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EQ partners with Rip Curl GromSearch 2016

Event, Surf | 2016-02-08 11:10:43

EQ partners with Rip Curl GromSearch 2016

EQ renews its partnership with Rip Curl


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EQ renews its partnership with major under 16 groms contest for the second year in a row. After following the 2015 tour, EQ will keep protecting all generations throughout Europe in 2016, thanks to the 100% fun and natural tinted sticks being all the rage for kids.


What is the GROMSEARCH?


The Rip Curl GromSearch started in Australia in 1999, offering young surfers under the age of 16 (girls and boys) the chance to show off their talents in a friendly and relaxed competition.

Now in Europe, the GromSearch circuit has revealed some amazing talents in Europe over several years, such as Leonardo Fioravanti (Italy), Francisco Alves (Portugal), Thessa Thyssen (French West Indies), and Tim Bisso (French West Indies).

During each edition, Rip Curl invites the under-16 winners from each country to the European Grand Finale, held… somewhere… The location of the finals is only revealed at the last minute on a world class wave and is determined according to the best swell and weather conditions, in the purest spirit of the Search.
The GromSearch has allowed surfing stars such as Stephanie Gilmore, Matt Wilkinson, Gabriel Medina, Sally Fitzgibbons, Alana Blanchard, and Tyler Wright to make a name for themselves. 50% of winners are currently on the World Tour… Who will be next on the list?

The 2015 GromSearch season’s Grand Finale will take place … On Sal Island in Cape Verde, from February 12th to 19th! Rip Curl will follow this up with the kick-off for the 2016 circuit at the end of February, for the first time in Martinique.

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The 2015 GromSearch finals will take place at Ponta Preta beach in Cape Verde. In an effort to provide the best possible conditions for the 18 participants (11 boys and 8 girls), Rip Curl has chosen the famous right-hander at Ponta Preta beach on Sal Island to host the European finals with its partners (EQ, Smith, FCS/Gorilla), the Rip Curl shop and local institutions.


“As we’re relaunching The Search campaign, it was an obvious decision for Rip Curl to head for an unusual and exciting destination for the 18 best European surfers under 16,” explains Jean-Seb Estienne, Marketing Manager for Rip Curl Europe. “It’s part of our strategy of offering surfers the best conditions possible during our events.”


The stakes are high: qualification for the International Final in Hawaii (Ala Moana Bowls) in May 2016. This major event for young international talents has already produced great champions such as Tim Bisso, Pauline Ado, Gabriel Medina, Alana Blanchard, Jordy Smith, Samuel Pupo, and many others.


For the European finals, there are young surfers from France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the UK and a guest from Morocco:

Mathis Crozon, Fr; Felix Moreau, Fr; Juliette Brice, Fr; Lisa Girardet, Fr; Patrick Langdon-Dark, UK; Leo Reeves, UK; Niamh Mathias, UK; Ellie Turner, UK; Dylan Groen, Pt; Joao Moreira, Pt; Teresa Bonvalot, Pt; Ines Bispo, Pt; Ruben Vitoria, Sp; Asier Iriondo, Sp; Isabel Gundin, Sp; Nadia Erostarbe, Sp; Mattia Migliorini, Ita ; Bouaouda Boubker (Maroc).




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2016 RIP CURL GROMSEARCH


The 2016 Rip Curl European GromSearch starts with a new event in Martinique on February 27th!

The 2016 edition will welcome 1,500 young surfers under 16 to 13 different competitions in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the UK, and even Holland…

COME AND TRY OUT THE BEST GEAR IN THE WORLD, AND MEET THE STARS OF SURFING!

Alongside the show happening on the water, each stage will involve plenty of fun on the beach. At the event in Anglet, for example, you can meet our team riders like, Pauline Ado, Tim Bisso or Vincent Duvignac, or take advantage of the free “test center” to discover and try out the most advanced Rip Curl products: wetsuits, Mirage boardshorts, surfboards, etc. Smith will reward the best wave of the competition and FCS will be giving away many prizes.

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN AND PROTECT YOUR PLAY AREA WITH EQ

EQ combines technology, innovation and well-being with products designed for surfers, with the environment in mind. We know how essential sunscreens are when playing sports, but they can have a devastating effect on ocean and reef ecosystems. The EQ sun care range addresses this problem with formulas that do not harm coral and the marine environment. The young EQ team rider Kyllian Guérin is also sponsored by Rip Curl.
EQ will be present at the 2016 GromSearch village with some sun care, testing, a 100% fun photobooth, ear plugs or yoga mats

2016 GROMSEARCH PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE OF EUROPEAN EVENTS

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Martinique (Tartane), 2/27-28 (2 days)

Italy (Levanto), 2/27 to 3/27 (waiting period)

Spain (Cadiz) 2/27 to 4/3 (waiting period)

Holland (Scheveningen) April/May 2016, waiting period from 4/16 to 5/15 (30 days)

Spain (Gijón) May 2016, 4/30 to 5/8

France (Capbreton) 5/28-29 or 6/4-5

UK (Croyde) – 6/18-19

Portugal (Peniche) July 2016, waiting period from 6/29 to 7/3

France (Anglet) July 2016, waiting period from 7/9 to 7/15

UK (Newquay) 6/20-21

Spain (Los Locos) September 2016, 9/10-11 (2 days) or 9/17-18

France (Brittany) 8/27-28 or 9/3-4

European Finals 10/30 to 11/6 in Galicia





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