2014 Rip Curl Gromsearch Huntington Beach

posted by / News / June 11, 2014

Contrary to the aesthetic, there really wasn’t anything gloomy about it.

Contrary to the aesthetic, there really wasn’t anything gloomy about it.

So Huntington Beach is a barrel now? Cool. Luke Gordon.

So Huntington Beach is a barrel now? Cool. Luke Gordon.

One of Zoe McDougall’s many fans.

One of Zoe McDougall’s many fans.

Ryland Rubens with his mind on his money and pizza on his mind.

Ryland Rubens with his mind on his money and pizza on his mind.

Gunner Day shoots one off.

Gunner Day shoots one off.

Maddie Peterson, en route to another Gromsearch win.

Maddie Peterson, en route to another Gromsearch win.

It’s not the contrast. Cole Alves’ teeth are really just that white.

It’s not the contrast. Cole Alves’ teeth are really just that white.

First he binged. Then he banged. Then John Mel boomed.

First he binged. Then he banged. Then John Mel boomed.

Kyuss King is from Byron Bay. No further questions.

Kyuss King is from Byron Bay. No further questions.

Finn McGill, a bona fied moose.

Finn McGill, a bona fied moose.

Rylan Rubens throws his hands up in the air sometimes. He doesn’t screen hey-oohh, he screams give me a damn 8.

Rylan Rubens throws his hands up in the air sometimes. He doesn’t screen hey-oohh, he screams give me a damn 8.

Kei Kobayashi, Griffin Colapinto and Wyatt Mchale play kendama — a game in which heroes get remembered, but legends never die.

Kei Kobayashi, Griffin Colapinto and Wyatt Mchale play kendama — a game in which heroes get remembered, but legends never die.

Oh, Kei Kobayashi. OK, we get it, you’re really good.

Oh, Kei Kobayashi. OK, we get it, you’re really good.

Remember when you were young and adults told you that if you purposely go cross-eyed, you could stay that way forever. Crosby Colapinto ain’t buying it.

Remember when you were young and adults told you that if you purposely go cross-eyed, you could stay that way forever. Crosby Colapinto ain’t buying it.

The search for the next Kelly Slater Vinny Van Gogh.

The search for the next Kelly Slater Vinny Van Gogh.

Kade Matson got bean bagged.

Kade Matson got bean bagged.

The goal, from what we gather, was not to hit Kade’s face but to get it in the hole.

The goal, from what we gather, was not to hit Kade’s face but to get it in the hole.

Kanoa lets ‘em breathe.

Kanoa Igarashi lets ‘em breathe.

Kanoa didn’t lose, he just lives nearby. He’s probably going home to grab an apple.

Kanoa didn’t lose, he just lives nearby. He’s probably going home to grab an apple or maybe some grapes.

Elijah Hannerman, throwing the hammer man.

Elijah Hannerman, throwing the hammer man.

Boys 12/Under finalists.

Boys 12/Under finalists.

Boys 14/Under finalists.

Boys 14/Under finalists.

Girls 16/Under finalists.

Girls 16/Under finalists.

Boys 16/Under finalists.

Boys 16/Under finalists.


All Photos: Quinn Matthews

They came in hoards. 163 young surfers in total, from different countries, different counties, different clans and different camps. Every last one of them sought victory — a rush more intense than even the most reckless of sugar highs. And for the first time in Gromsearch history, the competition was held at the south side of the Huntington Beach pier. Ohh la la. In waist-to-chest high bowls, things were bound to get interesting. And they did. During the two day event, we saw many a tail throw, many more a rail turn. Frankly, we saw the future of surfing. And in that, we saw four young surfers walk away from the pier as champions.

Boys 16/Under:
1. Kanoa Igarashi ($250)
2. Tyler Gunter
3. Nolan Rapoza
4. Davis Freud

Girls 16/Under:
1. Maddie Peterson ($250)
2. Steffi Kerson
3. Meah Collins
4. Zoe McDougall

Boys 14/Under:
1. Ryland Rubens ($250)
2. John Mel
3. Eithan Osborne
4. Tyler Gunter

Boys 12/Under:
1. Elijah Hanneman ($250)
2. Griffin Foy
3. Kade Matson
4. Wyatt McHale

Mophie Maneuver of the Event:
Sean Woods ($50)

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  • Greg

    “Hordes,” not “hoards.”