Rip Curl Announces Ala Moana Bowl as International Gromsearch Final location
14 January 2016 – Rip Curl Head Office – Torquay, Australia: The Rip Curl International Gromsearch Final will be held in the super hollow lefthanders of Ala Moana Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 4 to 9, 2016.
Groms who have won the 2015 National Series finals in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Indonesia and South America will converge on the idyllic location to compete for the coveted title.
It is the first time the International Final has been run in Hawaii. While the event itself will be held in “Town” Rip Curl will be searching for uncrowded late season swells in the “Country” and will look to show the surfers the ins and outs of the North Shore, rounding out the full Hawaiian surfing and cultural experience.
The Rip Curl GromSearch series has been a true stepping stone for the recent champions of surfing. Former International GromSearch competitors who are currently competing on the WSL Championship Tour include: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Felipe Toledo (BRA), Owen Wright (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Tyler Wright (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Malia Manuel (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS) and Nikki van Dijk (AUS).
Just yesterday, two rising stars from Australia booked their ticket to Hawaii with Liam O’Brien (Burleigh Heads, QLD) and Sophia Fulton (Cabarita, NSW) taking out the Under 16’s National Final at North Narrabeen, Sydney.