The 12th Annual Rip Curl GromSearch South East Asian Finals were decided this year in perfect 4 to 5 foot waves at the famed “Canggu right” at Perenenan Beach, Bali. Champions Rio Waida and Cinta Hansel are now headed for the big time at the international finals to be held overseas at a yet to be released location. Compliments of Rip Curl, they earned the right today to surf against the greatest Groms in the world later this year.
The absolutely perfect, high performance surf inspired the Groms of both divisions to
step up their game in do or die performances, drawing gasps and applause from the crowds on the beach. Not a bad for a group of hot, young surfers that have yet to celebrate their 16th birthdays.
With TainaIzquierdo in a firm lead, Cinta Hansel, in the last five minutes of the heat, caught two waves that would earn her the 2015 Gromsearch Championship. A brave performance and a fine example of the grit that these young competitors have in their hearts. Then it was an all Padma Boys affair for the boys final. Both Rio Waida and Raju Sena, staunch members of the most tight knit surf club in Bali, faced each other in the final.
As it turned out, Rio Waida took the reins of a runaway horse. At not one time in the final heat did Waida falter, immediately combo’ing his fellow club member with a series of high scores. Wave after wave, Rio displayed powerful, deep rail surfing and monster cutbacks, closing out his rides with giant off the lips in the notorious Canggushorebreak. Rio Waida would win the Cool trophy and the overseas trip. These two young surfers proved, in 25 electrifying minutes, that the future of South East Asian competitive surfing is in solid hands. A reserved Rio Waida had little comment on his win. “I am already thinking about the international finals ” He privately said later.
The location for the The Rip Curl Gromsearch International finals will be announced soon. Stay tuned to Rip Curl.com for all the updates and make sure to follow our young Indonesian champions, Rio Waida and Cinta Hansel, as they take on the world.