First Day Of Competition Goes Down In Clean Conditions At Ala Moana Bowls - Day 2

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Juliette Brice during her Round 1 matchup.

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Competitors and locals watching on and showing support at Ala Moana today.

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Nolan Rapoza (USA) was unstoppable during his Round 1 matchup against Anderson Junior (BRZ).

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Local grom Wyatt McHale (HAW) looked comfortable in the reeling lefthanders.

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Anderson Junior (BRZ)

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Brisa Hennessy (HAW) dropped a bomb in her Round 1 matchup against Aussie Sophia Fulton (AUS), including a 10-point ride.

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You’d be smiling to if you just locked in a 10-point ride… Brisa, all smiles.

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Sophia Fulton (AUS) was unlucky in being relegated to second place in her Round 1 battle against local Brisa Hennessy. Sophia will compete again in Round 2.

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Koby Oberholzer (ZAF) throwing down a huge backside air reverse in Round 1 in the tricky offshore winds.

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The girls enjoying Banzai Bowls under the competitor’s tent.

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Anderson Junior (BRZ) all smiles after his heat.

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Scenes from the competitor’s tent.

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The Hui Mālama O Ke Kai Foundation stopped by the GromSearch event site in the afternoon.

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Ala Moana Bowls.

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Brisa Hennessy (HAW) dominating in her heat.

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Anderson Junior (BRZ)

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Liam O’Brien (AUS)

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Kehu Butler (NZL)

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Nolan Rapoza (USA)

May 4, 2016 - Ala Moana - Honolulu, Hawaii: Day one of competition for the 2016 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final kicked off in good, clean conditions yesterday at Ala Moana ‘Bowls’, Hawaii. With the local Hawaiian athletes hosting International surfers from 8 different countries, the competition was action packed straight from the start at this world famous wave.

Local surfer and 2014 GromSearch International Champion Brisa Hennessy (HAW) took top seed for the girls division and carried that form into Round 1. With an electrifying performance Brisa locked in a 2 wave heat score of 19.27, including a perfect 10-point ride that earned her a place straight into the quarter finals.

“All the girls are ripping at this event so I was stoked to be able to lock in some scores. Plus, with only one other person out I got 2 good set waves, which never happens at Bowls” noted the local charger, regarding the competitors exclusive use of the line up.

The boys division saw outstanding performances from Nolan Rapoza (USA) and Rio Waida (IDN) who locked in the highest heat totals of the day to secure their own quarter final appearance. Nolan using smooth forehand turns for two 8-point rides and Rio blasting the lip repetitively on his backhand.

The individual highlight of the day was the aerial reverse from Koby Oberholzer (ZAF). Koby launched high above the lip, went into a full backhand rotation disappearing from view, only to reappear moments later from the whitewash with supporting cheers from the crowd. The move epitomizes exactly what the GromSearch International competition is about, having the world's best juniors pushing each other into high performance surfing.

Competition results from Tuesday May 3rd

BOYS

Round 2 (Elimination)

1: Anderson Junior (BRA) 10.00 eliminated Wyatt McHale (HAW) 9.34
2: Kehu Butler (NZL)16.93 eliminated Mathis Crozon (FRA) 14.66

Round 1

1: Nolan Rapoza (USA) 16.27 defeated Anderson Junior (BRA) 15.83
2: Koby Oberholzer (ZAF) 15.10 defeated Wyatt McHale (HAW) 14.00
3: Rio Waida (IND) 15.34 defeated Mathis Crozon (FRA) 15.13
4: Liam O’Brien (AUS) 12.40 defeated Kehu Butler (NZL) 7.67

Seeding Round (combined 2 wave score)

1. Anderson Junior (Brasil) 14.97
2. Rio Waida (Indonesia) 14.37
3. Kehu Butler (New Zealand) 14.33
4. Wyatt McHale (Hawaii) 13.33
5. Koby Oberholzer (South Africa) 12.30
6. Liam O’Brien (Australia) 11.74
7. Mathis Crozon (Reunion Island, representing France) - 11.60
8. Nolan Rapoza (USA) 10.13

GIRLS

Round 2 (Elimination)

1: Juliette Brice (FRA) 11.67 eliminated Sophia Fulton (AUS) 9.83
2: Raiha Ensor (NZL) 13.90 eliminated Luara Thompson (BRA) 5.90

Round 1

1 Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 19.30 defeated Sophia Fulton (AUS) 11.50
2 Cinta Hansel (IND) 10.10 defeated Juliette Brice (FRA) 6.84
3 Summer Macedo (HAW) 15.10 defeated Raiha Ensor (NZL) 13.40
4 Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 14.50 defeated Luara Thompson (BRA) 7.24

Seeding Round (combined 2 wave score)

1. Brisa Hennessy (Hawaii) - 15.84
2. Summer Macedo (Hawaii) - 14.17
3. Leilani McGonagle (Costa Rica) - 11.34
4. Cinta Hansel (Indonesia) - 8.90
5. Juliette Brice (France) - 6.97
6. Luara Thompson (Brazil) - 6.73
7. Raiha Ensor (New Zealand) 6.6
8. Sophia Fulton (Australia) 6.5>

Competition will resume on the best day of waves in the remaining waiting period - May 4th - 6th, 2016.

BOYS

Upcoming - Quarter finals

1 Nolan Rapoza (USA) vs. Koby Oberholzer (ZAF) vs. Anderson Junior (BRA)
2 Rio Waida (IND) vs. Liam O’Brien (AUS) vs. Kehu Butler (NZL)

GIRLS

Upcoming - Quarter finals

1: Brisa Hennessy (HAW) vs. Cinta Hansel (IND) vs. Juliette Brice (FRA)
2: Summer Macedo (HAW) vs. Leilani McGonagle (CRI) vs. Raiha Ensor (NZL)

The Rip Curl GromSearch International final is supported by Skullcandy, Surfline, Banzai Bowls, Wahoos, Posca and Surfing Magazine.

Competition kicks off in clean contestable conditons
Competition kicks off in clean contestable conditons