2015 Rip Curl Grom Search // Freshwater West Wales UK
Ellie Turner Wins both 16s and 14s Divisions at Rip Curl Grom Search Wales
(TOP – Ellie Turner in the Welsh finals photo by Surfing GB)
13th July 2015 – Sunshine, waves and friendly locals welcomed Rip Curl and Surfing GB to the beautiful west Wales coast line, as the 2nd stop of the 2015 Rip Curl Grom Search rolled into Freshwater West on Saturday July 11th.
Part of a global search to find the best young surfers, the UK Grom Search started strongly in June with the Croyde stop and the surf pushed in to welcome us with 2-3ft conditions in Wales, perfect for the young gun hoping to book their place in the European finals.
Strong competitive surfing from all as surfers took full advantage of the abundance of waves available, but it was certainly a day for the importance of wave selection.
With her powerful turns and smooth carving cutties Ellie Turner took the double, claiming the U14 and U16 titles. Ellie has now secured the first ticket to the European Rip Curl Grom Search finals to be held somewhere in Europe later this year. The stage is now set for the Watergate bay showdown in August to see which two boys and one more girl will join her.
The beach presentations saw the respective champions crowned in front of an enthusiastic crowd, and weighed down with prizes including Rip Curl GPS watches, spanking Smith Optics sunnies and a host of other treat.
Surfing Great Britain thanks to everyone who made it such an enjoyable and friendly event.
Words and Photos by Surfing Great Britain
Rip Curl Grom Search Wales Results
Under 16 Girls
1st – Ellie Turner
2nd – Niamh Mathias
3rd – Bethan lewis
4th – Bonita Whitelock
5th – Ffion Hughes
Under 14 Girls
1st – Ellie Turner
2nd – Bonita Whitelock
3rd – Ffion Hughes
Under 12 Girls
1st – Bonita Whitelock