Morning of the Final

Gromsearch comes to Salt Creek

When you’re, say, 14, you don’t have so much to look forward to outside of surfing. Can’t drive. Don’t really get The Office. Grocery store clerks always try to ID you when you go to buy rum. So surfing is really it for you.

That’s why the Rip Curl Gromsearch is so huge, like an American Idol tryout for rippers aged 16 and below. They come from all corners. They’re big and small, but mostly small, some on the verge of fame and others looking to crack that inner circle. They clash. We watch. This is their everything.

After a year of weekend wars all over the country, the Gromsearch Finals are ready to go off this Saturday, November 14 at Salt Creek in Dana Point, CA. Big guns like Koa Smith and Evan Geiselman will enter the ring with relative unknowns from both coasts and Hawaii, looking to snag a sponsor or catch the eye of someone who matters. “Heya kid, I can make ya famous!”

This Saturday, dreams come true. Tune in to the live webcast here at and check back for the full wrap-up.