2014 Rip Curl GromSearch Hawaii

posted by / News, Photos / July 17, 2014

South Shore, Oahu

Kewalos Basin, South Shore Oahu, site of the 2014 Rip Curl GromSearch Hawaii

Groms these days are surfing like grown-ups, only smaller. Here, Kai Mcintyre flaunts the hair on his chin.

Groms these days are surfing like grown-ups, only smaller. Here, Kai Mcintyre flaunts the hair on his chin.

Cody Young was a double finalist in the 14 & Under event. They counted him twice 'cus he surfs like he's 28.

Cody Young was a double finalist in the 14 & Under event. They counted him twice 'cus he surfs like he's 28.

Shayden Paccaro makes the best of 2- to 3- foot, rippable conditions.

Shayden Paccaro makes the best of 2- to 3- foot, rippable conditions.

Wyatt McHale wafts his tail...

Wyatt McHale wafts his tail…

…then he picks his nose.

…then he picks his nose.

11-year-old champ Jackson Bunch puts it on rail.

11-year-old champ Jackson Bunch puts it on rail.

Wyatt Mchale, unglued but not unstuck.

Wyatt McHale, unglued but not unstuck.

16 & Under Boys Champ Elijah Gates sprays victory on the coconut wireless.

16 & Under Boys Champ Elijah Gates sprays victory on the coconut wireless.

Turn Loa Ng black and white and remember The Duke.

Turn Loa Ng black and white and remember The Duke.

Dax McGill's seasoned smile says, "This ain't my first championship title of the year."

Dax McGill's seasoned smile says, "This ain't my first championship title of the year."

Her frontside snap says so as well.

Her frontside snap says so as well.

Emily Nishimoto, steady as she goes.

Emily Nishimoto, steady as she goes.

Mainei Kinimaka shows off for the competition.

Mainei Kinimaka shows off for the competition.

Brittany Penaroza.

Brittany Penaroza.

“The GromSearch is one of my favorite contests because they have such amazing prizes. It’s one of the contests that really gives back to the kids.” --Elijah Gates

“The GromSearch is one of my favorite contests because they have such amazing prizes. It’s one of the contests that really gives back to the kids.” --Elijah Gates

Youngin' on his grind. Cody Young that is.

Youngin' on his grind. Cody Young that is.

What's better for a teenage girl—a giant check or a giant shopping bag full of Rip Curl prizes? Dax McGill says both.

What's better for a teenage girl—a giant check or a giant shopping bag full of Rip Curl prizes? Dax McGill says both.

Come October, these little dudes will be surfing Trestles.

Come October, these little dudes will be surfing Trestles.

Elijah Fox scored a fast-50 for the mophie maneuver of the event.

Elijah Fox scored a fast-50 for the mophie maneuver of the event.

Tight surfing, loose shaka. The style of Jackson Bunch.

Tight surfing, loose shaka. The style of Jackson Bunch.

RIP Sonny Miller. The groms (and everyone else) will miss you.

RIP Sonny Miller. The groms (and everyone else) will miss you.

Wyatt McHale says peace out, GromSearch Hawaii.

Wyatt McHale says peace out, GromSearch Hawaii.


All Photos: Ryan Foley

The coconut wireless is buzzing with groms. After the second stop of the 2014 Rip Curl GromSearch, at Kewalo Basin on Oahu, the line is busy with talk of young Hawaiian champions. Talk of how the best from Kewalos will go on to the National Final at Trestles, and possibly the International Final at an undisclosed, world-class wave later this year. Talk of how from there, they’re likely to go on to world-class careers. If one thing is worthy of so much talk, it’s the future. No need to dial, these kids beat you to it. –Mike Misselwitz

OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM STOP #2 OF THE RIP CURL GROMSEARCH PRESENTED BY MOPHIE

Boys 16 & Under
1. Elijah Gates
2. Shayden Paccaro
3. Cody Young
4. Loa Ng

Girls 16 & Under
1. Dax McGill
2. Emily Nishimoto
3. Tiare Thompson
4. Brittany Penaroza
5. Mainei Kinimaka
6. Summer Macedo

Boys 14 & Under
1. Cody Young
2. Loa Ng
3. Elijah Fox
4. Devin Brueggeman

Boys 12 & Under
1. Jackson Bunch
2. Robert Grillho III
3. Wyatt McHale
4. Cole Alves

Mophie Maneuver of the Event
Elijah Fox

HIC Sportsmanship Award
Jake Riccobuano

Who won the fight: the kitten or the cub?

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  • Chuck

    That’s Elijah Fox “picking his nose”, not Wyatt.