2013 Rip Curl GromSearch New Smyrna Beach

All Photos: Patrick Ruddy

 
It was a humid dawn in the sunshine state. Sharks swam in the sea, gators lurked in the lagoon and plump oranges slouched on the trees. As the sun made its way out of the Atlantic, hoards upon hoards of young surfers descended upon the sands of New Smyrna — 84 contestants in total, each of them hoping to become the next Evan or Eric.

Waist to chest high waves marched onto that lovely inlet sandbar, and each heat told a new story. Some told stories of sharks. Others sang the song of a triangle. But most heats just brought forth a bunch of tail throws. They love progressive surfing, these little ones. Daniel Glenn proved to be the most progressive young man born after ’97, as he scalped the Boys 16 & Under division. And on the ladies side, Sydney Herring hummed her way into victory. Both Daniel and Sydney are from New Smyrna Beach. They should go to prom together, or at least we think so.

Words With Winners:

Boys 16 & Under
Full Name: Daniel Christopher Glenn
Age: 17
Hometown: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Sponsors: Reef, Quiet Flight, Atlantic Photo, FCS, Gorilla Grip, West, Stance
Who is the best surfer in the Gromsearch? I think the best surfer is going to be the one who wins the Nationals in October
Why do you like to surf? It’s hard to explain but I would say its very addicting with a great adrenalin rush
Would you rather drive a pickup truck or a Prius? A truck
Who is the best athlete in the world? Kelly Slater
Why do you like Instagram? I like it because I get to see what my friends are up too without having to talk to them
Would you rather eat pizza or a salad? Pizza
What is your favorite non-surfing possession? My cat
Who is the best surfer to never qualify for the tour? Eric Geiselman
What is the worst popular song right now? The one by Miley Cyrus is pretty bad
What is your goal in the next five years? I’d like to make it to Bali to compete at the world juniors, then after start my QS career and try to make it on the world tour
Who is your favorite Gromsearch champ? Mason Ho

Girls 16 & Under
Full Name: Sydney Shae Herring
Age: 16
Hometown: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Sponsors: 8Eighty Wear, Arnette, Sticky Bumps, Clever Surfboards
Who is the best surfer in the Gromsearch? Robbie McCormick
Why do you like to surf? It’s fun
Would you rather drive a pickup truck or a Prius? Pickup Truck
Who is the best athlete in the world? Bethany Hamilton
Why do you like Instagram? A picture is worth a thousands words
Would you rather eat pizza or a salad? Pizza
What is your favorite non-surfing possession? My iPhone
Who is the best surfer to never* qualify for the tour? Eric Geiselman
What is the worst popular song right now? I try not to listen to the radio
What is your goal in the next five years? To win NSSA Nationals, go to college and work my way into the ASP
Who is your favorite Gromsearch champ? Lakey Peterson

Results:

Boys 16 & Under
1. Daniel Glenn
2. Che Allan
3. Dane Mackie
4. Cobie Gittner

Girls 16 & Under
1. Sydney Herring
2. Caroline Marks
3. Malia Osterkamp
4. Rachel Presti

Boys 14 & Under
1. Luke Marks
2. Luke Gordon
3. DJ Buchanan
4. Che Allan

Boys 12 & Under
1. Robbie McCormick
2. Tommy Coleman
3. Zander Venezia
4. Jacob Burke

Mophie Maneuver of the Event
-Daniel Glenn, for a noble tail-chuck