All Systems Go For The Rip Curl Gromsearch presented by Sea Harvest at Dairy Beach.

All Systems Go For The Rip Curl Gromsearch presented by Sea Harvest at Dairy Beach.

Durban – All Systems Go for the highly anticipated Rip Curl GromSearch Junior Surfing Tournament event number 4. So, it will kick off tomorrow morning, July 12, at 7h30 am at Dairy Beach, Durban. Also, this event promises to showcase the very best junior surfing in South Africa.

The heat schedule can be found on LiveHeats here – DAIRY BEACH.

Dairy Beach

Dairy Beach in Durban provides the perfect stage for this prestigious tournament, the 4th contest in a five-event series. Small but highly contestable waves are forecast for this event, which will finish on Saturday around lunchtime.

The Rip Curl GromSearch will feature a multitude of talented junior surfers, each eager to make their mark on the waves. Thus, with divisions spanning various age groups, from U12s to U18s. Further, the tournament provides a platform for these young athletes to showcase their abilities.

The premier division of the series is the U16 division. The top four results out of five will determine the 2023 Rip Curl Gromsearch Series Results. 

Louise Lepront will be competing this weekend at Dairy Beach © Dave Lindemann

GromSearch Finals

In a joint venture with Rip Curl South Africa, Zigzag Magazine, Sea Harvest and the Royal St Andrews Hotel. The winners of the premier Boys U6 and Girls U16 divisions will earn a coveted entry into the prestigious Rip Curl GromSearch International Finals. Also, they will receive R20k towards their travel arrangements. This tournament will be held in Indonesia in November of this year.

If a winner cannot attend the International Finals, the entry slot and travel voucher will be passed on to the next surfer on the Rip Curl South Africa GromSearch rating list. 

The GromSearch series allows kids to compete against the best surfers in the same age bracket from their country. Thus this format gives these groms insight into a life of competitive surfing. It gives them the invaluable experience of surfing and competing in different waves nationwide.

Premier SAST Events

The Rip Curl GromSearch contests are all premier SAST events. With 1,000 points going to the winners and prizemoney per all premier events.  

The Rip Curl GromSearch contest series is run by Surfing South Africa and supported by Sea Harvest.

About Surfing South Africa

SURFING SOUTH AFRICA is the recognised governing body for Surfriding in South Africa. It is responsible for the activities of all its disciplines. This includes surfing, longboarding, bodyboarding, kneeboarding, para surfing and SUP surfing. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), The African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

 

 

A Monstrous Surfing Season Gallery

A Monstrous Surfing Season Gallery

Random photos from a huge contest season in Ballito

 

All photos @kodymcgregor @pierretostee @theballitopro

O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers
June 25 – June 26
Ballito

Slayde Shooter

O’Neill SMTH Shapes Ballito Pro Junior
June 27 – June 28
JQS1000 Men & Women
Ballito

A Monstrous Surfing Season

Rory Dace

Ballito Open presented by Flojos
June 29 – June 30
WSL QS1000 Men & Women
Ballito

A Monstrous Surfing Season

Rylan Jarvis

 

Ballito Pro Presented By O’Neill
July 1 – July 8
World Surf League Africa Challenger Event
Ballito

Louise Lepront – (Photo by Pierre Tostee/World Surf League)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rip Curl and Zigzag Magazine To Send GromSearch U16 Winners To Finals In Indonesia – Surfing Today With Rip Curl

Rip Curl and Zigzag Magazine To Send GromSearch U16 Winners To Finals In Indonesia – Surfing Today With Rip Curl

Rip Curl South Africa is pleased to announce a partnership with Zigzag Surfing Magazine to sendthe series winners in the premier Boys U16 and Girls U16 divisions of the 2024 Rip Curl GromSearch Series to the GromSearch International Finals. Sea Harvest and the Royal St Andrews Hotel in Port Alfred are co-sponsors.

This contest will be held in Indonesia in November of this year. Details of the exact location and dates will follow. 

These two surfers will each win coveted entries into these finals and a R20k travel voucher to be used towards their travel arrangements to and from this event.

Rip Curl GromSearch International Finals.

 On arrival in Indonesia, Rip Curl will host these two surfers at the Rip Curl GromSearch International Finals.

 “We are thrilled to be sending the two top U16 surfers from the 2024 Rip Curl GromSearch series to the international finals with support from Zigzag Magazine,” says Rip Curl South Africa CEO Stuart Daykin. “There is much anticipation for this event, and we can’t wait to see our surfers in action on the international stage.”

 

 
Rip Curl GromSearch international finals Indonesia – location and date to be announced soon

“We are stoked to partner with Rip Curl and send two surfers to the international finals in Indonesia,” said Zigzag Magazine editor Jazz Kuschke.  

Supporting junior surfing in South Africa

“It’s always good to partner with brands that are supporting junior surfing in South Africa, and right now, the Rip Curl GromSearch is the best series for our younger surfers to get valuable competitive surfing experience, size up the world of professional surfing and understand what they need to do and how to do it to succeed in the sport.” 

The Rip Curl GromSearch Series events in South Africa are all SURFING SOUTH AFRICA events and will select its winners based on the top four out of five contests. If a winner cannot attend the International Finals, the entry slot and travel voucher will be passed on to the next surfer on the Rip Curl South Africa GromSearch ratings list. 

“Surfing South Africa is stoked that Rip Curl will be rewarding the U16 male and female winners of the 2024 Rip Curl Gromsearch Series with slots in the International finals in Indonesia in November,” said Surfing South Africa General Manager Robin De Kock.

Rip Curl and SSA Partnership

“The partnership between Rip Curl and SSA has both ensured the growth of and increased the quality of South Africa’s junior surfers over the last three years, and it is only fitting that the best U16 South Africans will get an opportunity to compete in the International Rip Curl event.

SSA is grateful to Rip Curl and partners, Sea Harvest, the Royal St Andrews Hotel in Port Alfred, and Zigzag Magazine for making this a reality.”

Rip Curl and Zigzag Magazine

 The next Rip Curl GromSearch, event number four, will take place at Dairy Beach from July 12 to 14. Entries are open here. 

About Surfing South Africa

Surfing South Africa is the official National Federation for Surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South Africa Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and is recognised as the governing body by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

Surfing South Africa is responsible for the development of the sport, the hosting of National tournaments, the sanctioning of International events and the selection of National teams in all the disciplines that are part of SSA. SSA is a member of the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for the sport.

 

 

 

 

St Francis Bay Surfers in action at The Ballito Pro: Gallery

St Francis Bay Surfers in action at The Ballito Pro: Gallery

Events include the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookies Rippers, as well as the World Surf League’s The O’Neil SMTH Shapes Ballito Junior Pro and the Ballito Open presented by Flojos, with all of our St Francis Bay Surfers in action.

All photos by Pierre Tostee/ WSL, Kody McGregor/WSLThe Ballito Pro

 

See also: Sally Fitzgibbons and Luke Thompson (South Africa) Wins Ballito Open presented by Flojos

 

Champions Crowned at O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers In Ballito

Champions Crowned at O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers In Ballito

We Have Our O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers 2024 Champions.

  • Champions Crowned at O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers
  • Louise Lepront and Levi Epenetos claim the U18 division titles.
  • Lepront does the double and wins U16 Girls.
  • Rory Dace wins U16 Boys.

 Champions Crowned at O'Neill
Levi Epenetos claimed U18 Boys Victory at the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers 2024
© Pierre Tostee/ Ballito Pro.

The day’s surfing was set against the backdrop of a balmy June morning on the north coast, with a slight bump in swell size as predicted, no wind for most of the day, and highly contestable conditions.

On the rocks

The mainly right-breaking wave at Willard’s Beach had given way to some clean left-handers coming through, and the goofy-footers (right-foot forward surfers) had their chance to shine. There were some tricky moments, with the waves tempting surfers to commit to final moves on the rocks, but discretion was the ultimate call for the high tide heats.

There were plenty of inspired performances during the morning, with Rory Dace (CSF) banking 12.50 points (out of a possible 20 points) in the Boys’ U16 Quarter-finals and Louise Lepront (Scottburgh) throwing down 12 points in her U18 Girls’ Semi-final. Further strong performances came from the likes of Sarah Scott (CPT), Matt Canning (DBN) and Kai Stubbs (CPT).

Louise Lepront takes the U16 and the U18 Girls’ divisions

© Kody McGregor / Ballito Pro.

The finals were a mixed bag. Some heats got plenty of waves, allowing for scintillating surfing and big moves. Other heats saw the ocean go tepid, with very few waves coming through and low scores predominating. These variable conditions kept the audience on the edge of their seats.

Stoked with the wins

Louise Lepront’s exceptional performance made her the star of the day, winning both the U16 and U18 Girls divisions. “The conditions were really good for the finals,” said Lepront after the results were announced. “I just went out there for both finals and tried to have some fun, and a few good waves came to me. Stoked with the wins.”

The U18 Men’s division winner, Levi Epenetos (Melkbos), was equally stoked. “I got some sick waves in the finals and am super stoked to take the win,” said Epenetos. “It was quite tight towards the end, but I remained peaceful and took it all the way. It has been great here in Ballito, with good waves, and it’s so good to be here.”

 Champions Crowned at O'Neill
 Champions Crowned at O’Neill  © Pierre Tostee / Ballito Pro.

 

Final Results

U12 Girls

  1. Adriana Canning
  2. Lila Prinsloo
  3. Lily Jameson
  4. Pippa Wang

U12 Boys

  1. Marcello Zedde
  2. Levi Vosloo
  3. Tyler Balfour
  4. Lazaro de Bruyn

U14 Girls

  1. Maya Malherbe
  2. Leah Lepront
  3. Camilla Heuer
  4. Charlotte Copson

U14 Boys

  1. William Neill
  2. Sebastian Copson
  3. Owen Heny
  4. Zach Epenetos

U16 Girls

  1. Louise Lepront
  2. Emily Jenkinson
  3. Taylor Emslie
  4. Nina Bone

U16 Boys

  1. Rory Dace
  2. Nathan Tayler
  3. Ashton Sangster
  4. Kai Stubbs

U18 Girls

  1. Louise Lepront
  2. Sarah Scott
  3. Emily Jenkinson
  4. Anastasia Venter

U18 Boys

  1. Levi Epenetos
  2. Luc Lepront
  3. Matt Canning
  4. Rory Dace

 The O’Neill SMTH Shapes Ballito Pro Junior, which starts tomorrow, promises to be an exciting event with many of the surfers who competed today entering straight into this event. Don’t miss the action!  

Surfing South Africa is the recognised governing body for Surfriding in South Africa. It is responsible for the activities of all its disciplines, such as surfing, longboarding, bodyboarding, kneeboarding, para surfing and SUP surfing. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). More on Surfing South Africa here – SSA

O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers Kicks Off In Ballito

O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers Kicks Off In Ballito

O'Neill SMTH Shapes

Matt Canning with a winning performance across two divisions © Tostee/Ballito Pro.

Willard Beach, Ballito – An icy winter morning greeted competitors on the opening day of the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers event as excited junior surfers headed down to register.

 This popular contest starts two weeks of competition surfing in Ballito, around the Ballito Pro Festival.

 The waves were small and highly contestable, and the event had a full entry list, so it was early into the water for Heat 1.

 

O'Neill SMTH Shapes

Small but highly contestable for Day One of the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers © Kody McGregor/Ballito Pro

First Heat

The first heat win in the first heat of the day, the U12 Boys Quarterfinal Heat 1, went to local surfer Tyler Balfour. He who took out Slayde Shooter (St Francis Bay) and James Gunning (Ballito).

Jumping forward to U16 Boys Round One Heat Three, Matt Canning (Durban) put on an explosive performance to outpoint his competitors and took a comfortable win, advancing to the following round. Canning went on to do the double, winning his U18 Boys Round One Heat as well, with another inspired performance in the small conditions.

Low Tide Conditions

The low tide around midday made the conditions punchy, allowing the surfers to go for aerial moves and other high-scoring manoeuvres. With the sudden-death format, junior surfing is always exciting and sometimes brutal. Ntokozo Maphumulo (Dbn) clutched a second place behind Clayton Turrel (South Coast) in their U18 Round One heat with a tight surfing and a huge forehand air reverse, He edged Ben Esterhuyse (CPT) into third and out of the event along with Rylan Jarvis (CSF).

 

Surprise advanced with Turrell © Kody McGregor/Ballito Pro.

 

The O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers will commence tomorrow (Wednesday, 26 June) at 7 am.

The O'Neill SMTH Shapes

Outside of the surfing arena, there is still plenty of action happening with a full festival programme at the Ballito Pro Festival activities, events, and entertainment. More here – https://theballitopro.com/

Liveheats

 The heats and schedule of the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Rookie Rippers can be viewed on Liveheats.

 Wave scores and heat results will be published on www.liveheats.com/surfing as they are posted by the judges on both days of the competition. These can be accessed on any mobile device, laptop, tablet or PC

 Surfing South Africa is the recognised governing body for Surfriding in South Africa. It is responsible for the activities of all its disciplines, such as surfing, longboarding, bodyboarding, kneeboarding, para surfing and SUP surfing. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). The African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). More on Surfing South Africa here – SSA