the 10th Anniversary of the Rip Curl GromSearch International Final.
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Rip Curl GromSearch International Final
1st Pat Curren – 19.63, 2nd Jacob Willcox – 18.63
Boys Semi Finals:
SF1. 1st Jacob Willcox – 18.50, 2nd Tim Bisso – 17.80
SF2. 1st Pat Curren – 16.00, 2nd Raju Sena– 15.87
1st Brisa Hennessy – 17.05, 2nd Isabella Nichols – 16.90
Girls Semi Finals:
SF1. 1st Brisa Hennessy – 19.40, 2nd Jasmine Smith – 17.50
SF2. 1st Isabella Nichols – 17.15, 2nd Hayana Iguchi – 13.05
Updated History - Rip Curl GromSearch International Champions.
2014 – Pat Curren (USA) & Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
2013 – Leonardo Fioravanti (ITL) & Tatiana Wetson-Webb (HAW)
2012 – Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) & Tatiana Wetson-Webb (HAW)
2011 – Mitch Parkinson (AUS) & Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
2010 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) & Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
2009 – Thomas Woods (AUS) & Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
2008 – Dale Staples (ZAF) & Malia Manuel (HAW)
2007 – Tyler Newton (HAW) & Tyler Wright (AUS)
2006 – Owen Wright (AUS) & Alana Blanchard (HAW)
2005 – Mason Ho (HAW) & Nikita Robb (ZAF)