Rip Curl GromSearch Seal Point Quick Facts

What: The Rip Curl GromSearch Seal Point is a premier SAST surfing tournament, with 1,000 points going to the winners and prizemoney per premier events. It is a Surfing South Africa contest, presented by Sea Harvest and supported by the Cape St Francis Resort. It is the second competition in the 3-part GromSearch 2022 series.

When: The event will take place this weekend, 23/24 July. There are two full days of surfing ahead of us, and there will be an early start on both days of competition. The entire competition will be streamed live by SuperSport Schools –  https://live.supersportschools.com/home. You must first register to watch the live feed, which takes about a minute. The daily links for the live stream are:

Saturday

Sunday 

 There will also be live scoring on the Live Heats portal.

Rip Curl GromSearch Contest

Maybe Matt will even pop in at the event – Matthew McGillivray surfs at the Corona Open J-Bay © Beatriz Ryder/World Surf League

The Friends of the St Francis Nature Areas – FOSTER – will be having a beach clean-up on Saturday, should any of the surfers or competitors wish to get involved. More details on the beach clean-up here – Beach Clean.

Where: The Rip Curl GromSearch will take place at Seal Point, the right-hand point-break in Cape St Francis. 

The Rip Curl GromSearch is supported by the Cape St Francis Resort. Numerous accommodation options are available with discounted rates for surfers and their families. For details, phone Anita at the Resort on 082 494 3755 or 042 298 0054, or email anita@capestfrancisresort.co.za

There will also be live music on Friday night at Joe Fish Restaurant at the Cape St Francis Resort and blackboard specials for surfers and their families on Friday and Saturday night at the restaurant.

Who: The Rip Curl GromSearch has the top junior surfers in the country competing, and there will be boy’s and girl’s divisions, from U12 to U18. Several division winners from the first GromSearch event held earlier this year will be hoping to get a second win. Local surfer Rory Dace will be all out to get a second win in the competitive U14 Boys division. Rip Curl athlete Joel Fowles will be looking for a repeat win in the U16 Boys division. 

Why: The Rip Curl 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 GromSearch 2022 consists of three Premier SAST events, with 1,000 points going to the winners and prizemoney per premier events. 

The Rip Curl GromSearch series has always 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, Owen Wright, Gabriel Medina, Mason Ho, Stephanie

Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright and Malia Manuel.

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 the development of the sport, the hosting of National tournaments, the sanctioning of International events and the selection of National teams in all the 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 Surfing SA on Facebook