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Newcastle will remain the host town for the 2021 / 2022 Rip Curl GromSearch series and locals will be represented by young up-and-comers like Ocean Lancaster. MANDATORY IMAGE CREDITS: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

New dates announced for Rip Curl GromSearch 2021/22 series

New January dates have been released for Rip Curl GromSearch surfing events in Victoria and NSW, ensuring multiple locations for the 2021/22 series.

With COVID-19 regulations postponing the original dates in the September school holidays, GromSearch authorities have worked to secure alternate dates for the respective events, into the new year.
The Rip Curl GromSearch is an iconic series of events for junior surfers that started in Australia and has developed in over 10 other countries. Organisers were committed to continuing this focus on the development and support of the next generation of surfing talent, whilst following the appropriate COVID-19 regulations and protocol.
“We want to run the Rip Curl GromSearch series whenever we can, so we are committed to finding new dates for the crew in Vic and NSW” commented Rip Curl Marketing Manager Angus Forrest. “It’s been a tough 18 months for everyone, so we’re stoked to work with the states and find a way to run the series. Hopefully it provides a bit of fun for the groms and we score some pumping waves”.
Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor City of Newcastle stated: “City of Newcastle is pleased to support The Rip Curl GromSearch series. Newcastle’s reputation as a surfing mecca has been cemented by our long-running home-grown event Surfest, Surfing Australia’s National Boardriders Battle and our inclusion on the WSL Championship Tour in 2021. We look forward to seeing the next generation of talented young surfers test their skills on our renowned surf breaks during this fantastic event.”

RIP CURL GROMSEARCH SERIES – 2021/22.
EVENT 1 – Coolum, Qld – Dec 13-15, 2021
EVENT 2 – Jan Juc, Vic – Jan 13-14, 2022
EVENT 3 – Newcastle, NSW – Jan 18-21, 2022
National Final – location TBC – Early 2022

*all dates and locations are subject to the relevant local, state and federal COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.

COVID-19 considerations for 2021/22 series.
All events are run in conjunction with the relevant Surfing Australia affiliated state surfing organizations and adhere to the relevant local, regional, state and/or federal Covid regulations and restrictions.
In an effort to eliminate cross-border and regional travel, organisers may determine to reserve entry to each GromSearch event specifically for residents of that state only.
Entries into the event will open Tuesday, 12 October at 5 pm and all participants will be required to re-enter the event.

GromSearch Overview
Divisions:
16 and Under Girls, 14 and Under Girls, 12 and Under Girls
16 and Under Boys, 14 and Under Boys, 12 and Under Boys

The Australian GromSearch National Final will be held for qualifying athletes in 2022.
The series provides the opportunity for groms to surf with the crew from around the country and developing their competitive game. As participants progress through to the finals they get the chance to test their skills against Australia’s best, providing valuable experience competing against elite-level talent.
The impressive list of previous GromSearch competitors that are currently on the WSL world tour is a testament to the quality of the series.

Current WSL World Tour athletes that were GromSearch finalists include:
Tyler Wright*, Steph Gilmore*, Carissa Moore*, Sally Fitzgibbons, Malia Manuel, Nikki Van Dijk, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Bronte Macaulay, Caroline Marks, Macy Callaghan, Brisa Hennessy, Isabella Nichols and Bethany Hamilton.
(*Note: GromSearch competitors have won the last 13 WSL women’s World Titles).

Current Men’s WSL World Tour athletes that were GromSearch finalists include:
Gabriel Medina*, Owen Wright, Italo Ferreira*, Jordy Smith*, Kolohe Andino*, Filipe Toledo*, Kanoa Igarashi*, Wade Carmichael, Ryan Callinan, Leonardo Fioravanti, Connor O’Leary, Seth Moniz, Griffin Colapinto and Morgan Cibilic.
(*Note: the top six surfers of the final 2019 WSL World Tour rankings are all former GromSearch finalists).

Surfing NSW will host the event under strict COVID-19 restrictions including limiting non-essential spectators and requesting that competitors leave the competition site once they have finished their heat.

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