Buffalo City—This weekend’s Rip Curl GromSearch, presented by Sea Harvest, will take place on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Nahoon Reef. Despite a solid entry list, the contest organisers have managed to fit all the surfing in over the two days, ensuring that many of the competitors who need to get back home for various school and exam commitments have plenty of time to do so. 

The forecast also looks promising for the contest period, with a decent swell on the horizon and favourable winds for the duration of the event.


Nahoon Reef lineup © Louis Wulff


Some of the surfers returning from the ISA World Junior Champs who will be surfing at the event include Rory Dace, Matt Canning, Max Kaufman, Louise Lepront, Remi Fourie, Luc Lepront and others.

Rip Curl South Africa team members Jack Erlank, Rylan Jarvis, Ben Esterhuyse, and Gemma Hanafey will also be competing, with Hanafey having all her local knowledge at her fingertips.

The Rip Curl GromSearch tournament at Nahoon Reef is a Surfing South Africa event. It is presented by Sea Harvest and supported by The National Lottery, Oakhampton B&B and Buffalo City.

The premier division of the series is the U16 division. The GromSearch series gives the kids the experience of surfing and competing in different waves nationwide. Nahoon Reef is the premier wave in East London.

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