2014 Rip Curl GromSearch Nags Head

posted by / News / August 19, 2014

Small, sure — but remember, they are groms not grooms. Commitment-free perfection.

Small, sure — but remember, they are groms not grooms. Commitment-free perfection.

It’s fun to spray your friends. It is even better to spray your competitors. Josh Burke playing some mind games.

It’s fun to spray your friends. It is even better to spray your competitors. Josh Burke playing some mind games.

The girls weren’t looking. They never are. Jacob Burke.

The girls weren’t looking. They never are. Jacob Burke.

Corn fritters, not jitters. Pre-heat zen with little Miss Caroline Marks and friends.

Corn fritters, not jitters. Pre-heat zen with little Miss Caroline Marks and friends.

It might not be a Billabong XXL Ride of the Year candidate, but it'll win you a heat.

It might not be a Billabong XXL Ride of the Year candidate, but it'll win you a heat.

Kei Kobayashi dropping the wallet. (Most likely a velcro wallet with a change holder).

Kei Kobayashi dropping the wallet. (Most likely a velcro wallet with a change holder).

Skimboarding: the most trusted way to break your wrist since 1987.

Skimboarding: the most trusted way to break your wrist since 1987.

Gabe Morvil.

Gabe Morvil.

Sebastian Mendes slashing his way through another Grom Search heat.

Sebastian Mendes slashing his way through another Grom Search heat.

Fishing for scores.

Fishing for scores.

Now a days, the girls can surf just as well as the boys. Caroline Marks bridging the gap.

Now a days, the girls can surf just as well as the boys. Caroline Marks bridging the gap.

The pier provided an awesome angle to see how hard these grooms were actually ripping. Micah Cantor.

The pier provided an awesome angle to see how hard these grooms were actually ripping. Micah Cantor.

The small and mushy conditions didn’t slow down John Burke one bit.

The feeble conditions didn’t slow down John Burke one bit.

There’s no shortage of free gear at the Rip Curl Grom Searches. Every grom goes home with a smile of their face.

There’s no shortage of free gear at the Rip Curl Grom Searches. Every grom goes home with a smile of their face.

Cue the caption about weighing 80 pounds.

Cue the caption about weighing 80 pounds.

The Small, but wedging, conditions provided a few sections to go above the lip. Luke Marks letting his fins breath for a moment.

The small, but wedging, conditions provided a few sections to go above the lip. Luke Marks letting his fins breath for a moment.

Who says that the younger generation can’t put it on rail? Luke Gordon disproving the doubters.

Who says that the younger generation can’t put it on rail? Luke Gordon disproving the doubters.

Boys 12/Under finalists.

Boys 12/Under finalists.

Boys 14/Under finalists.

Boys 14/Under finalists.

Boys 16/Under finalists.

Boys 16/Under finalists.

Boys 16/Under finalists.

Boys 16/Under finalists.

Big money, for little humans. Congrats to the Rip Curl Grom Search Winners!

Big money, for little humans. Congrats to the Rip Curl Grom Search Winners!

The Groms were Hungry -

The Final Stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch qualifying series saw children battling it out for the last few coveted spots at the RCGS National Finals. The small conditions in Nags Head, North Caroline didn’t hinder the nation’s best young surfers — not one bit. The Championships seeds were there for the taking. And they took. Boy, did they take. The final few spots were swooped up with some of the most fiery teenage surfing we’ve seen since first being exposed to the word angst. And now that all the chips are on the table, all eyes are on the pending grand finale at Upper Trestles on October 25th.

 

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM STOP #4 OF THE RIP CURL GROMSEARCH PRESENTED BY MOPHIE:

Boys 16/Under

1. Kei Kobayashi ($250)
2. Luke Marks
3. Josh Burke
4. Jake Marshall

Girls 16/Under

1. Caroline Marks ($250)
2. Sophie Falzone
3. Emory McClary
4. Jessica Wallace

Boys 14/Under

1. Luke Gordon ($250)
2. Micha Cantor
3. Che Allan
4. Bo Raynor

Boys 12/Under

1. Micah Cantor ($25)
2. Sebastian Mendes
3. Nick Marshall
4. Kaleb Kirshenbaum

Mophie Maneuver of the Event:

Luke Marks ($50)

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