Caroline Marks Unstoppable? Wins Rip Curl Grom Search Florida

Caroline Marks Unstoppable?  Wins Rip Curl Grom Search Florida


(TOP – Caroline Marks with her precision backhand snap // Photo by Rip Curl USA)


10th August 2015 – New Smyrna Beach, FL (August 10th, 2015): The Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Banzai Bowls returned once again to New Smyrna Beach, Florida on the US East Coast.

New Smyrna Inlet provided small but rippable 1-3 foot waves that consistently ran across the peaky sandbars as a record setting 90 grom’s battled for coveted final spots and prize money earning victories. With blazing hot temperatures, a few risky thunderstorms, the odd spinner shark, and a rapidly rising tide that threatened to shut down the beach, everyone was kept on their toes all day long but the surfing talent was what stole the show!

The Girls 16 and Under division was dominated by girl of the moment and last year’s GromSearch National Champion, Caroline Marks. Caroline left all the other girls scrambling for points. She was determined to decent her title and came out successful with runner up going to Rachel Presti, 3rd Emory McClary, 4th Sophie Falzone, 5th Eva Woodland, and 6th Braidyn Cunningham.

With the talent level continuing to rise every year at the GromSearch, surfers are getting hungrier and hungrier to qualify for the National Final. The NSB event saw surfers from Florida, the Carolinas, California, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Barbados, and Costa Rica to make it the most diverse GromSearch event to date.

With the top four finishers from each division qualifying for the RCGS Nationals at Upper Trestles on October 24th, the National champions of the boys and girls 16 & under will both win an all expense paid trip to compete in the RCGS International Final, which will be going on The Search in 2015 to an undisclosed location.


Stop #4 of the USA Rip Curl Grom Search is at Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC August 13th or 14th.




Girls 16 & Under

1. Caroline Marks ($250)
2. Rachel Presti
3. Emory McClary
4. Sophie Falzone
5. Eva Woodland
6. Braidyn Cunningham




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