Today Was A Day That Will Go Down In GromSearch History.

Today Was A Day That Will Go Down In GromSearch History.

At the end of the competition it was Torquay’s Xavier Huxtable (AUS - Rip Curl athlete) and Kauai’s Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW) who came out on top, taking down the duo from the NSW Central Coast, Finn Hill (AUS - Rip Curl athlete) and Kirra-Belle Olsson (AUS - Rip Curl athlete).

“I feel so good right now,” said Xavier Huxtable, after he took the win of the GromSearch International Final. Xavier is one of the first Victorian male surfers to take out an International Junior event, and that made the win all the sweeter. “It means so much to me to win this event against such talented surfers from all over the world.”

It wasn’t an easy road to the final, though. Xavier also had to surf through a highly talented Cole Houshmand (USA) in the semis, who is known for his progressive style in all types of waves, and in order to come out on top the Victorian had to post two massive scores. But he was up to the task, and by the end of the heat he had the first and only 10-point ride, combined with a 9.25 – a near perfect heat score of 19.25.

“It means so much to me to win this event against such talented surfers from all over the world.” - Xavier Huxtable

Hawaii’s Keala Tomoda-Bannert didn’t have an easy path to the title either, matching up against Brazilian talent Anne Dos Santos (BRA) in the semis and the promising Australian surfer Kirra-Belle Olsson (AUS).

“That was such a crazy day,” said Keala Tomoda-Bannert. “The surf was pumping, and there was a really strong current that made the paddle-out exhausting. But I’m so happy to win and I feel amazing to know that I surfed through girls like Anne, Kirra (Belle) and Piper (Harrison) (AUS). New Zealand has been an amazing experience, and I am going to be sad to leave!”

Grom Search Group Shot

A massive thank you to all the competitors of the 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final, and a huge congratulations to Xavier Huxtable and Keala Tomoda-Bannert.

Rip Curl ran the first ever GromSearch event in 1999 to provide a fun competitive event for 16-and-under junior surfers, and since then it has developed into a worldwide series that culminated at the International Final. This Final is held at a different location each year, with a focus on nurturing the development of the next generation of elite surfers.

Final Heat Results – Men
Xavier Huxtable (W) AUS 17.8
Finn Hill AUS 15.3
Final Heat Results – Women
Keala Tomoda-Bannert (W) HAW 16.7
Kirra-Belle Olsson AUS 15.3
Semi-Final Heat Results – Men
SF1: Finn Hill (W) AUS 16.15
Lucas Vicente BRA 15.7
SF2: Xavier Huxtable (W) AUS 19.25
Cole Houshmand USA 16.4
Semi-Final Heat Results – Women
SF1: Kirra-Belle Olsson (W) AUS 17.1
Saffi Vette NZ 4.9
SF2: Keala Tomoda-Bannert (W) HAW 18.7
Anne Dos Santos BRA 12.75
Quarterfinal Heat Results – Men
QF1: Lucas Vicente BRA 19.05
Xavier Huxtable AUS 17.85
Caleb Cutmore NZ 15.65
QF2: Cole Houshmand USA 18.55
Finn Hill AUS 16.3
Guilherme Ribeiro PRT 14.25
Quarterfinal Heat Results – Women
QF1: Saffi Vette NZ 15.25
Anne Dos Santos BRA 11.45
Brie Bennett NZ 11.25
QF2: Keala Tomoda-Bannert HAW 16
Kirra-Belle Olsson AUS 13.36
Piper Harrison AUS 11.4
Round Two Results – Men
Heat 1: Caleb Cutmore NZ 15.6
Navryn Malone NZ 8.25
Heat 2: Guilherme Ribeiro PRT 16.8
Kona Eru IND 12.65
Round Two Results – Women
Heat 1: Anne Dos Santos BRA 11.75
Taina Izquierda IND 11.5
Heat 2: Piper Harrison AUS 10.25
Emma Dubes FRA 8.85
Round One Results – Men
Heat 1: Lucas Vicente BRA 15.5
Navryn Malone NZ 10.7
Heat 2: Xavier Huxtable AUS 15
Caleb Cutmore NZ 14.5
Heat 3: Finn Hill AUS 13.9
Kona Eru IND 9
Heat 4: Cole Houshmand USA 17.25
Guilherme Riberio PRT 13.55
Round One Results – Women
Heat 1: Saffi Vette NZ 15.95
Anne Dos Santos BRA 15.45
Heat 2: Brie Bennett NZ 12.25
Taina Izquierda IND 11.1
Heat 3: Keala Tomoda-Bannert HAW 12.35
Emma Dubes FRA 11.35
Heat 4: Kirra-Belle Olsson AUS 16.65
Piper Harrison AUS 15.05
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