Here Comes The 2018 Rip Curl Gromsearch National Final | C. St Ventura Nov 17-18

The 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch National Final presented by Banzai Bowls is set to cross the train tracks of Ventura’s famed right hander, C. Street.


There’s a stacked field of the best 16 & under competitors from across the country, all gunning for the National Title and prize money. The champions of the boys and girls 16/U divisions will receive an all-expense paid trip to compete in the RCGS International Final against the top 8 qualifiers from around the world, set to go on the Search at an undisclosed location in Spring 2019.

This is the first time GromSearch has stepped on the cobblestoned point breaks of Ventura and its looking to be a high-performance showcase from the best junior surfers in the world.

The RCGS National Final will be a one-day event with a two-day waiting period held November 17th or 18th. Stay tuned to Ripcurl.com for event news, and heat times.

Summery of competitors list, event schedule, and be sure to tune into Surfline’s Facebook Live event coverage that will be featured on GromSearch event page kicking off at 7:15am. Follow behind the scenes and event highlights at Rip Curl’s Facebook page, and on Instagram @ripcurl_usa.

Rip Curl would like to thank its 2018 event partners, Banzai Bowls, Flexfit, POSCA, RXBar, Hydro Flask, FCS, Surface, …LOST Surfboards, Oakley and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos.

The Rip Curl GromSearch National Final Schedule

Nov 17 or 18DivisionRoundHeat
7:30am - 8:50amBoy's 12/under11-4
8:50am - 10:10amBoy's 14/under11-4
10:10am - 11:30amGirls's 16/under11-4
11:30am - 12:50pmBoy's 16/under11-4
12:50pm - 1:30pmBoy's 12/underSemi1-2
1:30pm - 2:10pmBoy's 14/underSemi1-2
2:10pm - 2:50pmGirls's 16/underSemi1-2
2:50pm - 3:30pmBoy's 16/underSemi1-2
3:30pm - 3:50pmBoy's 12/underFinal1
3:50pm - 4:10pmBoy's 14/underFinal1
4:10pm - 4:30pmGirls's 16/underFinal1
4:30pm - 4:50pmBoy's 16/underFinal1

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Boys 16 & Under

Taro Watanabe, CA
Sage Tutterow, HI
Isauro Elizondo, Panama
Aaron Ramirez, Costa Rica
Laird Myers, VA
Zack Hedemann, HI
Samuel Reidy, Costa Rica
Kade Matson, CA
Jake Riccobuano, HI
Cole Alves, HI
Kyle Tester, NJ
Max Beach, CA
Sage Guinaldo, CA
Kyle Colucciolo, NY
Crosby Colapinto, CA
Liam Murray, CA

Girls 16 & Under

Gabriela Bryan, HI
Caitlin Simmers, CA
Kailey Bogart, HI
Luana Silva, HI
Savanna Stone, HI
Ewe Wong, HI
Tiare Thompson, CA
Gabriella Knudson, HI
Rubiana Brownell, Costa Rica
Leila Riccobuano, HI
Ryann Daly, CA
Summer Love, FL
Morgan Iglay, NJ
Alyssa Spencer, CA
Leah Thompson, NC
Ella McCaffray, CA

Boys 14 & Under

Jackson Bunch, HI
Isauro Elizondo, Panama
Robbie Goodwin, MA
Luke Swanson, HI
Braeden Kopec, FL
Niko Coli, CA
Owen Carter, NC
Samuel Reidy, Costa Rica
Kanoa Wong, VA
Charles Oblinger, FL
Diego Ferri, HI
Levi Slawson, CA
Thatcher Johnson, HI
Noah Kawaguchi, HI
Makana Franzmann, HI
Liam Osborne, CA

Boys 12 & Under

Kai Martin, HI
Lucas Owston, CA
Braeden Kopec, FL
Ethan Harbinson, FL
Dane Matson, CA
Maikai Burdine, HI
Owen Carter, NC
Kai Kushner, CA
Shion Crawford, HI
Rylan Beavers, HI
CJ Mangio, NY
Charles Oblinger, CA
Luke Wyler, CA
Miles Sahetapy-Engel, HI
Jake Chandler, CA
Jak Ziets, CA


About the GromSearch

Since Rip Curl developed the concept for the GromSearch events in 1999, the series has spread throughout the surfing world and now culminates with an International final held at a different location each year. The worldwide series is held for male and female surfers aged 16 years and under, commonly referred to as “groms”, with the aim of the GromSearch to nurture and recruit the next generation of surfers at a grassroots level.

Former GromSearch champions include current WSL World Tour stars; Gabriel Medina, Owen Wright, Jordy Smith, Matt Wilkinson, Kolohe Andino, Tyler Wright, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons

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Here Comes the 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch National Final | C.St Ventura Nov 17-18
Here Comes the 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch National Final | C.St Ventura Nov 17-18