In great news for all of our junior surfers in South Africa, the Rip Curl GromSearch is heading for Seal Point. The second 2022 Rip Curl series event will be held at Seal Point, Cape St Francis, on 23/24 July. The Rip Curl GromSearch contest is presented by Sea Harvest and supported by The Cape St Francis Resort. 

Entries for the tournament are open, and you can find them HERE. Early entries include Josh and Luc Van Wyk and local surfers Rylan Jarvis, Jesse Moulang, Jack Erlank, David Moussouris and Slayde Shooter. Two notable goofy-footers coming to the event from out of town include Durban’s Surprise Maphumulo and Cape Town’s Joel Fowles, who won his U16 division in the first GromSearch event. 

Remember that once the contest is full (i.e. the maximum number of heats per day is reached), no more entries will be accepted. This will happen even if it is before the advertised closing date. Heats and a provisional schedule will be posted on Liveheats closer to the event’s start. 


Junior surfer Kai Stubbs at the recent Plakkie Classic © @gumbootism


The first competition in the 2022 series was held at Mossel Bay for one heat before a shark sighting saw the contest move to Victoria Bay. The waves were excellent at Vic Bay, and the competition was a massive success. It was a welcome return for Rip Curl into the realms of junior competitive surfing in South Africa. 

The Rip Curl GromSearch series has always been a great stepping stone for the recent champions of our sport. Former International GromSearch competitors who have competed or who are currently competing on the various WSL Tours include Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Filipe Toledo, Owen Wright, Gabriel Medina, Mason Ho, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright, Malia Manuel, Laura Enever and Alana Blanchard.

 Rip Curl’s Gabriel Medina from Brazil came up through the GromSearch ranks © WSL

In the first Rip Curl GromSearch competition, we saw some stellar performances in the water. Winners included Leah Lepront (U12 girls), Mikey Todd (U12 boys), Louise Lepront (U14 Girls), Rory Dace (U14 Boys), Sarah Scott (U16 Girls), Joel Fowles (U16 Boys), Sarah Scott (U18 Girls) and Luke Thompson (U18 Boys).

“We’re very pleased to have the Rip Curl GromSearch series going again, and we have plans for the future of this series,” said Rip Curl South Africa’s CEO Stuart Daykin. “We are looking forward to the event at Cape St Francis.”

The contest will once again have U12 boys and girls, U14 boys and girls, U16 boys and girls and U18 boys and girls divisions competing. The competition is a Premier SAST event, with 1,000 points going to the winners and prizemoney per a premier event.

Contestants must register as members of Surfing South Africa to compete in this Premier SAST Event. Click Here to register as an SSA member

Seal Point is a high-performance right-hand point-break and popular amongst surfers from all over the country. It sits under the Seal Point Lighthouse. At 27,75 meters tall, this lighthouse is the South Easternmost Point Of Africa.

The beautiful Cape St Francis Resort is supporting the Rip Curl GromSearch. Bordering the beach at Cape St Francis and just a few minutes from the contest venue, Cape St Francis Resort ticks all the boxes as a perfect beach holiday destination. The Resort has a very unique setting. Several accommodation options include conventional hotel rooms and three- and four-bedroom cottages. There are also luxury beach villas. The Cape St Francis Resort is ideal for couples, surfers, families and anyone who loves a beach holiday. All are suitable for either a bed and breakfast choice or a self-catering option.

There are discounted rates available for anyone coming down for the contest. These rates can be found at the bottom of the release. Alternatively, phone Anita at the Resort on 082 494 3755 or 042 298 0054, or email

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

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