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.





Stage Set For Finals Day at the Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill

Stage Set For Finals Day at the Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill

The stage is set for Finals Day at the Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill, Stop No. 3 of the 2024 World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series (CS) , after completing the men’s and women’s Quarterfinals on Sunday.

Standing out as one of the most in form surfers in Ballito, Vahine Fierro’s (FRA) backhand brilliance dominated her Quarterfinal clash against top seed Isabella Nichols (AUS). Fierro was in sync with the ocean, finding the two best waves of the heat to let her backhand shine in the early morning glow. The judges rewarded her with an excellent 8.00 and 9.00 (out of a possible 10) for a total of 17.00 (out of a possible 20), eliminating Nichols from the competition.

“I have so much respect for Isabella, she is such an experienced surfer,” Fierro commented. “I had to give my absolute best in this heat and I’m really happy to take the win. A well-rounded surfer is the best in the world, so big waves or small, you need to find the motivation to be the best you can be in any conditions and I love the challenge.”

Continuing her impressive momentum in Ballito, Sophia Medina (BRA) earned a great heat win over Ellie Harrison (AUS) with a calculated approach in the smaller waves. Medina will have to bring her absolute best to Finals Day where she will meet Fierro in the first Semifinal.

“I can’t believe it, I’m just so grateful to God for his guidance in my life,” Medina said. “Ellie is such an incredible competitor, everyone here is surfing really well, I have so much respect for all of them. It was a tough heat, the waves changed a lot but I’m really glad I made this round.”

It was heartbreak for Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) who fought bravely for her spot in the Quarterfinals yesterday, only to bow out today against Tessa Thyssen(FRA) in another agonisingly close heat.

“Sally is a tough competitor,” Thyssen reacted. “She beat me at Snapper in the Round of 16 so I’m really happy to get this one. I knew she could get the score anytime, but I’m glad we had a good battle.”

Thyssen will meet Bella Kenworthy (USA) in the Semifinals, after Kenworthy first had to overcome Francisca Veselko (POR) in the Round of 16 at the start of the day and later defeated Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) in the Quarters.
Groggia, Gouveia Set Up Brazilian Battle In Semifinals

Edgard Groggia (BRA) has been on a tear despite feeling under the weather since arriving in Ballito. Groggia paddled out for the first men’s Quarterfinal of the day against Keijiro Nishi (JPN) and immediately started taking to the air. After warming up with two mid-range scores, the Brazilian launched a lofty frontside rotation, grabbing the rail and riding it out for an excellent 9.00 to take the win.

“I don’t believe it, this week has been so hard being sick,” Groggia said. “This heat was hard, because the wind is really strong but it’s also good for airs. I was nervous in the beginning, but when I landed my first air I felt better. I used my old board with a broken nose, but it’s a magical board. I’m ready for Finals Day.”

Groggia will meet Ian Gouveia (BRA) in the Semifinals for an all-Brazilian matchup. In his Quarterfinal heat against Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), Gouveia had to adapt to the conditions and rely on his turns instead of going for the aerial maneuvers. Both surfers rode 13 waves in the 35 minutes, but Gouveia got the win with a pair of six point rides.

“That was a tough heat, I knew I would have to get a strong start against Hiroto,” Gouveia said. “I think it’s the first time I beat Hiroto! I wanted to get the best waves I could and I’m stoked I didn’t have to do any airs, I’ll save that for tomorrow.”

Stage Set For Finals Day

Nolan Rapoza (Photo by Kody McGregor/World Surf League)

Nolan Rapoza (USA) continues his impressive form in Ballito, punching his ticket to the Semifinals after defeating Jackson Bunch (HAW).  “I think I got lucky,” Rapoza said after scoring an excellent 8.00 for a quick snap and a big turn into the oncoming end section.  “Jackson had a look at that wave and didn’t go, I had to hold him off and the second section was too good not to crack. I think it was probably the best wave of the heat and Jackson would’ve been able to get an 8 on that wave too.”

Rapoza will meet Winter Vincent (AUS) in the Semifinals after Vincent beat good friend Justin Becret (FRA) in the last heat of the day.

Aerial Surfing Gallery From The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill

Aerial Surfing Gallery From The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill

The only way to win surfing events these days is to take to the skies, and that’s exactly what the surfers have been doing in this Aerial Surfing Gallery at The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill World Surf League Challenger Series event.

All photos by @kodymcgregor @pierretostee @theballitopro

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

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

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

BALLITO, KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Sunday, June 30,2024) – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Luke Thompson (RSA) won the World Surf League (WSL) Ballito Open presented by Flojos Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 today in challenging one-to-two foot surf in Ballito. The swell might have dropped, but today’s finalists showed their mettle to advance through the competition to make it all the way to the podium.

Fitzgibbons Spars With New Generation, Inspired To Keep Pushing

It was a stacked women’s Final, with the experienced Sally Fitzgibbons(AUS) coming up against a dominating new generation in Janire Gonzalez Etxabarri (EUK), Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) and Bella Kenworthy (USA).

Etxabarri posted the first score, while the rest of the field tried to find their spot in the lineup. Fitzgibbons kept moving up and down the lineup searching for opportunities. Halfway through the heat Fitzgibbons moved over to a different bank and found a good wave, getting two strong turns in for a 6.00 (out of a possible 10). Everything switched on and she found more fun sections and kept on improving her total score, applying the pressure on her competitors. No one could catch up and she adds another win to her trophy cabinet.

“It was one of those finals where there was a flurry of waves before, but then it just started to go a bit sleepy and none of us could get a jump start,Fitzgibbons said. I thought to myself, how do I get into this heat and I just started moving that energy. Getting that 6 was really handy, but I knew I had to back it up. I found a chunky section off the end in front of the rocks and that felt really cool.”

“To come in and have the next generation cheer you up, I started this game when they were probably still in nappies so it was cool that they came down to support me!It was a really great day, sparring with each other and lifting our performances for the rest of the week.”

Fitzgibbons did a great job in the first Semifinals, staying low over her board to crack out a few snappy turns, she got the win ahead of Janire Gonzalez Etxabarri (EUK). The second Semifinal was much slower which saw Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) and Bella Kenworthy (USA) squeak through with small scores.

Thompson Wins In Front Of Home Crowd

In today’s conditions, any wave and any score, no matter how small, could mean you win or lose and Shion Crawford (HAW) didn’t want to sit around and wait. Crawford posted two quick scores, putting the pressure on his competitors. Luck swung in the direction of Luke Thompson (RSA) when he found a good-looking wave to whack two man-size turns into the face for 7.00 and then backed it up with a 4.50 to take the lead.

Jackson Bunch (HAW) found the best wave of the heat, giving him a lot of wall to work with to unload three huge turns on his backhand, earning an excellent 8.83, the highest single wave score of the day. Thompson still had priority and found another great wave, slicing into the wave with everything he had. Crawford, Bunch and Rinta Oooto (JPN) all caught waves at the same time, and the seconds counted down as everyone waited for the scores to drop. The judges rewarded Thompson with a 7.33 and scored the highest heat total of the day with 14.33 (out of a possible 20).

“When Jackson (Bunch) dropped that 8.83 I was so stressed,Thompson admitted. Fortunately I had priority and there was still lots of time left, so I knew I just had to sit and wait and hope an opportunity comes my way. Then that wave came at the end and I knew it was my opportunity and everything aligned.”

“I felt so good out there, even at the start of the heat I was sitting in no man’s land and a wave just came to me, so it felt like everything was coming to me at the right time. I really wanted to get a win here at home in front of everyone. I have my friends here and my mom, so I’m just really grateful,Thompson said.

In the first men’s Semifinal, Crawford pushed the level to excellent when he scored an 8.17 for his powerful surfing and booked his spot in the Finals alongside Bunch. The second Semifinal saw the last two remaining South Africans Thompson and Connor Slijpen (RSA) take on Oooto and Winter Vincent (AUS), in an exciting exchange of airs, but only Thompson and Oooto advanced.

The Ballito Open presented by Flojos is supported by Flojos, KwaDukuza Municipality, Surfing South Africa, The North Coast Courier, Monster Energy, SMG and Coca-Cola.