SIX NEW CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT THE RIP CURL GROMSEARCH NATIONAL FINAL.
BEACH, ILLAWARRA (Thursday, 17 January, 2019): The 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch
National Final pres. by Flight Centre saw an action-packed day of surfing
in tricky conditions with six new champions being crowned across three
different age divisions.
Finn Cox (Gnarabup, WA) ensured a GromSearch National Final trophy would
be making its way across the country, taking out the 16 Boys division.
Cox remained busy in the heat with northern beaches surfer Jamie Thomson
(Narrabeen, NSW) catching a giant 12 waves to Thomsons two, however,
the tactic paid off for the West Australian as he mustered up an impressive
13.27 two-wave heat total to gain the upper hand and take the win.
Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW) claimed her second title from as many events
in 2019, taking out the 16-and-Under Girls. Molly appeared to build on
the momentum that allowed her to claim victory in the Hydralyte Pro Junior
at Stradbroke Island this past weekend, taking the victory over fellow
event standout Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW). Picklum employed similar tactics
to Cox in the boys division, remaining busy in the final, catching 11
waves and finishing with a respectable 14.06 two-wave heat total.
Lennix Smith (Barrack Heights, NSW) took the lone local title for the
Illawarra surfing contingent, taking out the 14 Boys division. Smith went
toe-to-toe with Matt Boyle in the exciting affair but was able to snatch
the win by a 1.07 margin.
In an exciting battle between two interstate surfers, Jazz Wylie (Jan
Juc, Vic) and Lilliana Bowrey (Tewantin, Qld) managed to find a handful
of diamonds in the rough in the 14 Girls division. Both surfers picked
the eyes out of the little peaks on offer, however Wylie was able to take
the win by a tiny 0.96 margin ahead of Bowrey.
Bos (Burleigh, Qld) surfed well beyond his years in the 12 Boys division,
executing a handful of decent forehand snaps and carves to get the win
ahead of Yuma Nagasawa (Japan). With both surfers having notched up scores
in the six and seven-point range, Bos was able to get the edge thanks
to a higher backup score that allowed him to take the victory over the
Japanese surfer by less than half a point.
Willow Hardy (Margaret River, WA) showed that she would potentially be
a future threat in the years to come, taking out the 12 Girls final. Hardy
performed a handful of impressive forehand snaps in the heat to get the
victory with a 12.33 two-wave heat total ahead of Quincy Symonds (Tweed
The main base for the National Final of the Rip Curl GromSearch presented
by Flight Centre was Woonona and Sandon Point with backup locations of
Bellambi, Port Kembla, Stanwell Park and Thirroul.
parallel Rip Curl GromSearch Series in over 10 countries, the series has
become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers right
across the globe.
The list of previous GromSearch winners illustrates the prestigious history
of the series, with World Surf League (WSL) competitors Gabriel Medina
(Brazil), Tyler Wright (Australia), Owen Wright (Australia), Matt Wilkinson
(Australia), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Kolohe Andino (USA) and Sally
Fitz gibbons (Australia) among the list of former competitors and Grom
Search International Final Champions.
The Australian series is made up of five events as well as a National
final. Participants for the National final are determined from the GromSearch
ratings, counting a surfers best 2 results across the series. In 2018
the winner of each division in each respective event of the series will
be guaranteed entry into the National final, their seed in the National
final will be determined by their best 2 results total on the 2018 Rip
Curl GromSearch Rankings.
The 2018 Rip Curl Gromsearch is presented by Flight Centre, with managing
partner Surfing Australia.
Rip Curl Gromsearch Presented by Flight Centre Series Schedule:
EVENT 1 - Jan Juc, VIC - Sept 22 - 24, 2018
EVENT 2 - Newcastle, NSW - Sept 29 - Oct 2, 2018
EVENT 3 - Trigg / Scarborough, WA - Oct 5 - 7, 2018
EVENT 4 - Yorke Peninsula, SA - Oct 27 - 28, 2018
EVENT 5 - Sunshine Coast, QLD - Dec 14 - 18, 2018
NATIONAL FINAL Wollongong Region, NSW - January 14 16, 2019
1 Finn Cox (Gnarabup, WA)
2 Jamie Thomson (Narrabeen, NSW)
1 Molly Picklum (Shelly Beach, NSW)
2 Carly Shanahan (Wooli, NSW)
1 Lennix Smith (Barrack Point, NSW)
2 Matt Boyle (Palm Beach, Qld)
1 Jazz Wylie (Jan Juc, Vic)
2 Liliana Bowery (Tewantin, Qld)
1 Chez Bos (Burleigh, Qld)
2 Yuma Nagasawa (Japan)
1 Willow Hardy (Margaret River, WA)
2 Quincy Symonds (Tweed Heads, NSW)