Currently in its 20th year running, the Rip Curl GromSearch series has been a great stepping stone for the recent champions of our sport.
Former International GromSearch competitors who are currently competing on the WSL Championship Tour include 2x World Champion Gabriel Medina, Owen Wright, Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Filipe Toledo, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright, Malia Manuel, Laura Enever and Alana Blanchard... and that’s just to name a few!
The GromSearch series gives kids 16-and-under the opportunity to compete against the best surfers in the same age bracket from their country – and eventually, the world.
A global surf series, the winners of each regional National Final will be invited to compete in the GromSearch International Final, held in a different country each year.
This format not only provides these groms an insight into a life of competitive surfing, but also gives them the invaluable experience of surfing and competing in different waves around the world.
The 2019 GromSearch International Final will be held in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. Tickets:
The GromSearch Series is open to the public, and does not require payment upon entry to event sites.
The Rip Curl GromSearch series started as a one-day surfing event at Victoria’s Jan Juc beach in 1999 and has developed to a worldwide series of events designed specifically for the 16 years and under surfer, commonly termed ‘grommets’. The Australian series includes events at 6 key surfing locations around the country, aimed to provide male and female surfers the opportunity to showcase their talent in a fun and relaxed environment. At the same time the series provides ‘groms’ with the competitive experience needed for further development in their surfing careers and has established itself as a major stepping stone in the development of the future stars of world surfing. The Rip Curl GromSearch series incorporates a National Ratings system allowing competitors to gauge their performance against same aged surfers from all around the country. A surfer’s position on the GromSearch ratings list at the end of the 5 event series is determined by combining their best 2 results. The top 10 rated surfers of each age group will then qualify to compete for the Rip Curl GromSearch National title.
16 and Under Boys, 14 and Under Boys, 12 and Under Boys, 16 and Under Girls, 14 and Under Girls, 12 and Under Girls
ALL DIVISIONS HAVE A NATIONAL GROMSEARCH RATINGS Surfer’s best two event results count towards their overall 2019 rating.
All age divisions compete for the National GromSearch Champion. There are two ways to qualify for the National final;
- Top 10 rated surfers in all division.
- OR by winning a GromSearch event.