Cam Richards takes first at North America GromSearch

Local surfer Cam Richards has won the Rip Curl Pro National GromSearch at Ocean Beach in San Francisco today. Held in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro Search, the contest pits regional qualifiers in a showdown that sends the winner on to Bells Beach, Australia next year for the International GromSearch finals.

In the final contest of the day, weather began to deteriorate during the Boys Under 16 Final of Rip Curl’s GromSearch 2011 and  increasing winds and rain made it nearly impossible for the boys to hear their scores. It’s unlikely that Cam knew if he was winning or dead last. But in the end, Cam was able to pull off the last minute scores to take the cash, and the trip.

Starting a slow heat Cam got a 5 point wave with turns before a good front-side air reverse netted him a one maneuver 9.20. That wave would get him $500 for the single best maneuver of the GromSearch contest. “I was just trying to go for it the whole contest, looking for an air section” said Richards during the awards presentation. Colin Moran from California placed 2nd to Cam and actually led the heat with one minute remaining. In that final minute, Cam found another air reverse that gave him a high 6 point wave. Pulling the best two wave scores of the heat, his combined score of 15.93 would be more than Colin’s two high 7 point waves (15.60) by less than a single point.

Rip Curl’s GromSearch has been regarded as the future of pro surfing, with past winners now competing on the ASP world tour include Jordy Smith, Owen Wright, 3X ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, and 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

 

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