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Day 2: Rip Curl GromSearch International Final Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Competition at the 2019 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final continued during Day 2 of the event window.
Joining Simmers in the final is wild card, Valeria Ojeda, who fought her way from the local trials to guarantee herself a spot on the prestigious GromSearch International Final podium. “I’m really stoked and grateful this event is here, near where I live, and I got the opportunity to compete in the trials. Yesterday didn’t go so well for me, but I knew I had another chance and I was ready today.”
On the boy’s side of the draw the event saw its first competitors eliminated in Round 2, as all Quarterfinalists are now set. Stand out performances included Taro Watanabe (USA), who secured today’s highest Boy’s heat total (15.50), Sam Reidy representing Costa Rica, Spaniard Adur Amatriain, and a very exciting performance by Alfoso Antunes (PRT).
“I got lucky because there was one wave that came in when Kyllian (Guerin) had priority, it looked like a closeout, but it stayed open and I was able to do an air and make my heat. I’m stoked,” explained Antunes.
All eyes are now focused on the boy’s Quarterfinals, and girl’s Final which are set to commence during tomorrow’s Finals Day. With the field narrowed down to 8 boy’s and 2 girl’s we shall soon see who will be crowned GromSearch International Champions for 2019 and join the storied past Champions list.