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Sage Tutterow: slicing back into a 14/U win. Photo: Tyler Rock Ripcurl GromSearch
The second of four regional qualifying stops of the 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Banzai Bowls visited the beautiful shoreline of Kewalo Basin, Oahu, over the past weekend 7/8-9. Kewalos, along with Ala Moana is the hub of premiere surfing in Hawaii. Kewalos’ has a respectful A-frame peak which provided consistent 2-3 foot surf (head high) for the Nation’s top groms.
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Kewalo’s is thee spot for such a grom event — it’s mostly lefts but dependable catching any swell. There’s plenty sections to showcase one’s strengths(or weaknesses). This past weekend it was mostly ‘strength’, at stop #2 of 4 regional qualifying comps of the 2017 Rip Curl GromSearch series.
1. Taro Watanabe, Malibu, CA ($250)
2. Cole Frye, Kauai, HI
3. Cole Alves, Maui, HI
4. Caleb Crozier, Encinitas, CA
1. Keala Tomoda-Bannert, Kaui, HI ($250)
2. Bettylou Sakura Johnson, Oahu, HI
3. Summer Ivy, Oahu, HI
4. Leila Riccobuano, Oahu, HI
1. Sage Tutterow, Kaui, HI ($250)
2. Robert Grilho III, Oahu, HI
3. Tony Nunez, Maui, HI
4. Taro Watanabe, Malibu, CA
1. Kai Martin, Oahu, HI ($250)
2. Shion Crawford, Oahu, HI
3. Luke Swanson, Oahu, HI
4. Makana Franzmann, Oahu, HI
Banzai Bowls Maneuver of the Event:
Cole Alves, Maui, HI ($300)
…LOST Surfboards High Heat Total:
Robert Grilho III, Oahu, HI – 18.17 points
About the GromSearch:
Since Rip Curl developed the concept for the GromSearch events in 1999, the series has spread throughout the surfing world and now culminates with an International final held at a different location each year. The worldwide series is held for male and female surfers aged 16 years and under, commonly referred to as “groms”, with the aim of the GromSearch is to nurture and recruit the next generation of surfers at a grassroots level.
Former GromSearch champions include current WSL World Tour stars; Gabriel Medina, Owen Wright, Jordy Smith, Matt Wilkinson, Nat Young, Kolohe Andino, Tyler Wright, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons.