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Seth Moniz & Dax McGill Defend Their Home Turf at the Rip Curl GromSearch Kewalo Basin

his past Sunday, July 14th, the second stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch series presented by Mophie was full of aloha spirit, as 84 competitors between the ages of 8 - 16 took to the warm beautiful waters of Kewalo Basin on the South Shore of Oahu.

With a strong ESE trade swell in the water, competitors were greeted with clean 2-4 foot conditions all day long, providing highly rippable lefts as well as wedging rights into the ‘air wind.’ With 16 RCGS National Final invite spots on the line, the young boys and girls from across the Hawaiian Islands showed up ready to do battle.

In the premiere 16 & under boy’s division, Kewalo’s local and the event’s #1 seed, Seth Moniz, was a clear stand out from the first heat of the day.  Seth’s local knowledge came to play time and time again, as he found himself in the best position for the waves offering the most scoring potential. After going to the skies in his first few heats, Moniz stuck to his backhand during the Final scoring multiple rides in the excellent (8-10) point range.

“Coming home from the NSSA & Surfing America events, it’s good to just compete in a fun event. I didn’t have any coaches telling me what to do; I just went out and had a good time with my good friends,” Moniz explained of how he perceived the GromSearch Series. “Not many amateur events put money in for the kids, so that’s another cool thing Rip Curl does for the kids. Thanks Rip Curl!”

With the win, Moniz, as well as the other 16 & Under finalists: Kauai future star Dorian Blanchard in 2nd; Cole Alves of Maui, who surfed in all three age divisions in in 3rd, and last year’s defending champ, Elijah Gates of Oahu, in 4th, have all earned invites to compete in the RCGS National Final October 26th at Upper Trestles, San Clemente.

The champion in both the Boys & Girls 16 & under at Trestles, will win an all expense paid trip to compete in the International GromSearch Final held in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, 2014.


Boys 16 & Under
1. Seth Moniz
2. Dorian Blanchard
3. Cole Alves
4. Elijah Gates

Girls 16 & Under
1. Dax McGill 
2. Brisa Hennessy 
3. Brittany Penaroza
4. Summer Macedo 
5. Kealohi Sabate
6. Julie Nishimoto

Boys 14 & Under
1. Kaulana Apo
2. Noa Mizuno
3. Barron Mimiya
4. Loa Ng

Boys 12 & Under
1. Wyatt McHale
2. Cole Alves
3. Reef Tsutsui 
4. Dylan Franzman

Mophie Maneuver of the Event
Kaulana Apo

HIC Sportsmanship Award
Diego Ferri

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