Bali – Wednesday, 3rd October 2018: The Rip Curl GromSearch is a prestigious event series giving under-17 surfers a chance to compete against their nations’ best, and 2018 marks its 15th year running. One of the longest Junior Surfing Series in South East Asia, it has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers.

The list of previous GromSearch winners illustrates the significant 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 Fitzgibbons (Australia) among the list of former competitors and GromSearch International Final Champions.

Working in conjunction with Halfway Kuta Boardriders, the event will be held on 20-21 October 2018 at Kuta Beach Halfway. The Rip Curl GromSearch includes boys and girls divisions in 16 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under age groups, commonly

referred to as “Groms”. The aim of the GromSearch is to nurture and recruit the next generation of surfers at a grassroots level.

To be competition eligible, you must be the specified age as of the 31st December, 2018. All divisions are limited, with entry allocated on a first in first served basis and allows surfers from around the country to compete against their contemporaries in a fun and engaging environment.

“In the events 15th year, we are stoked to be hosting the GromSearch at Kuta Beach in partnership with Halfway Kuta Boardriders. This stretch of beach has been the heart of the sport in Indonesia for over 2 generations and arguably remains the biggest hotbed of surfing talent in the whole of the achiepelego. We can’t wait to see the best under 16 surfers in the country go head-to-head, but also give opportunity for new young surfers to compete in a fun and friendly environment”, said James Hendy, Rip Curl Marketing Manager SE Asia.

Winners of the under 16’s category in both Boys and Girls divisions are then flown - all expenses paid - to the 2018 international final where they will face the hottest under 16 surfers from around the globe. Win the international finals and you are well on your way to sponsorship and a pro career - the stuff that young dreams are made of. The GromSearch brings the most talented young surfers in Indonesia together in an exciting, safe and friendly environment that promotes sportsmanship, environmental awareness, cultural exchange and high voltage competition.

So get ready for the 2018 GromSearch!

This event is supported by Creatures, XPS Link, Agility, with offical media partner from Bali Belly, Surftime Magazine and Pemburu Ombak.

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About Rip Curl GromSearch

The Rip Curl GromSearch is a worldwide series of events designed especially for grommets. It started in 1999 as a one day event at Jan Juc in Victoria. Since then it has developed into the strongest international series for 16 year and under surfers in the world. With parallel Rip Curl GromSearch series in over 10 countries, it has become a crucial stepping stone in the development of elite junior surfers.

About Rip Curl – The Ultimate Surfing Company

What started in 1969 as a vision, or Search, of two surfers has evolved into a way of life for surfers and board sport enthusiasts worldwide. Rip Curl remains a private company committed to the mission of being regarded as The Ultimate Surfing Company. Now designing, producing, and distributing a variety of highly innovative clothing, wetsuits, boardshorts, watches, mountainwear, footwear, eyewear, accessories, and other equipment for the range of board sports through out more than 60 countries around the globe. For further information, please visit .

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Conditions & Regulations:

1. Participants from other countries are allowed to participate in the GromSearch event, if they are already residing / staying in Indonesia.

2. Contest Registration will be closed 3 days before the start of the contest.

3. Each Age division is limited to only 32 participants.

4. Only participants holding an Indonesian / SE Asian passport can qualify for the Final and win Tickets to the International GromSearch Final.

5. The International GromSearch Final is only for the UNDER 16 Boys & UNDER 16 Girls Division.

6. Participants are only allowed to enter the contest in ONE CATEGORY per event.

7. Competitors competing in each age category (Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 & Under 16) must of that age or under, on the 31st of December 2018 - Example:

    a. Under 16-division competitor's must be not older than 16 years of age on the 31st December 2018.

    b. Under 14-division competitor's must be not older than 14 years of age on the 31st December 2018.

    c. Under 12-division competitor's must be not older than 12 years of age on the 31st December 2018.

    d. Under 10-division competitor's must be not older than 10 years of age on the 31st December 2018.

    e. Participants registering for the contest must include a copy of their Birth Certificate / School Diploma/ Letter from the local area (Official of RT / RW).

    f. Participants whose age exceeds the age of 16 years old still have the opportunity to participate the competition, but only in the Expression Session category (1 Heat, 20 Minutes).