Rip Curl GromSearch 2012 runs at Cronulla beach in Sydney September 29th - Oct 2nd. This event is the first in a 4 stop Australia wide series with the winners of the 16 and under division at each stop earning a place in the GromSearch National final. Success in the national final offers the chance to head to Bells Beach in Easter 2013 for the International GromSearch final, held as part of the Rip Curl Pro. In the U 12's we have Eli Carr and Mikey McDonagh. Zac Wightman, Zak Condon and Luke Condon are in the U 14's and Jake Snellgrove is in the U 16's. Good luck groms.

Update Sept 29th
The event kicked of today in fun rights at Sandshoes. Zac and Luke both had wins, Jake had a 2nd and Zak came 3rd.

Update Sept 30th
Mikey had a win today and Eli came 2nd in the U 12's.

Update Oct 1st
In the U 14's at Wanda today Zac and Luke both progressed into the quarters. Zak Condon came 2nd but did not not qualify for the quarters. Zac Wightman also won the five:am Expression session. Jake secured a 2nd in round 2 of the U 16's but fell just short of the quarters. In the U 12's Mikey and Eli both had wins and moved into the quarters.

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Update Oct 2nd
Congratulations to Mikey McDonagh winner of U 12's at 2012 RipCurl Gromsearch. In his quarter-final he threw down a solid display of powerful and stylish forehand snaps to score a 9.17 and combo his other opponents. He continued to gain momentum through the semis and into the final where he met a red-hot Keanu Miller. In the final, Mikey bashed out some lightening fast combinations and giant turns to take the top spot on the dais.
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In the U 14's Zac W made the semis and finished 7th while Piggy Condon was knocked in the quarters. In the U 12's Eli couldn't get past the quarters but for a grom only just starting to surf the bigger events it's a great result - well done Eli.

Quiksilver Pro France, stop No. 7 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour runs Sept 28th - Oct 8th at Hossegor’s La Graviere, France. Owen Wright surfs Ht 9 vs Michel Bourez and Matt Wilkinson. Adam Melling surfs Ht 10 vs Jordy Smith and Heitor Alves. Mikey Wright will be there for the King of the Groms .Good luck fellas.
Update Sept 28th
Owen couldn't quite fit his Avatar rig into the small pits in the diminishing swell today and will surf in round 2. Young Michael fully smashed it in round 1 of the KOTG. Mikey had a comfortable heat win and the highest heat total of the day . Love ya work Grom 

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Update Sept 29th

Update Sept 30th
A bad day at the office for Mello today. He surfs next in round 2 vs J Dub. Mikey smashed it again and is into the quarters of KOTG.

Update Oct 1st
Mikey was dominant in the quarters and semis, cruising into the final.

Update Oct 2nd
Owen had a buzzer beater win in round 2 but never looked in doubt in the heaving French beachies. Mello was sent out in a twilight heat and despite charging the biggest pits couldn't find the scores to progress. Mikey dominated his KOTG final and is now the KOTG International champ. Congratulations Mikey.

Update Oct 4th
Owen had a comfortable win in round 3 with Freddie P. In the non elim round 4 he couldn't find a back up and moved into round 5. Unfortunately the same thing happened against Medina where Owen had an 8.00 but no back up. Owen finished the event in 9th.
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BL's Blast Off 2012 Presented by Hurley ran Sept 25th - 27th at Whale Beach, Sydney. After 3 rounds in a variety of conditions Jack Murray and Mikey McDonagh made the finals , finishing 4th and 5th respectively in the U12's. Congratulations groms.
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Surfing NSW

Surfcoach Junior Kirra Teams Challenge 2012 ran at D'Bah on Sat Sept 15th in fun 2' - 3' peaks. The Le-Ba junior team of Tom Snellgrove, Sam Morgan, Mikey Wright, Jake Snellgrove, Zac Wightman and Luke Condon were in contention to win for nearly the entire event and finished the day in 5th. That's 3 years in a row finishing in the top 5 from 22 of Australia's strongest clubs. Well done groms.

Hurley Pro at Trestles will run from September 16th – 22nd and is forecast to receive a solid south swell . Adam Melling will surf Ht 10 vs Julian Wilson and Ace Buchan. Owen Wright surfs in Ht 7 vs Miguel Pupo and Yadin Nicol. Good luck fellas.

 Update Sept 17th
 Mello and Owen both had great heats today posting plenty of massive scores but both fell short of the win and will surf in round 2. Owen takes on Taylor Knox in Ht 3 and Mello surfs in Ht 8 vs Damo Hobgood.

Update Sept 18th
Mello had an incredible win in the heat of the day in round 2. He opened up with a blistering forehand attack to get a 9.73, the highest of the day. Damo was sitting on a 8.43 with no back up but smashed one to take the lead in the final minute. Mello needed a 7.40 and took off with 1 second to go on a right that he shredded to the beach nailing a 7.50. Epic Iceman.
 “I thought there were going to be waves in that heat but there was so much waiting and trying to scrap into those little ones. I knew I had to turn it on against Damien . I’m just so glad that wave came through in that last 10 seconds.”
 “I have to turn it on in this event. Every heat is different and I’m here just surfing every wave and I want to have fun out there because it’s such a rippable wave.”
 No luck for Owen eliminated in his round 2 clash.
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Update Sept 20th
Mello was ripping again today and had Taj on the ropes until the last minute when TB just scraped through.
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SATA Airlines Azores Pro ASP 6-Star runs September 4th - 9th in Sao Miguel, Azores Islands. Stu Kennedy will be there chasing valuable ratings points starting in the round of 96. Good luck mate.

Update Sept 6th
Stu scored one of the highest heat totals of the day and started building momentum for the rest of the event.
 “I didn’t really have much of a plan. I haven’t really made that many heats in this leg and, going back to Newquay that was my best result and I kept busy in every heat and that worked for me, so maybe not thinking too much and let my surfing do it all. The waves have a few bumps and lumps through them and because this board is epoxy you can get bounced off pretty easily so you got to get your timing perfect and give it your best !”
 “I’ve been hanging out with Nathan Hedge, he’s been through a lot and has been able to stay positive and we’re working off each other’s energy, that seems to be working in some of the events, not always but hopefully this one will be mine ! After that I’ll probably come to the last event in Lanzarote cause I think a lot of people aren’t coming if they feel they’re not qualifying, but you gotta stay positive as I said, you can still move up the ratings, it only takes one really good result to move up, why not give it a crack when you can !!”

Update Sept 7th
No luck for Stu today , eliminated in the round of 48

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