Photos by: Daniel Pullen
The mid-Atlantic’s top tier teens and pre-teens flocked to the Outer Banks this past Saturday to go for broke in the 3rd stop on Rip Curl’s annual Grom Search. Duking it out in waist-high peaks, the kids used every ounce of their energy to carve out permanent places for themselves in the East Coast’s up-and-coming ranks. Either way, Rip Curl’s Grom Search brought the international spotlight to the OBX.
Adolescent standouts could be found blooming on every sandbar Saturday morning. Catch the surfing prodigies as they turn up the heat in Florida at stop number four on the Rip Curl Grom Search this upcoming weekend. —Alex Ryden
Previewing the waist high and highly shreddable conditions.
Nick Rupp, exhibiting his East Coast wave expertise.
Sizing things up.
Mini rebound, courtesy of Tyler Faulkner.
Classic East Coast A-frame.
Daniel Glenn setting up for the finisher.
Nic Hdez points to the heavens for a Boys 12 and under second place finish.
Tyler Faulkner plays it cool before the Boys 12 and under final.
Weston Williams held down the Boys 12 and under crown with turns like this.
Weston Williams, floating his way to first place.
The H20 Overdrive Maneuver of the Event and some fresh bankroll went to Stevie Pittman.
Pausing for the paparazzi. Left to right: Girls 16u champ Darsha Pigford, Boys 16u victor Julian Payne, and 14u winner Daniel Glenn.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF STOP #3, 2009 RIP CURL GROMSEARCH FUELED BY H20 OVERDRIVE, Outer Banks North Carolina:
H20 Overdrive Maneuver of the Event: Stevie Pittman- $100
1. Julian Payne- $250
2. Nick Rupp
3. Conner Lester
4. Josh Beveridge
1. Daniel Glenn- $250
2. Weston Williams
3. Julian Payne
4. Nic Hdez
1. Weston Williams- $250
2. Nic Hdez
3. Stevie Pittman
4. Tyler Faulkner
1. Darsha Pigford- $250
2. Rachel Harvell
3. Allison Parks
4. Bree Kleintop