• Published:November 3, 2011
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Cam Richards of South Carolina and Tatiana Weston-Webb of Kauai are the 2011 Rip Curl Gromsearch National Final U-16 champs after claiming victories in their respective divisions today.
"I'm so stoked," stated a still-dripping Richards after his last second win. "This has been a great experience and I can't wait to go to Bells!" In addition to his victory, Richards also nabbed the H2O Overdrive Maneuver of the Event for a massive frontside air-reverse in the final, winning $100 in the process.
Held in conjunction with The Rip Curl Pro Search in SF, the GromSearch was held in windy, difficult three- to four-foot surf at Ocean Beach just one day after Kelly Slater secured his 11th ASP World Title at the same break.

Four different divisions were run today with Californian's Kainoa Igarashi taking top honors in Boys 14 & Under and Griffin Colapinto claiming the 12 & Under victory.

Competitors qualified for the finals via Rip Curl GromSearch regional events in Huntington Beach (West Coast), Kewalo's (Hawaii), New Smyrna Beach (Florida) and the Outer Banks (Mid-Atlantic).

In addition to prize money offered for each division, Richards (Boys 16/u) and Weston-Webb Girls (Girls 16/u) will win all-expenses paid trips to Bells Beach, Australia to compete in the GromSearch International Final held in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Past GromSearch winners include 4X ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, Jordy Smith, Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson, Alana Blanchard


Boys 16 and Under Final Results
Cam Richards (South Carolina) 15.93, Colin Moran (California) 15.60, Taylor Clark (California) 12.63, Nic Hdez (California) 2.37

Girls 16 and Under Final Results
Tatiana Weston-Webb (Kaua'i, Hawaii) 16.60, Kulia Doherty (California) 11.97, Mahina Maeda (O'ahu, Hawaii) 11.40, Bailey Nagy (O'ahu, Hawaii) 8.30

Boys 14 and Under Final Results
Kainoa Igarashi (California) 16.46, Jake Marshall (California) 9.57, Josh Moniz (O'ahu, Hawaii) 9.57, Seth Moniz (O'ahu, Hawaii) 5.56

Boys 12 and Under Final Results
Griffin Colapinto (California) 16.87, John Mel (California) 12.16, Noa Mizuno (O'ahu, Hawaii) 11.33, Jake Marshall (California) 11.04

H2O Overdrive Maneuver of the Event: Cam Richards


Surfline's Official Rip Curl Pro Search Forecast, updated: Thursday, November 3rd
--Kevin Wallis

BRIEF OVERVIEW: New NW swell will build through the day on Friday and be strongest in the afternoon, with solidly overhead surf. Those waves fade throughout Saturday, although the morning will still be fairly solid. Our next swell will move in over Sunday afternoon and will be strongest Monday and will be a little smaller than the Friday afternoon swell. Variable onshore wind will prevail over the next few days, although there will be periods of light wind and relatively clean conditions.

FRIDAY 4th: SWELL/SURF: New NW swell builds throughout the day; 4-6'+ faces the morning with 6-8-10'+ surf (faces) through the afternoon. Small SSW swell mixing in the background..
WIND/WEATHER: Light/variable to light onshore wind in the morning with some leftover bump. Building NW flow 10-12kts+ in the afternoon.

SATURDAY 5th: SWELL/SURF: 5-8'+ (faces) NW wind/groundswell mix, strongest in the morning and fading through the day. SW swell building to offer occasional crossed up bowls/peaks. Variable onshore flow through the day.
WIND/WEATHER: NW flow 5-7kts in the morning, switching to SSW/SW over the later afternoon and evening 10-14kts+.

SUNDAY 6th: SWELL/SURF: Smaller leftovers from the NW with small SW swell mixing in for 3-4'+ faces and occasional larger waves in the morning. New NW swell building for the late afternoon with 4-6'+ faces.
WIND/WEATHER: NW flow 4-7kts in the morning, building to 10-12kts+ in the afternoon.

MONDAY 7th: SWELL/SURF: New NW swell continues with 5-8'+ surf, strongest in the morning, if the storm behaves as forecast.
WIND/WEATHER: Light/variable flow in the morning with NW flow 10kts in the afternoon.

TUESDAY 8th: SWELL/SURF: NW swell fading with 4-5'+ surf in the morning and easing through the day.
WIND/WEATHER: Light/variable flow in the morning with light SSW/SW wind for the afternoon 5-8kts.

New NW swell will be on the rise through the day on Friday and will be strongest in the afternoon with solidly overhead surf. Fading, but still good size, swell will be showing Saturday morning, with a fading trend through the day.

Our next swell will begin to fill in over the afternoon on Sunday, with the strongest waves by Monday morning. If this storm behaves as currently forecast it will be a couple notches smaller than the Friday afternoon swell, but will still provide overhead waves.

Variable onshore flow will prevail Friday through Monday, although there will be pockets of fairly light wind and relatively clean conditions. High pressure is currently well off the west coast and a series of storms will slide down the coast over the next several days. Lightest wind will show on Friday, Monday and Tuesday mornings with onshore wind building in the afternoons. We'll be in an unstableweather/wind situation with these storms approaching and passing over the next few days, so we'll likely make refinements to this forecast and we'll also just need to watch things very closely day by day.

Going further out, forecast charts show a stronger storm moving into the coast on Wednesday the 9th, which sets up increasing and strong southerly flow Wednesday ahead of the front. Then onshore NW flow behind the front prevails Thur/Fri with more favorable offshore flow by the last day of the waiting period, Saturday the 13th.

We will also see a medium size NW swell on Thursday afternoon and Friday the 11th-12th, with fading and smaller leftovers by Saturday.

Also note that small, underlying SSW to SW Southern Hemisphere swell will show for the next several days. This swell will generally be well secondary to the more dominant NW swell, but will help to cross things up for occasional peaks and bowls.


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