News Release

9 July 2024

Rip Curl and Zigzag Magazine To Send GromSearch U16 Winners To Finals In Indonesia 

Rip Curl South Africa is pleased to announce a partnership with Zigzag Surfing Magazine to send the series winners in the premier Boys U16 and Girls U16 divisions of the 2024 Rip Curl GromSearch Series to the GromSearch International Finals. Sea Harvest and the Royal St Andrews Hotel in Port Alfred are co-sponsors.

This contest will be held in Indonesia in November of this year. Details of the exact location and dates will follow. 

These two surfers will each win coveted entries into these finals and a R20k travel voucher to be used towards their travel arrangements to and from this event.

On arrival in Indonesia, Rip Curl will host these two surfers at the Rip Curl GromSearch International Finals.

“We are thrilled to be sending the two top U16 surfers from the 2024 Rip Curl GromSearch series to the international finals with support from Zigzag Magazine,” says Rip Curl South Africa CEO Stuart Daykin. “There is much anticipation for this event, and we can’t wait to see our surfers in action on the international stage.”

Rip Curl GromSearch international finals Indonesia – location and date to be announced soon

“We are stoked to partner with Rip Curl and send two surfers to the international finals in Indonesia,” said Zigzag Magazine editor Jazz Kuschke.

“It’s always good to partner with brands that are supporting junior surfing in South Africa, and right now, the Rip Curl GromSearch is the best series for our younger surfers to get valuable competitive surfing experience, size up the world of professional surfing and understand what they need to do and how to do it to succeed in the sport.”

The Rip Curl GromSearch Series events in South Africa are all SURFING SOUTH AFRICA events and will select its winners based on the top four out of five contests. If a winner cannot attend the International Finals, the entry slot and travel voucher will be passed on to the next surfer on the Rip Curl South Africa GromSearch ratings list.

“Surfing South Africa is stoked that Rip Curl will be rewarding the U16 male and female winners of the 2024 Rip Curl Gromsearch Series with slots in the International finals in Indonesia in November,” said Surfing South Africa General Manager Robin De Kock.

“The partnership between Rip Curl and SSA has both ensured the growth of and increased the quality of South Africa’s junior surfers over the last three years, and it is only fitting that the best U16 South Africans will get an opportunity to compete in the International Rip Curl event.

SSA is grateful to Rip Curl and partners, Sea Harvest, the Royal St Andrews Hotel in Port Alfred, and Zigzag Magazine for making this a reality.”


The next Rip Curl GromSearch, event number four, will take place at Dairy Beach from July 12 to 14. Entries are open here.

About Surfing South Africa

Surfing South Africa is the official National Federation for Surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and is recognised as the governing body by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

Surfing South Africa is responsible for the development of the sport, the hosting of National tournaments, the sanctioning of International events and the selection of National teams in all the disciplines that are part of SSA. SSA is a member of the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for the sport.