Local Surfers Do Well In Cape Town

Local Surfers Do Well In Cape Town

Tricky conditions, a massive field, and some excellent surfers in the mix saw a couple of local surfers do well at the Rip Curl GromSearch Kommetjie.

Rory Dace won the Premier U16 Boys Division, Slaye Shooter got a third in the U12 Boys, and Brin Jarvis achieved second place in the Girls U12 division.

Other local competitors who entered the contest but didn’t manage to make the finals were Jesse Moulang, Jack Erlank and Rylan Jarvis.

All Photos © Louis Wulff

Official Press Release:

News Release

18 February

 

Emily Jenkinson and Rory Dace Win Premier Division of Rip Curl GromSearch Kommetjie/Witsands

Local Surfers Do Well
With a win in the U14 division and a third in the U16s, Rip Curl team rider Ben Esterhuyse
was a stand-out surfer of the event. © Louis Wulff

 

Kommetjie, Cape Town – due to unfavourable conditions at Long Beach, the final two days of the Rip Curl GromSearch were held at Witsands. After a good opening day at Long Beach, the dropping swell saw event organisers trek over the hill to set up camp at Witsands, where the waves were good and highly contestable.

The final day started small, windy and inconsistent. Still, by lunchtime, Cape Town was showing off again, with clear skies, blue water and the cheerful summer sun beating down on competitors and spectators alike. 

The conditions were small, but there were fun left and right-handers as the best junior surfers in the country set the waves alight!

Four Wildcard Slots

With four wildcard slots available for the SA Junior Surfing Team Selection Trial, there was an edge of seriousness amongst those surfers eligible for the slots in both the U16 and U18 divisions for boys and girls.

Still, it was a weekend of excellent surfing, an amazing family spirit., camaraderie and good vibes as the best junior surfers kicked off their competitive year with the first event. Everyone was in high spirits for the rest of the Rip Curl GromSearch series and the upcoming year of Surfing South Africa contests.

Now in its third year, the Rip Curl GromSearch is the most popular surfing series in the country, and the events are always full within days of entries opening.

U16 Premier Division

The Rip Curl GromSearch is focused on the U16 division, which is deemed the Premier Division in these tournaments, and these two finals were intense. The series winners are chosen on the best four out of five events.

In the Premier U16 Girls division, Emily Jenkinson played a tactical game, catching only two waves in the 20-minute final but making both waves count. With a 5.33 and a 4.67, her heat total was 10 points, and she had a clear victory. Second-placed Leah Lepront needed a 6.33 to get into the lead but couldn’t find another good set wave as the time ran out. Remi Fourie and Louise Lepront were third and fourth.

Local Surfers Do Well
Emily Jenkinson was on fire at the Rip Curl GromSearch © Louis Wulff

The Premier U16 Boys division was all about Rory Dace, who showed dominance from the outset. Nathan Taylor wasn’t far behind but couldn’t find a second big score and was relegated to second place, with Ben Esterhuyse and Josh Malherbe third and fourth.

“Thanks to Rip Curl, Surfing South Africa and everyone behind the scenes for pulling off this event,” said a stoked Dace. “I’m happy to take this first win; I have been training really hard this year and am looking forward to the year ahead.”

A focused Rory Dace dominated the Premier U16 Boys Division at the  Rip Curl GromSearch © Louis Wulff

The next Rip Curl GromSearch takes place at Port Alfred over Easter and is an anchor event of the Port Alfred Easter Festival, along with the Rip Curl Cup Open Specialty Surfing Event. More here: Easter Festival

Rip Curl GromSearch Kommetjie Final Results:

U12 Boys

  1. Ethan Schermbrucker
  2. Levi Vosloo
  3. Slayde Shooter
  4. Ryder Bertish

U12 Girls

  1. Maya Malherbe
  2. Brin Jarvis
  3. Emma Loggenberg

U14 Boys

  1. Ben Esterhuyse
  2. Valdemar Gwenin
  3. Sebastion Copson
  4. Jedd Du Toit

U14 Girls

  1. Camilla Heuer
  2. Leah Lepront
  3. Maya Malherbe
  4. Gabriella Von Mollendorff

U18 Boys

  1. Levi Epenetos
  2. Luc Lepront
  3. Matt Canning
  4. Cooper Smith 

U18 Girls

  1. Sarah Scott
  2. Anastasia Venter
  3. Louise Lepront
  4. Gabriella Herbst

U16 Boys

  1. Rory Dace
  2. Nathan Taylor
  3. Ben Esterhuyse
  4. Josh Malherbe 

U16 Girls

  1. Emily Jenkinson
  2. Leah Lepront
  3. Remi Fourie
  4. Louise Lepront

For the complete set of results, please go to the LiveHeats Page.

Downloadable photos here – Grom Downloads

The Rip Curl GromSearch Kommetjie is a Surfing South Africa event, and is supported by Sea Harvest. 

Rip Curl GromSearch Kommetjie Kicks Off

Rip Curl GromSearch Kommetjie Kicks Off

The Rip Curl GromSearch Kommetjie kicked off at Long Beach this morning with some excellent waves underneath an early morning drizzle. By mid-morning, the sun was out, and the action was non-stop. Some top performances from Ryan Schoon, Cooper Smith, Levi Epenetos and Matt Canning in the U18 division set the tone for the morning. Further, with Schoon amassing the top points for the opening U18 round.

 

Ryan Schoon © Louis Wulff

Goofy-footers

The waves were predominantly left-handers in the early morning high tide, with the occasional right-handers coming through as well. The goofy-footers were in their element, with Schoon, Epenetos and Canning all right-foot forward surfers.

Long Beach is renowned for its very tricky and, at times, brutal shore break. So, it was those surfers who managed to master this shore-dump who were being rewarded generously by the judges. Some surfers also took to the air with impressive aerial moves and were also rewarded with big scores for these high-risk manoeuvres.  

Rip Curl Team Rider

Rip Curl team rider Ben Esterhuyse was on fire in the U14 Boys division, with the highest heat score of this division. This as the waves dropped off slightly with the lower tide. Valdemar Gwenin, Liam Le Roux and Harry Walton were other surfers performing well in this division.

Ben Esterhuyse © Louis Wulff

 

The forecast for the next few days looks promising, and the tournament will start tomorrow morning at 7:30. The Rip Curl GromSearch Kommetjie is the first in a 5-event series and finishes on Sunday afternoon. 

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.

For the complete set of results, please go to the LiveHeats Page.

Downloadable photos here – Grom Downloads

The Rip Curl GromSearch Kommetjie is a Surfing South Africa event and supported by Sea Harvest

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Surfing: Rip Curl GromSearch Heads for Long Beach – Entries Are Closed

Surfing: Rip Curl GromSearch Heads for Long Beach – Entries Are Closed

The first event in the Rip Curl GromSearch series 2024 will take place over February 16 – 18. At this stage, all entries are full, and the entries are now closed.

To be placed on the waiting list for this competition, competitors are asked to please email surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com 

Please include the division you would like to surf and your 2024 membership card. Only pay the entry fee if advised to do so.

First Event

The Rip Curl GromSearch Kommetjie is the first event in this ever-popular junior series. The rest of the series is set for Nahoon Reef in East London, East Beach in Port Alfred, Scottburgh, and Seal Point in Cape St Francis. 

 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. 

Training and Conditioning

 The Rip Curl GromSearch contests are both fun events as well as crucial conditioning and training for our country’s young surfers. This in the skills and expertise needed to become successful competitive surfers. Also, how to surf to the best of their abilities in front of the top Surfing South Africa judges. It also exposes these surfers to the media, who often attend these tournaments, covering the events and the surfers for various media outlets. 

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

Good Forecast

 Due to the wonders of science, we can already get a glimpse of what the waves might look like on that weekend. Still, this will definitely change over the next week or so. Right now, it is showing light onshore wind for the first two days and a nice little 3/4ft groundswell. The wind is going light offshore on the final day and the swell dropping slightly. It does look like excellent conditions for the contest, as Long Beach is a very contestable venue in the light onshore conditions. 

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

Contestants must register as members of Surfing South Africa to compete in this Premier SAST Event.

 The Rip Curl GromSearch series of events are Surfing South Africa events, and the GromSearch series is supported by Sea Harvest.

See also: Rip Curl GromSearch #1 To Start The 2024 Competitive Surfing Year In South Africa

Rip Curl GromSearch #1 To Start The 2024 Competitive Surfing Year In South Africa

Rip Curl GromSearch #1 To Start The 2024 Competitive Surfing Year In South Africa

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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Introducing The Port Alfred Easter Festival presented by Port Alfred Tourism. 

Introducing The Port Alfred Easter Festival presented by Port Alfred Tourism. 

Port Alfred, Eastern Cape – Save The Dates. Tourism Port Alfred presents the Port Alfred Easter Festival 2024. This four-day festival will take place in Port Alfred over the Easter Weekend, 29 March – 1 April 2024.

Two surfing tournaments anchor the Easter Festival. the Rip Curl GromSearch, presented by the Royal St Andrews Hotel and the inaugural Rip Curl Cup, presented by The Royal St Andrews Hotel, an Open Speciality Surfing Event.

Rip Curl GromSearch and Rip Curl Cup

The Rip Curl GromSearch is part of a five-event series along the South African coastline, with events in Cape Town, East London, Port Alfred, Scottburgh and Seal Point, Cape St Francis. The U16 Division is the premier division in this series, and it has U12, U14, U16 and U18 Boys and Girls divisions.

Further, the Rip Curl Cup is an open speciality event, with all surfers of any age invited to enter. Both events are Surfing South Africa contests, and Sea Harvest is a supporting sponsor.

Along with the two surf events, the festival will include a South African Bodyboarding Challenge. Also, the Sunshine Coast Tennis Open, a Bowls event, a Golf Tournament, a Music Festival and a Beer Garden. Furthermore, there will be an Open Water Swim event in the Marina, the Port Alfred Park Run, a Handball tournament at the beach, and the Ski Boat Club are going to hold a Fishing competition.

Port Alfred Easter Festival

The 2023 Rip Curl GromSearch presented by the Royal St Andrews Hotel was a huge success © @Louis Wulff

So, the finer event details will be published soon, along with any other tournaments, races, competitions, or events that might still become part of the inaugural festival.

Also, the ocean events at the Easter Festival will be in the safe hands of the local branch of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station.

Port Alfred Easter Festival

“We are very excited about the Port Alfred Easter Festival,” said the chairperson of the Sunshine Coast Tourism Board’s Tourism Events Subcommittee Justin Bekker. “We have wanted an event of this magnitude in Port Alfred for a while now to benefit the whole town, and it is finally coming together.”

The two surfing events will take place at East Beach, while the SA Bodyboarding Challenge will take place at West Beach. The contests and the Easter Festival have the support of the Kowie Boardriders.

“We are very pleased to be a part of the Port Alfred Easter Festival. We are also stoked to be partnering with The Royal St Andrews Hotel, as well as with Sea Harvest for the Rip Curl events,” said Rip Curl South Africa CEO Stuart Daykin. “It’s also a great thing to have the positivity from the Kowie Boardriders behind the events and the very appreciated assistance of the NSRI at the surf competitions. Working with Surfing South Africa over the last two years with our GromSearch Series has been very successful and rewarding. Also, we are excited to introduce the Rip Curl Cup into the mix this year.”

For any queries about the Port Alfred Easter Festival, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Craig Jarvis at 082 376 4443 or email info@craigjarvis.co.za. Marketing and advertising opportunities are still available on the Port Alfred Easter Festival Platforms.

Port Alfred Tourism

The Port Alfred Easter Festival is supported by Port Alfred Tourism.

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

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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.

Contact:

  1. +27(0)46 604 5400
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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 on Facebook.

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