Bude’s Ellie Turner is heading to the RC Gromsearch Final in Brazil. The legendary event that’s been a stepping stone to greatness for many, will be held at Maresias Beach, Sao Paulo, from May 2 – 7.
Competitors come from seven different regions around the globe, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Indonesia, South Africa and South America.
Competition will take place at the home beach of 2014 WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina, on the white sandy beaches of the northern part of the Sao Paulo coastline. In conjunction with the Medina Institute, 16 of the world’s top up-and-coming surfers will have the chance to stake their claim to this prestigious event, gaining international recognition as a competitive athlete.
2017 List of Competitors:
Australia: Jay Brown and Sasha Baker
Brazil: Leonardo Barcelos and Louisie Frumento
Europe: Yael Pena (Spain) and Ellie Turner (UK)
Indonesia: Rio Waida and Dhea Natasya Novitasari
New Zealand: Caleb Cutmore and Elin Tawharu
USA: Kade Matson and Caroline Marks
Rip Curl ran the first GromSearch event back in 1999 with the goal of providing a fun yet high-level competitive event for junior surfers. Since then it has developed into a worldwide series that culminates in an International Final, held at a different location each year. With an age bracket of under-17, the focus is on nurturing the development of the next generation of elite surfers.
Rip Curl Team rider Ellie Turner from the UK will be representing Europe along Yael Pena from Spain. We will be closely following the Euro Kids next week with interest.
Former GromSearch competitors include 2014 World Champion Gabriel Medina, reigning World Champion Tyler Wright (2016), 6x World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, World Tour competitors Owen Wright, Nikki van Dijk and more.