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Rip Curl GromSearch National Final to be held at URBNSURF Melbourne
Surfing Victoria has reconfirmed the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final will be held in Victoria at Australia’s first surf park - URBNSURF Melbourne - on 15th March, 2020.
The event will also showcase a new URBNSURF wave designed specifically for the event that is one of the most high-performance waves capable of being produced by the venue’s surfing lagoon.
72 of the finest junior surfers from around the country will descend on the country’s first ever public surf park to compete for the title of GromSearch National Champion. Qualifying athletes from the Rip Curl GromSearch series will be joined by wildcards to enjoy a day of surfing perfect waves in the two-hectare, crystal-clear lagoon.
Surfing Victoria Chief Executive, Adam Robertson enthused “we are stoked to be hosting the Rip Curl Gromsearch National Final at URBNSURF.
“The series has proven itself over decades to be an integral part of the junior pathway to the WSL Championship Tour with many National Champions going on to massive successes. Having the event for the first time in an artificial wave park will be an amazing spectacle and will push to level of progression to another level.”
URBNSURF Group Chief Executive, Damon Tudor adds “we’re excited to welcome our partners Rip Curl and Surfing Victoria to host the Gromsearch National Final at URBNSURF Melbourne in March.
“For the event we’ll be using a new high-performance turns wave – named Turns 1 Fast – which provides a powerful first section for vertical snaps, big carving turns, full roundhouse cutbacks and laybacks, followed by another steep vertical section before providing a wrapping or whitewash end section. We’re confident the groms will love the new wave setting, and will result in some mindblowing performances throughout the event.”
Event director Mark Flanagan commented “The Rip Curl Gromsearch National final at in Melbourne is going to be insane. The crew at URBNSURF are cooking up a special new wave for the competitors and we’re announcing a #GromSearchOnline event that will give groms the chance to win wildcards. We’re looking forward to putting on an awesome event.”
The #GromSearchOnline event will give surfers who couldn’t make it to a GromSearch event, or who didn’t qualify at an event, the chance to go to the National final as a wildcard.
Wildcard selection will be made via pro Rip Curl athletes and event officials. Pro athletes are all former GromSearch finalists.
With three wildcards to fill in each division, there are a lot of opportunities to gain entry to the first ever National event in a wave-park.
#GromSearchOnline event for Wildcard positions:
#GromSeachOnline entry window - Feb 8-28, 2021. Include #GromSearchOnline to a wave you’ve surfed and post on Instagram to enter.
Wildcards – 18 total wildcards to be chosen by pro athletes and Rip Curl.
Pro athletes selecting wildcards include Tyler Wright, Morgan Cibilic, Molly Picklum and Jacob Willcox. Stay tuned to their socials as they will announce what they are looking for at the start of the event window.
More details to follow, but for now, just lock a few clips down and drop them during the February event window.
National final DIVISIONS
16 and Under - Girls & Boys,
14 and Under - Girls & Boys,
12 and Under - Girls & Boys,
Women’s WSL athletes that were GromSearch finalists include;
Tyler Wright, Steph Gilmore, Sally Fitgibbons, Malia Manuel, Nikki Van Dijk, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Bronte McCaulay, Caroline Marks, Macy Callaghan, Brisa Hennessy, Isabella Nichols & Bethany Hamilton.
(The last 13 WSL women’s World Titles have been won by former GromSearch finalists).
Men’s WSL 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 & Morgan Cibilic.
(The top 6 surfers of the 2019 WSL world tour rankings were all former GromSearch finalists).
Due to COVID-19 control measures are in place to minimise the impacts of Coronavirus.
Victoria has moved to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions. Though restrictions have eased, it is important that all participants, family and cohort, understand current Victorian legislative restrictions. Please refer to the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services website for information on current restrictions and protocols: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus\
Image: Victoria's Ellie Harrison will be headlining the Rip Curl Gromsearch National Final to be held at URBNSURF Melbourne this March.
13th March 2020 - URBNSURF event limits spectators based on advice regarding Coronavirus
2nd March 2020 - Surfing Victoria to host URBNSURF wave pool event
13th January 2020 - Melbourne’s new URBNSURF attraction to feature at AIME 2020
10th January 2020 - URBNSURF artificial wave park opens in Melbourne
19th December 2019 - URBNSURF Melbourne starts pre-opening media campaign
4th December 2019 - URBNSURF Melbourne partners with Surfing Victoria
14th November 2019 - URBNSURF Melbourne to open in January
16th July 2019 - URBNSURF Melbourne prepares to launch as Australia’s first surf park
18th July 2018 - Urbnsurf Perth development a step closer after Supreme Court win
21st February 2018 - URBNSURF announces investment backing for Australia’s first surf park
13th April 2017 - City of Melville approves lease for URBNSURF Perth wave park
22nd February 2017 - URBNSURF Perth plan moves forward following City of Melville agreement
28th April 2016 - Second URBNSURF attraction to be developed at Sydney Olympic Park
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