Lennox Heads surfer Owen Wright was a GromSearch entrant in Coffs Harbour who is now turning heads at the highest level.
Lennox Heads surfer Owen Wright was a GromSearch entrant in Coffs Harbour who is now turning heads at the highest level. Tim Bonython

GromSearch is on the way

THE best young surfing talent from across Australia and the Asia/Pacific region will once again be headed for Coffs Harbour.

The Rip Curl GromSearch is headed for the beaches of the Coffs Coast in October which will not only place the famed local surf break in the spotlight but gives groms the centre stage to show everyone what they’ve got.

The big four-day event is coming to town during the October school holidays starting on October 5.

Rather than hoping for good waves on the one break, the GromSearch will be mobile in the Coffs Harbour area with Macauley’s Beach, Diggers Beach, Park Beach and Boambee Beach all event options.

On past occasions when the Rip Curl GromSearch has been in Coffs Harbour there’s been plenty of evidence to suggest that a future star will come from it.

The GromSearch series has seen some incredible surfers on the winners list including Stephanie Gilmore, Jordy Smith, Ben Dunn, Matt Wilkinson and Sally Fitzgibbons.

It was less than two years ago that Owen Wright and Laura Enever were competing in Coffs Harbour in this event.

The GromSearch series is more than just allowing talented young surfers to strut their stuff though.

Organisers have always stressed that the four-day surfing extavaganza is also about getting male and female surfers down the beach with their friends to surf in a relaxed and fun environment.

At the same time it gives grommets the competitive experience needed for further development in their surfing careers.

The Australian series is made up of seven events around the nation with the winner of the premier 16’s division winning an all expenses paid invite to the Rip Curl Pro Surf and Music Festival at the Bells Beach Easter Classic.



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