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NZ Rip Curl Grom Search New Plymouth Results 2015

23rd March 2015


(Top photo Under 14 Girls Finalists. Image thanks to Col /Surf2Surf.com

The Rip Curl Grom Search held at Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth over the weekend may have had a little Australian invasion by the New Zealand surfers held strong. Local champ, Raiha Ensor won the opportunity to represent New Zealand at the International Rip Curl Grom Search final.

Raiha finished the event as runner up in the Under 17 Division in clean but small wave under 1.0m at Fitzroy Beach.  As a result of her performance she will head to Brazil in little over a month to represent New Zealand at the International Rip Curl GromSearch Final.

Raiha finished runner up to Paris Whitaker of Australia who defended her title today.  Whitaker posted an excellent score early in the final and finished with a 12.1 point heat total.  That forced the Kiwi girls to vie for the minor placings with Ensor coming out 0.20 points ahead of Britt Kindred in third and Kea Smith in fourth.

Paris Whittaker  NZ Rip Curl Grom Search 2015 photo : Col / Surf2Surf.com

Paris Whittaker NZ Rip Curl Grom Search 2015 photo : Col / Surf2Surf.com

“I was in second toward the end of the heat but Britt got a good wave in the last two minutes of the final and I wasn’t sure if I held second place until they announced the results at the prize giving” explained Raiha.

“This is so cool.  To have an opportunity to go over to Brazil and represent New Zealand with Kehu will be amazing.  I am going to take Dad with me and I will have more time off school but I can’t wait” added Ensor.

After three consecutive final berths and fourth placings, Georgia Wederell claimed her maiden victory in the Under 14 Girls Division.  Wederell posted a 10.90 point heat total for the win over Gabi Paul, Grace Pevats and Toni Power.

In the Under 12 Divisions it was local Oakura surfer Ariana Shewry that claimed victories. Ariana posted a 10.9 point heat total to beat Ruby Hutchieson (Tara), Kahana Ngaia (Tara) and Maia Ensor (Mnt).

2015 NZ RIP CURL GROM SEARCH FINALS RESULTS

Under 17 Girls Final
1st Paris Whitaker (Aus), 12.1
2nd Raiha Ensor (Mnt), 10.6
3rd Britt Kindred (Muri), 10.4
4th Kea Smith (Arataki), 8.5

Under 14 Girls Final
1st Georgia Wederell (Mnt), 10.9
2nd Gabrielle Paul (Piha), 8.47
3rd Grace Pevats (Whngrei), 6.77
4th Toni Power (Mnt), 4.03

Under 12 Girls Final
1st Ariana Shewry (Tara), 10.9
2nd Ruby Hutchieson (Tara), 10.2
3rd Kahana Ngaia (Tara), 7.17
4th Maia Ensor (Mnt), 2.43, 4

*Entry into the international Rip Curl GromSearch final is for New Zealand citizens only. Please see below for final results from the Rip Curl GromSearch completed at Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth today (Sunday 22nd March).

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Raiha Ensor NZ Rip Curl Grom Search 2015 photo : Col / Surf2Surf.com

Raiha Ensor NZ Rip Curl Grom Search 2015 photo : Col / Surf2Surf.com

 


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