Angus Scotney (Newquay) today showed that at age (13) was not deterred by his older competitors by blazing through and claiming victory in the Under 16 division.
The best 16 and Under amateur surfer’s came from all over the UK on Saturday, June 9th in hopes of adding a Rip Curl GromSearch title to their resume. The challenging conditions constantly changed with the tide and wind variation but that didn’t stop the show with thousands of people coming to check out all the surfing action.
Newquay’s young ripper Angus Scotney displayed maturity beyond his years with power manouvres that elevated him to his maiden victory. “I’m so happy to win the Under 16 final and to win a trip to Portugal to compete against all the other Under 16 GromSearch winners from across Europe at this years Rip Curl Pro Portugal (10-21 of October 2012) is a dream come true’’ said Scotney.
The 14 and under boys young Cornwall style master Max Payne took victory over Liam Murry Strout with the lead switching several times before Payne sealed the deal in the last five minutes with an impressive 8 point ride.
Gabiel Lay put on a clinic display in his Boys 12 and under final and came out dominant, while also locking in a third place finish in the Boys 14 and Under division.
In the ladies 16 and under division, Rachel Cosier (Pembroke) used her local knowledge and put on an impeccable performance nudging out Niamh Mathias. Cosier had her fellow competitors against the ropes and took the win and her spot at the Rip Curl Under 16 girls GromSearch European Final in Portugal later this year.
The Under 14 girls didn’t disapoint either with Ellie Codd taking down Niamh Mathias by the narrowest of margins. While in Under 12 girls Isobel Hedd Evens showed that she has a bright surfing future ahead of Molly Hodges.
POSCA Maneuver of the Event went to Max Payne for a full frontside vertical re-entry manouvre.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF STOP #1, 2012 RIP CURL GROMSEARCH PRESENTED BY POSCA – PORTHCAWL, WALES
1. Amgus Scotney
2. Max Pechonis
3. Liam Murry Strout
4. Max Payne
1. Max Payne
2. Liam Murry Strout
3. Gabriel Lay
4. Angus Scotney
1. Gabriel Lay
2. Garin Clay
3. Stanley Norman
4. Finn Gamblin
1. Rachel Cosier
2. Emily Williams
3. Milly Zoefig
4. Angharad John
1. Elie Codd
2. Niamh Mathias
3. Isobel Hedd Evens
4. Anne Williams
1. Isobel Hedd Evens
2. Molly Hodges
3. Katherine Hudson
4. Ffion Hughes
The Rip Curl GromSearch 2012 is a fresh opportunity for young European surfers to showcase their talent and compete with each other in a fun and laid-back environment.
European final (Under 16 category only): kicking off the Rip Curl Pro in Peniche, Portugal 9-10 October 2012. The winners of the Under 16 category (boys and girls) will be awarded a spot in the European finals held on the 8-9 October before the Rip Curl Pro Portugal World Tour event, 10-21 of October 2012.
The European final will give young hopefuls the chance to scoop a place in the international final, to be held during the Rip Curl Pro Bell’s Beach (Torquay, Australia) in April 2013. The winners (and a companion) get a free trip to this iconic world tour event.
A big shout out to all the 2012 Rip Curl GromSearch supporters: POSCA, FCS & Gorilla Grip, Bouygues Telecom, SeventyOne Percent. The next Rip Curl GromSearch event in the UK will be held in Newquay 21-22 of July.