Port Alfred – The Rip Curl GromSearch Port Alfred, presented by the Royal St Andrews Hotel, will be the fourth contest in the popular Rip Curl GromSearch series. Originally a two-day event, the competition has already been extended to three days in anticipation of another full event. 

The tournament will take place from 28th- 30th July. It is open to surfers U12 to U18, with the U16 being the premier division. The contest is the fourth event in a five-part series.

The Rip Curl GromSearch competitions are known for attracting some of the best junior surfers in the country. The first three events experienced massive entries. The Port Alfred contest will undoubtedly be in the same mould.


Rip Curl team member Ben Esterhuyse in action at the Rip Curl GromSearch Victoria Bay © Louis Wulff

East Beach

The contest will be held at East Beach, Port Alfred, known for its consistent right-hand waves and often perfect conditions. All surfing enthusiasts are encouraged to come down to East Beach to catch the action live. 

The tournament is presented by The Royal St Andrews Hotel, which will be offering special accommodation rates for officials, athletes and their families.

Event Rates

R1150.00 per room per night, single accommodation and inclusive of breakfast.

R675.00 per person sharing per night, double accommodation and inclusive of breakfast. 

This translates to R1350.00 per room per night, B&B for two persons.

Participants must call/email the reservations office and quote “Rip Curl Gromsearch”.

“The Royal St Andrews Hotel is proud to partner with Rip Curl South Africa for the Rip Curl Gromsearch Port Alfred Surf Event for 2023 and is grateful for the opportunity to provide Gracious Hospitality and to showcase Port Alfred as a serious surf destination for South Africa’s young, up and coming surfers. The three-day event will provide great entertainment for locals and visitors who wish to witness surfing from the most popular surf series in the country.” 

Justin Bekker, Owner. Royal St Andrews Hotel.


The Royal St Andrews Hotel, Port Alfred


Overall, this Rip Curl GromSearch Junior Surfing Contest promises to be an exciting event that should not be missed by surfing enthusiasts or anyone interested in watching the best young surfers in the country compete against each other in a friendly and competitive environment. 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 U16 division is recognised as the premier division at the Grom Search contests. Louise Lepront, Anastasia Venter and Lily Heny have all been performing well in the U16 Girls division, while Levi Epenetos, Josh Malherbe and Cooper Smith are some of the more consistent surfers in the U16 Boys, getting solid results in this division. 

Live Heats will cover the contest, with live scores available throughout the event. The previous Rip Curl GromSearch event was held in Scottburgh on the South Coast. Those results can be found here Live Heats

Complimentary high-resolution images are available for media outlets on request.

About Surfing South Africa

Surfing South Africa is the official National Federation for Surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African 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 developing the sport, hosting National tournaments, sanctioning international events and selecting the national teams. This is for all disciplines that are part of SSA.

SSA is one of the 109 members of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for the sport. For more information about Surfing South Africa, go to www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za or find SurfingSA on Facebook.





About The Royal St Andrews Hotel

The historic Royal St. Andrews Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre has an outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art conference centre and offers free high-speed WiFi throughout. The elegant rooms and suites at the hotel are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, private bathroom and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. 

The Thistle Restaurant is ideal for intimate dinners or special occasions, serving fine cuisine and a good selection of South African wines. Locally crafted beer and traditional pub cuisine can be enjoyed at The Highlander Pub. Overlooking a courtyard and a garden, the casual Paper Nautilus Deli serves coffee and breakfasts.


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