Oct 30, 2022

Westen Hirst And Kayla Tani Win 2022 Rip Curl GromSearch

Presented By Samudera Indonesia

Hundreds of ripping young surfers from around the nation, this weekend, 29-30 October, competed in the 17th annual Rip Curl GromSearch. Competing in an exciting, safe and friendly competitive environment, the best Indonesian surfers put their skills to the test against some red hot travelling competitors in all divisions, including Under 16’s, Under 14’s and under 10’s.

Known for its consistent waves, Halfway Kuta Beach offered competitors the perfect canvas to show their best skills with 3 to 4 foot high long waves. The famous Halfway Kuta Beach is visited by both local and foreign surfers. This beach is one of the best surf spots in Bali because it has two surfing spots, fat waves, and long swells.

“Feels so good to bring the GromSearch back to Kuta Beach Halfway after a 2 year break. This event has always been about providing a unique opportunity for kids to have a go at competing. Seeing more than 150 surfers across six divisions turn out this weekend proves the future of Indonesian surfing is very bright. Big thanks to all the surfers and families who came down this weekend, and a special shoutout to HalfWay Kuta Boardriders and all the sponsors for making it possible.” Said James Hendy, President Director of Rip Curl Indonesia.

Westen Hirst from Under 16 division put on a show scoring 12,57 points in the final.

“I’m really stoked to win the Under 16, the waves were super fun. I didn’t have any strategy but to have fun. Thank you so much to my sponsor and all my supporters!”, said Westen after claiming his winning againts his rivals Teddy Bille (12,00), Luki Haryanto (8,90) and Philip Duke (8,43).

On the Under 16 girls division, Kayla Tani’s outstanding performance saw her cruise by the field to finish 1st place with a score of 11,60, followed by Georgie May (9,17), Wayan Meli (8,60), Sang Ayu (5,43) and Chanah Weber (3,17).

“I’m feeling pretty excited and happy. I’m glad I got to surf some fun waves and put together such a good heat! ”, said Kayla Tani.

Young free surfer Dylan Wilcoxen took the best overall performance during the contest and booked his Under 14 podium after his last wave scored an 8,50 making his total heat of 16,00.

“I feel so good and I’m so stoked with my final heat. I got lucky with that last wave. Thanks to my sponsor Rip Curl and my parents for supporting me”, said Dylan who was followed by Aditya Somiya (13,76), Made Balon (11,34) and Kalani Ryan (6,00).

Ziggy Mackenzie (13,67) claimed her winning on Girls Under 14 after she scored the highest total heat of all girls’ division with her last wave of 7,50.

“It was a bit of stressful day but I’m so glad that this was the come out and I’m super stoked to be representing Rip Curl and surfing in this amazing comp” said Ziggy, who surfed against Lidia Kato (6,60), Marshanda Nikijuluw (5,43), and Sonia Paris (4,90) in the final.

In the Under 10 boys division, Darma Wisesa took the podium with his total heat of 11,43 ripping alongside Kadek Dafa (7,00), Agus Jho (6,80) and Shia Jabrik (5,30). Meanwhile Wayan Malana took Under 10 girls division win with her total heat of 9,00 followed by Tasia Belyaeva (6,26), Fiona Alexandra Fuante (5,57) and Monster Chong (5,26).

“Finals day went good with such perfect condition. We’ve seen so many talented young surfers especially Boys Under 14 who will strongly move forward to more international competition. Well done to all competitors and hoping to see more of Rip Curl GromSearch findings in the future”, said Head Judges, Wayan Pica.

Rip Curl is looking for young and fresh talents to build the next generation of upcoming surfers. So... Let the Grommets rock!

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BOYS DIVISION - RESULT

Final

Heat 1

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
WESTEN HIRSTRed12.571
PHILIP DUKEWhite8.434
TEDDY BILLEYellow12.002
LUKI HARYANTO Blue8.903

Semifinals

Heat 1

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
WESTEN HIRSTRed16.671
TEDDY BILLEWhite14.172
LUKE SMITHYellow5.303
DWI PUTRAWAN Blue3.834

Heat 2

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
NINE NATTHAKORNRed6.234
LUKI HARYANTO White10.662
PHILIP DUKEYellow11.671
KAHEA DESANTISBlue8.233

Quarterfinals

Heat 1

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
I GEDE SURYA PUTRA ADITYARed7.043
WESTEN HIRSTWhite11.371
RENDRA NATAR JOSEPH ATTARDYellow7.034
LUKE SMITHBlue8.472

Heat 2

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
NATRI JARIYAWATANAWIJITRed4.003
TEDDY BILLEWhite10.371
DWI PUTRAWAN Yellow9.932

Heat 3

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
KAHEA DESANTISRed7.332
JULIEN SPACCAROTELLA White4.304
ARYAN VALLEJOYellow6.173
LUKI HARYANTO Blue12.671

Heat 4

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
PHILIP DUKERed10.142
DYLAN FACHADASWhite4.303
NINE NATTHAKORNYellow10.331
RIDWAN ARDIANSAHBlue2.474

Round 1

Heat 1

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
I GEDE SURYA PUTRA ADITYARed10.20
1
RENDRA NATAR JOSEPH ATTARDWhite9.43
2
MARIO DISTAINYellow7.23
3
DAAN VAN ROOIJENBlue5.10
4

Heat 2

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
WESTEN HIRSTRed12.34
1
KETUT EZELL ADINATAWhite4.43
3
LUKE SMITHYellow5.24
2
ALEX. G.Blue-
-

Heat 3

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
JUNA WIJAYARed-
-
TEDDY BILLEWhite9.33
1
DWI PUTRAWANYellow8.50
2
K. ANGGASTYA MAHENDRA P.Blue3.94
3

Heat 4

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
NATRI JARIYAWATANAWIJITRed1.00
1
KAVI SUGIHARTOWhite-
-
OKTA ARYAYellow-
-
WAYAN PUTRA YUDHIBlue-
-

Heat 5

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
JACK HORANRed3.13
4
FRANCO TIRTOPRODJOWhite4.33
3
ARYAN VALLEJOYellow6.94
2
KAHEA DESANTISBlue10.43
1

Heat 6

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
ALFARed-
-
LUKI HARYANTOWhite0.50
2
JULIEN SPACCAROTELLAYellow3.17
1
JOAQUIN AT THARIQ R. R.
Blue-
-

Heat 7

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
DYLAN FACHADASRed7.16
1
RIDWAN ARDIANSAHWhite3.67
2
HELIO NALENDRAYellow2.90
3
MOH ABDUL SAFIIBlue-
-

Heat 8

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
PHILIP DUKERed10.33
1
I MADE JULIO AKASA R.White5.50
3
NINE NATTHAKORNYellow7.67
2
VENBlue4.86
4

GIRLS DIVISION RESULT

FINAL

NameColorHeat TotalPos.
WAYAN MELI SUTORed8.60
GEORGIE-MAY HICKSWhite9.17
2
CHANAH WEBERYellow3.17
5
SANG AYU PUTU ANASTASYA MEGA DEWIBlue5.43
4
KAYLA TANI MARTINGreen 11.60