Entries Open For The Rip Curl Gromsearch Port Alfred presented by The Royal St Andrews Hotel


The highly anticipated Rip Curl GromSearch Junior Surfing Tournament will take place in the idyllic coastal town of Port Alfred from 28-30 July 2023. This event promises to showcase the very best junior surfing in South Africa.

The entries are now open and can be accessed here – Rip Curl GromSearch Port Alfred

Port Alfred, nestled along the stunning Eastern Cape coastline, provides the perfect backdrop for this prestigious tournament. The waves at East Beach in Port Alfred are renowned for their power and quality. 

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

In the U12 boys, Marcello Zedde is the standout, with three GromSearch wins under his belt, and in the U12 Girls, Maya Malherbe also has three wins. 

The U14 Boys Has Ben Esterhuyse up front, with Nathan Tayler hot on his heels. At the same time, the U14 Girls has been dominated by Emily Jenkinson, with Jasmine Venter close behind.

The U18 Boys has been a close affair the whole year. Currently, Rory Dace looks the strongest, along with Levi Epenetos. In the U18 Girls, Anastasia Venter and Louise Lepront have been battling it out.

In the premier U16 Boys division, Levi Epenetos and Rody Dace come out on top, with Cooper Smith on their heels. In contrast, in the premier U16 Girls division, Anastasia Venter, Louise Lepront and Emily Jenkinson are the on-form surfers.

The contest is hosted by the Kowie Boardriders.

“The Kowie Boardriders Club has been in existence for over 20 years. As the current Chairman, we are honoured and humbled that Port Alfred has been chosen as the 4th leg of the Rip Curl Gromsearch surf contest at East Beach. We welcome all SSA officials, all junior surfers, coaches, parents and friends. Surf hard, show respect and sportsmanship to the locals and each other, and enjoy the hospitality. KBC wishes all of its club members that have entered the contest good luck, just to name a few, Lily and Owen Heny and Carl Wiersma.”

… Mickey Witthuhn 

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 main division at the GromSearch contests. 

Live Heats will cover the contest, with live scores available throughout the event.

The Rip Curl GromSearch in Port Alfred will be presented by the popular and charming Royal St Andrews Hotel. The delicious breakfasts served at the hotel provide participants and visitors with the fuel they need for a day of competition.  The Royal St. Andrews Hotel offers special accommodation rates for officials, athletes and their families.



The Royal St Andrews Hotel 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”.

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

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