News Release

17 July 2023

Good Conditions Forecast For The 4th Rip Curl GromSearch  – Entries Are Closed


With just over ten days before the start of the much-anticipated Rip Curl GromSearch Port Alfred, the early surf forecast for the contest period looks promising. 

The swell size for the event weekend is predicted to hover around the 2-meter region. The wind might shift between onshore and offshore, but there is enough potential for the competing surfers to be excited.  

The tournament will take place at East Beach in the idyllic coastal town of Port Alfred from 28-30 July 2023. The entries are closed, and the contest is full.  

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. 

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 entrance to the stunning Royal St Andrews Hotel


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, which is 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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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 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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