Rip Curl GromSearch 2014
Erick Damian Wins Rip Curl GromSearch #3 series in Cimaja Jawa Barat!
Cimaja, West Java, 7 April 2014
Last weekend the Rip Curl GromSearch returned to the famous cobble stone point break of Cimaja beach, Pelabuhan Ratu Jawa Barat after a 4 year break.
Surfers arrived 2 days prior to the event starting to clear sky’s and consistent 2 -3 feet pumping waves for the eager Groms! This the 3rd event in the series was saw 75 frothy Grommets arrive from Cimaja and other parts of the region including Romadhon Fajar in Jawa Tengah and some other grommets who came all the way from Bali to compete.
Surrounded by supporting parents and family these grommets were ready to compete for real..!
Another different touch for each series in every region is that Rip Curl bring’s the support of almost the whole gang of Rip Curl team Grommets including - Ketut Agus, Tenshi Ishii, Kona Eru, Max De Santis, Andre Anwar all chaperoned by the pro riders - Garut Widiartha, Diah Rahayu, Darma Putra Tonjo and Indo Pro legend - Pepen Hendrik. The grommets were stoked to meet the elite Rip Curl team and share their stories in a “meet and greet” session where they were given free goodies and poster signings.
With a whole new format, Rip Curl GromSearch is encouraging the little kids to also be part of the event by putting one more division on the agenda for Under 12 yr olds. Rip Curl Grom riders, Tenshi Ishii and Kona Eru made it to the final but had to settle for 2nd and 3rd place while their main rival and friend Kian martin took out his second consecutive win in the division with Javanese surfer Romadhon Fajar taking 4th place.
In the Girl’s division, the surf girl troops were rumbling on the ground and ripping in the water! Hayana Iguchi (Bali) shredded her way to 1st place with a mean backhand attack, followed by Cinta Hansel in 2nd place, Salini Rengganis in 3rd place and Nika Sundari in 4th.
While the competition was running, there was activity for kids awaiting their heats and the other kids that didn’t join the surfing competition. POSCA Pen and Rip Curl Pro riders were making a new meaning of art, fun and surf. Kids made their own artworks drawing with POSCA’S on used Surfboards in a best design competition.
Moving to Under 14th division, it was Bali boy Ketut Agus who turned heads yet again catching his rhythm early on ripping his way to the final round to eventually take 1st place. Irfan Prihandoyo put in a stellar performance to take out the runner-up position narrowly defeating Kin Goldman in 3rd place and Dede Fauzi in 4th place.
In the Under 16 Division, it was the local grommets who’s experience at the right hand point led the way with Erick Damian from West Java picking up the 1st place crown and Bali hot-shot Raju Sena having to settle for second best with Jay Longbottom In 3rd place and Mega Artana in 4th place.
Rip Curl GromSearch National Final awards were handed out to Muldi Aditya, Erik Damian, Kaleb Sukadis and Muhammad Criis for being the 4 highest placed local surfers in the Under 16’s division. All 4 surfers will now have the opportunity to compete against regional finalists for a chance to win a place at the International World GromSearch Finals to be held in Lembongan Island, Bali in September this year.
The event was wrapped-up by a very good vibration from local surfers, Erik Damian said “We are so happy that Rip Curl GromSearch came back choosing our break for one of the stopover this year. Hopefully next year we still on the list yah!”
Last stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch 2014 will be held in Bali at the hotbed of Indonesian Surfing - Padma beach. Known for its great surfers and perfect beach break walls, the kids are so excited to have the chance to compete in a uncrowded line-up at one of Bali’s most famous surfing spots.
1st place - Kian Martin - Bali
2nd place - Tenshi Ishii - Bali
3rd place - Kona Eru - Bali
4th place - Romadhon Fajar - Jawa Tengah
1st place; Ketut Agus - Bali
2nd place; Irfan Prihandoyo - Jawa Timur
3rd place; Kin Goldman - Bali
4th place; Dede Fauzi - Jawa Barat
1st Place; Erick Damian - Jawa Barat
2nd Place; Raju Seana - Bali
3rd place; Jay Longbottom - Bali
4th place; Mega Artana - Bali
1st place; Hayana Iguchi - Bali
2nd; Cinta Hansel - Bali
3rd; Salini Rengganis - Jawa timur
4th; Nika Sundari - Jawa Barat
TICKET TO NATIONAL FINAL :
- Muldi Aditya
- Eric Damian
- Kaleb Sukadis
- Muhammad Criis
Let the Grommets rule!
The Rip Curl GromSearch 2014 is Sponsored by GUS FOUNDATIION.
Media support was provided by Surftime, Indosurflife.com, Balibelly.tv, HAI, TRAX and the event is sanctioned by Asian Surfing Championships.
Next Series Schedule:
4th series: April 27th Kuta Bali.