Rip Curl South Africa proudly announces the first Rip Curl GromSearch competition for 2024. The Rip Curl GromSearch #1 is a Surfing South Africa event. It will be held on the weekend of 16th – 18th February at Long Beach in Cape Town. Also, it is presented by Sea Harvest. Entries are open – Rip Curl GromSearch Entries.

Once again, there will be five Rip Curl GromSearch events this year. Furthermore, the premier division of the series is the U16 division, and the top four results out of five will determine the 2023 Rip Curl Gromsearch Series Results. 

Stepping Stone

The Rip Curl GromSearch Series has been a great stepping stone for the recent champions of our sport. Former International GromSearch competitors include the likes of Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina, Mason Ho, Stephanie Gilmore and Tyler Wright.

All eyes will be on the Cape Town contingent in Kommetjie, including surfers like Kai Stubbs, who won the U14 division in 2023 at this event, Ben Esterhuyse, Levi Epenetos, Levi Kolnick, Emily Jenkinson and others.  


Kai Stubbs © Louis Wulff

This year, there will be a few changes as surfers move into different age groups and face new competitors as they contend for series titles. 

“We’re very excited for this year’s Rip Curl GromSearch series,” said Rip Curl South Africa’s CEO Stuart Daykin. “With five events in the 2024 series, we can expect some top performances from the best junior surfers in the country. Good luck to all competitors for the first event in Cape Town.”

Rip Curl GromSearch #1

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

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

Contestants must register as members of Surfing South Africa to compete in this Premier SAST Event. Go here – SSA Membership – to register as an SSA member.

Event entries are open here – Rip Curl GromSearch Kommetjie. 

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