2015 Rip Curl Grom Search Finals Results
3rd May 2015
(Top photo 2015 Winner Leilani McGonagle Photo by Rip Curl)
The best of the national Rip Curl Grom Search champions from around the world descended upon Maresias Beach, Brazil for the Rip Curl GromSearch International Final this week. Current WSL World Surfing Champion, Gabriel Medina hosted the competitors at his home beach of Maresias, where his surfing journey began.
The list of former Rip Curl GromSearch International finalists include many stars currently on the elite WSL World Tour, names like Tyler Wright (AUS), Alana Blanchard (HAW), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS). And the 2015 field of athletes will be hoping that they can follow in the footsteps.
The girls competing and representing their countries were;
- Ariane Ochoa (Spain)
- Cinta Hansel (Indonesia)
- Raiha Ensor (New Zealand)
- Caroline Marks (USA)
- Jaleesa Vincent (Australia)
- Leilani McGonagle (Costa Rica)
- Lorraine Lima (Brazil)
- Kayane Reis de Assis (Brazil)
Maresias is a beach break 2 hours from São Paulo sitting amongst a small town and the water temperature is a delicious 23 degrees Celcuis. During the event the waves varied between 2 and 4 foot with a light breeze making for some great conditions for the competitors.
Raiha Ensor from NZ pulled out some free flowing lines and a marked big rail turn early on defeating Leilani from Costa Rica, before meeting her again in the semi finals where Leilani lined up all the right moves to secure her place in the finals against Australia’s Jaleesa Vincent.
Jaleesa Vincent made a number of sharp turns and nicely linked sections in her semi final agains the USA’s power surfer Caroline Marks. Caroline fought back Jaleesa had the upper had with her combo to send her to the final.
Leilani McGonagle from Costa Rica showed remarkable skill against some of the best junior surfers in the world and despite a tough exchange with Jaleesa, she was able to stay on top down to the final buzzer with a number of critical manoeuvres. Leilani was chaired up the beach victorious of the 2015 international win.
2015 International Rip Curl Grom Search Final Results
1st Leilani McGonagle COS
2nd Jaleesa Vincent AUS
=3rd Raiha Ensor NZ
=3rd Caroline Marks USA
The 2015 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final in Maresias is presented by GoPro – Be a Hero, with major partner POSCA and support from Coconut’s Maresias Hotel. São Paulo Surfing Federation and the City Hall of São Sebastião are collaborators. The event is covered by Fluir magazine and Waves website, with with daily reports by FMA News.
Previous Rip Curl GromSearch International final winners:
2014 – Brisa Hennessey (HAW)
2013 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
2012 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
2011 – Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
2010 – Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
2009 – Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
2008 – Malia Jones (HAW)
2007 – Tyler Wright (AUS)
2006 – Alana Blanchard (HAW)
2005 – Nikita Robb (ZAF)