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24 February 2013, PANDAWA BEACH – Nusa Dua, Bali: Last Sunday, Grommets battled for top place honours at the 2nd series of the Rip Curl GromSearch 2013 on the beautiful white sand’s of Pandawa beach. 3 to 4 foot waves were served up, offering the Groms perfect sized conditions to show-off there skills during the entire day.
A total of 58 Grom’s competed in a warm friendly atmosphere, challenging themselves to get the coveted prize of a ticket to the National finals. “This contest was supported by Bukit Boardriders who helped us with the organization. It was a very challenging contest for the kids with lots of rivalry and perfect conditions. It was really nice to see such a good entry for this event with amazing support from the parents. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun and it was a great atmosphere” commented Rip Curl’s Team Manager - Dylan Amar.
In the final of the Under 16 boys it was Riman Jayadi of Lombok who took first place honours with a huge Frontside aierial halfway through the heat. Second place was Tommy Sobry from Bingin who put in a solid performance as did Raju Sena from Padma in 3rd Place and Max De Santis in 4th. The three highest placed finishers on the podium walked away with tickets to the GromSearch National Finals in Bali later this year. All of the finalists also received Rip Curl, Skullcandy and Shapers prizes as a reward for their performances. Moreover, Putu Samara Yasa was selected as the highest placed Local Grommet, therefore also winning a Wild Card ticket to GromSearch National Finals.
For Under 14’s boys division, Japanese Grom Keitaro blazed the heat with powerful smooth turns eventually gaining a total score of 43.5 points scooping first place. Closely following in second position was his friend Yuji Nishi with Ketut Matius and Samsul Hadi in 3rd and 4th respectively. “I’m very happy as it is my first contest in Bali. It was hard conditions in the final but in the end I found some good waves and won the contest – I’m so stoked!” Keitaro said.
Alongside the Boys there were some fantastic performances from a strong group of local Girls who also racked-up the points all day. Eventual top placings were taken by an on-fire Cinta Hansel who outpaced her competitors in an extraordinary way (38.2 pts), giving her best friend Taina the second position (23.5 pts), followed by Giada Legati (23.1 pts) and Kailani (16 pts).
The day was finished with a beach clean- up by all the competitors. The aim was to collect all non-organic waste in order to educate the Groms in environmental actions. One funny fact from the clean up effort was one of the kids accidentally collected a dead fish leaving everybody asking themselves where was this disgusting smell coming from!
Additionally, children participated in a Rip Curl Quiz, where they were asked several questions regarding the GromSearch Event. The winners were rewarded with lots of Rip Curl Prizes for their contribution.
The overall atmosphere was fun and exciting with crew supporting each other as a big family. Next GromSearch will be run in Canggu on March 10. Grommets, we are waiting for you to give the best of yourself and to make this event even more outstanding than the last!
Rip Curl GromSearch 2013 Nusa Dua Contest Results:
Under 14th Division (Boys):
1st – Keitaro (43.5 pts)
2nd – Yuji Nishi (35.5 pts)
3rd – Ketut Matius (31.3 pts)
4th – Samsul Hadi (24.6 pts)
Under 16th Division (Boys):
1st – Riman Jayadi (45.6 pts)2nd – Tommy Sobry (41.1 pts)
3rd – Raju Sena (29.7 pts)
4th – Max (24.3 pts)
1st - Cinta Hansel (38.2 pts)
2nd - Taina (23.5 pts)
3rd – Giada Legati (23.1 pts)
4th – Kailani (16 pts)
Best Trick – Expression Session: - Koko - Agus Dag Both did exceptional Aerial manoeuvers.
The Rip Curl GromSearch 2013 is Sponsored by Skullcandy, Shapers, Sticky Bumps and GUS. Media support was provided by Surftime and Magic Wave and the event is sanctioned by Asian Surfing Championships.