SURFING x Gromsearch Video Elections: New Smyrna Beach

posted by / News / September 2, 2010


Watch, vote, comment and win — plus scroll down for an interview with U16 champion Evan Geiselman.

Since not all ripping happens in the final, SURFING created the Gromsearch Video Elections to highlight the best rides from throughout each of Rip Curl’s four regional qualifying events in 2010. Watch the clips below from this past weekend’s Florida event at NSB and cast your vote, post your opinion, or — if you’re one of the nominees — launch yourself a campaign. Yes you can! Regional event winners get a profile piece on SURFINGMAGAZINE.COM, and the season champion gets a full-page “Threat” feature in SURFING Magazine.

And for all spectators interested in free Rip Curl gear:

  1. Vote
  2. Explain your answer in our comments section

We’ll identify the most original, interesting, vocal campaign supporter and send him or her a box of free Rip Curl product. So simple. So quick. So much surf stuff to give away.

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SURFING Magazine: Congrats on the Gromsearch win, Evan. But really, why are you bullying kids by entering this contest?

EVAN GEISELMAN: [Laughs] The main reason I did the Gromsearch was ‘cause it was at New Smyrna and pretty much in front of my house. So I figured I’d do a contest at home for once.

You’re like the sixth grader who goes down to the little kids’ playground and swats them on the basketball court.

[Laughs] Naw, I don’t wanna be like that.

What are you gonna do with your $200?

I usually just save my money, but I’m keeping it out as cash. Maybe get a couple Slurpies or something.

There you go. Tell me about the passion pop you did in that heat.

It was a little passion pop-chop hop. I didn’t think it was really cool, but the waves were like knee high. I was messing around, having fun and just surfing.

It wasn’t really about surfing your home break, was it? It was about getting a trip to Puerto Rico?

Yeah, yeah. That was definitely the main plot of the whole thing. Going down to Puerto Rico’s going to be really cool and I’m looking forward to it because [the Gromsearch National Championships] used to be at Salt Creek. Puerto Rico’s really close to my house, the water’s warm and the waves are really fun — I’m looking forward to that.

Do you go down there often?

I probably get down there once every winter. It’s kinda hard to get down there, but when I’m home and there’s a huge swell and cold front I’ll go down there.

I was talking to [Rip Curl Team Manager] Nick Greeninger and he said he was at your birthday party just a few days ago. How old are you?

I’m turning 17 in a week. My mom threw me a little surprise party for my birthday and US Open win.

What’s the biggest win of your career so far?

The US Open [Pro Junior], for sure. Just because it was in Huntington with 500,000 people on the beach. It was huge for me. It didn’t feel real. And the fact that it was like a stadium was really cool.

So why should kids do the Gromsearch?

It’s just a fun contest, and it’s all about finding new groms. There are a bunch of different age groups and kids that rip who you don’t hear about. It brings out the local talent and gets everyone surfing well.

Don’t you think you’ve already been found?

Ha, yeah. I’m not talking about myself. If the contest were at Sebastian or something I probably wouldn’t have done it, but because it was in my town I wanted to.

Well good luck in PR…bully.

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  • Cheryl Strube

    The future of surfing, in the hands of babes.

  • Thomas McKay

    Kkickas bro keep it up

  • andrea

    Evan didnt even struggle with his surfing skills on that wave !

  • mhasha!

    Noah Schweizer did an epic job on his moves! the other three seemed to stumble and almost fall! noah was definetly the best!!

  • mhasha!

    WOOOOOH!!!!! go noah!!:D ha well noah was epic out there!! this is the first contest ive ever entered and really just want the backpack for school!!! haha well the other three except for noah stumbled alot!! noah didnt!

  • Matt Carr

    Evan Rips, Gotta represent east coast boys!

  • Ty

    The keikis were ripping

  • Gavin O’Hara

    Definitely Evan because he had some killer runs and for such a young talent more attention needs to be paid to him!

  • Paul O

    Evan G! With an emphasis on the G! He moves as fluid as the water under him.

  • Taylor P

    Evan. His turns were so fluid and the air reverse he threw was nasty! The cutback he had was pretty sick too.

  • Leigh

    I voted for Evan because he is hard working, laid back and a great surfer. He was definitely working that small wave as much as possible, pulling some sick moves. And he’s hot.

  • Patrick E

    Evan!!! The guy is smooth as butter.

  • Blake

    Every dog has his day, and I have kept these very heavy guns for some time in the hope that they would have their chance”. What a way to give “life” to these cannons!

  • Lance K.

    Groms killing it! Nuts.

  • Jaryd P

    Noah! Rocked it out… can tell he had a lot of heart in it

  • Eric A.

    Dude Evan killlllled it out there. He has talent now but once he gets even older brah he might be the next big threat. Keep Surfing!!

  • scott

    They were all totally giving 100% but I felt more out of Tanner’s show!

  • Andres J.

    I voted for Noah Schweizer because he had style and even though the wave he caught didn’t have much to offer he still killed it.

  • Rio. K

    Noah Schweizer didnt have much going for him but he put up a fight. Every wave he caught he destroyed

  • yeah

    Evan Geiselman hes our man
    he surfs better than anyone can
    YEW!!YEW!!! (group cheering) YEWW

  • Mariana R.

    Evan Geiselman definitely!! He is the best ever =D

  • justin lesperance

    it was close but i voted for Evan Geiselman. he really knew how to stay a float and work the wave.

  • Karen

    Evan is brilliant. Every time i watch surf videos i get inspired and just want to go out to the beach and try it out, but i don’t have anything. All the guys did awesome!! SKILLSSSS!!

  • Pat

    Evan s without a doubt the best junior in the world right now. On anything from heaving Indo to Florida ankle-biters the younger Gieselman is a G.