Mathea Olin competes in the Rip Curl GromSearch International - Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, May 16 - 19, 2019
Anticipation Builds for the 2019 GromSearch International Final
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, USA (Sunday, May 12, 2019):
The 2019 Rip Curl Pro GromSearch International Final is about to kick off for another year, bringing 20 of the best 17-and-under junior surfers from around the globe together to compete in the punchy beach break of Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica, USA.
The International Final is a culmination the Rip Curl GromSearch Series, held regionally around the globe every year. Each regional Series is completed with a Regional Final - the winners of each Regional Finall then have the opportunity to compete in the International Final.
"Each year we choose a new locational for the International Final," says Mark Flanagan, GromSearch Contest Director. "The goal is to provide a platform for grommets to test their skills in different waves around the world, and gain experience in a higher level of competition."
Only a few days out from the start of competition, the forecast for swell is looking solid and Playa Hermosa will be offering up steep sections and challenging barrels that will offer a great platform for each athlete to showcase their versatility and talent in bigger, more powerful surf.
Former GromSearch International Final Champion and QS surfer Leilani McGonagle was born and raised in Costa Rica, and will act as the Event Host. Throughout the waiting period she will make calls on conditions, and will aim to get the competitors into the best surf on offer over the four days.
"I’m really excited to welcome 20 of the world’s best junior surfers to my home," says Leilani. "It’s a beautiful place with some of the best waves in the world, and I think it’s the perfect place for them to get some experience in a serious competition with solid swell.
"I’m also really excited to show them what life is like here in Costa Rica outside of the water. We have such a rich culture and there is so much natural beauty around, it’ll be really fun showing the competitors what Costa Rica is all about!"
The winner of the 2019 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final will be decided this coming week in Costa Rica, and will be succeeding a long list of former Champions who went on to do great things. Former International Final Champions include the likes of WSL Championship Tour competitors Caroline Marks (USA), Brisa Hennessey (CR), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HI), Leonardo Fioravanti (IT), 2x World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA), Owen Wright (AUS), Nikki van Dijk (AUS) and Tyler Wright (AUS).
2019 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final Competitors:
Finn Cox (AUS)
Molly Picklum (AUS)
Sophia Medina (BRA)
Willoughby Snowdon Masterman (UK)
Alys Barton (UK)
Kyllian Guerin (FRA)
Juliette Lacome (FRA)
Afonso Antunes (PT)
Concha Balsemao (PT)
Adur Amatriain Arregui (SPN)
Melania Suarez Diaz (SPN)
Ryuki Waida (INDO)
Jack Lee (NZ)
Brie Bennett (NZ)
Taro Kelly-Slater Watanabe (USA)
Catilin Simmers (USA)
Alyssa Spencer (USA)
Mathea Olin (Canada)
Manny Valentin (PR)
2x Costa Rican wildcards
The 2019 Rip Curl GromSearch International Final will be held from May 16 - 19 in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. Stay tuned for dailyy updates on ripcurl.com.
Mathea Olin & All-Star Cast Invited to Compete in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Trials
On April 14-15, 2019, Trials will be held for 2019 The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and a host of local and international male and female surfers will have the chance to compete for a wildcard spot into the main WSL event.
This year the triallist roster is stacked with big names, with the likes of Matt Wilkinson and Mason Ho competing on the men’s side, and Alana Blanchard on the women’s. Sophia Media, the younger sister of 2x World Champion Gabriel Medina, will also have the chance to compete in the trials event.
Matt Wilkinson, a former champion of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, is looking forward to seeing what the other triallists can put on offer. "Bells is a really special place to me," Wilko says.
"Having won here before was a highlight in my career, and having another chance to compete in the CT event is exciting. I also think it will be really fun to see what a lot of these groms can do. Bells is a great place to test a surfer, between the cold water and the power of the Southern Ocean? so I guess all we can do is hope there’s soome good swell on offer!"
As another former World Tour competitor, Alana Blanchard echoes the same sentiment. "I’ve had a long chunk of time off competition now, and I’m really excited to get back in the water in a jersey," says Alana.
"I’ve started surfing more and more in the last year, and am feeling more comfortable in my ability since having Banks. I’m also looking forward to seeing what the younger girls can do out there! Everyone is so talented? it will be a lot of fun."
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach trials will be held in conjunction with Surfing Victoria’s trials over April 14 ? 15, 2019. At the eend of the two days, two male surfers and one female surfer will earn themselves a spot in the 2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Trials - Women
HT 1: Leilani McGonagle (CR) vs Mathea Olin (CA) vs Sophia Medina (BRA)
HT 2: Alyssa Spencer (USA) vs Kirra-Belle Olsson (AUS) vs Molly Picklum (AUS)
HT 3: Kobie Enright (AUS) vs Alana Blanchard (USA) vs Bella Wilson (AUS)
2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Trials - Men
HT 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs Mason Ho (HI) vs Xavier Huxtable (AUS)
HT 2: Jacob Willcox (AUS) vs Jackson Baker (AUS) vs Sheldon Paishon (USA)
HT 3: Matthew McGillivray (SA) vs Morgan Cibilic (AUS) vs Crosby Colapinto (USA)
Mathea Olin at A community / VIMF Festival 'She Summits' - North Van, April 5-7, 2019
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival has joined forces with She Summits to put on a rad 3-day event from April 5-7 featuring guest speakers Lynn Hill, the first person in the world to free climb the Nose in Yosemite, Mathea Olin, one of the world's best female surfers (and she's only 16!), and Bryanna Bradley, an incredibly talented female-focused surf photographer. Join us for what is sure to be an empowering, interactive and thought-provoking weekend.
3 Days. 8 Events. 3 Speakers. 9 Films. 1 Panel discussion with world-class athletes. 2 Events to cultivate environmental stewards. 5 Events that connect and empower through movement. Rad vibes.
Surf Canada and Rip Curl announced a historic partnership
VANCOUVER, BC (Jan. 14, 2019) – Surf Canada and Rip Curl announced a historic partnership, with Rip Curl becoming the official wetsuit & apparel partner of Surf Canada and title sponsor for Surf Canada Nationals.
"Rip Curl is proud to partner with Surf Canada. As a brand we have a long history in supporting Canadian surfing from both a grassroots and professional level. Looking forward to the 2020 Olympics we feel the best way to continue that is to provide Canadian athletes with a strong platform to perform on the world stage by supporting the National program" said Nick Russell, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Rip Curl Canada.
Canadian Surfing is currently experiencing an all time high, with incredibly strong showings at recent International events, such as the Pan Am Surfing Games where the team picked up a 6th place finish, a mere 40 points behind the USA. This result backed up Tofino’s Mathea Olin winning Canada’s first ever medals at an International Surfing event (Gold in Women’s longboard and Bronze in Shortboard) at the same event last year. Team Canada plans to ride this momentum all the way to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.
"I’m blown away by the support received by the team at Rip Curl. They create a family-like atmosphere and are incredibly dedicated to supporting Canadian Surfing. Their partnership with Surf Canada further demonstrates their commitment and care for advancing the sport and I couldn’t be more honored to ride for Canada and Rip Curl," stated Mathea Olin, professional surfer and national team athlete.
As Surf Canada’s official competitive apparel partner, Rip Curl will support national team athletes with their high-performance surfing apparel, wetsuits and watches. Rip Curl will also become the title sponsor of the Surf Canada Nationals, the country’s marquee surfing event, held at Wickaninnish Beach in Ucluelet, British Columbia.
"Canadian Surfing has come a long way in the past 12 years of partnership with Rip Curl, and by extending that through this Olympic cycle we will continue to combine our shared core set of beliefs of developing a culture of excellence," said Dom Domic, Executive Director of Surf Canada. "By building on those previous successes we are incredibly excited to further showcase the very best of Canadian Surfing to the World."
Founded in 1969, Rip Curl has consistently been an industry leader in design and technology and the standard for premium surfing apparel. Rip Curl has also been a long supporter of competitive surfing in Canada. Having produced the legendary Rip Curl Pro Tofino for the past 12 years, allowing Canada’s top surfers to sharpen their competitive skills.
The partnership between Rip Curl and Surf Canada provides Canadian Surfing with a great opportunity to reach the next level.
RIP CURL – The Ultimate Surfing Company Rip Curl is a company for, and about, the Crew on The Search. The products we make, the events we run, the riders we support and the people we reach globally are all part of the Search that Rip Curl is on.
ABOUT SURF CANADA Surf Canada is the official National Sporting Federation (NGF) and sport partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) who in turn is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) governing federation. As such, Surf Canada is solely responsible for selecting Surf, Adaptive, Stand-Up Paddle, and Prone Paddle athletes to compete at international events including the yearly ISA World Championships, PASA Pan Am Surf Championships and every four years the Pan American Games and the Summer Olympics Games
The Seawolf by Ben Gulliver available on iTunes today
Pete Devries | Noah Cohen | Balaram Stack | Cam Richards | Noah Wegrich | Chippa Wilson
The Seawolf is the latest from awarded filmmaker Ben Gulliver, who follows seven professional surfers on a two-year, jaw-dropping, cinematic journey in search of remote, frigid waves. This cold-water surf film documents the best of the best as the navigate icy waters in Norway, Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and The Faroe Islands. For decades, the search of new and isolated waves has been inspiring surfers and filmmakers alike. With the progression of wetsuit technology and the desire to go further, the possibilities of triumph in visual cinematics and surf are exceeded with The Seawolf. The glacial water and sweeping blizzards provide the ultimate backdrop for high performance surfing. The drive to find untapped waters, results in an epic look at surfing through a traditional lens in unfamiliar territory. Set to the an original soundtrack by Ben Gulliver (Director) and Greg Bevis (Bear Mountain), the jazz, hip-hop and electronic inspired mix follows the high intensity crew, as they travel across the world.
Ocean Rodeo is proud to announce its national supplier partnership with Surf Canada and their Safety Teams.
Surf Canada has taken great steps in recognizing athlete safety and comfort by partnering with Ocean Rodeo. Supplying top of the line drysuits to Surf Canada safety crews is paramount to supporting our athletes as they continue to train their way to the podium in 2020. Surf Canada and Ocean Rodeo realise that Canadian Waters are untamed, cold, and when underestimated a dangerous venture that athletes fearlessly go into everyday.
Ocean Rodeo, a Canadian manufacturer of technical marine drysuits, is familiar with the needs of safety and surf rescue teams across the globe, and is thrilled to be supporting our athletes in their quest for gold. Surf Canada’s commitment to the sport, it’s participants, and their national pride, made this partnership a natural fit for both sides.
Surf Canada’s safety teams will be wearing technical marine apparel developed by Ocean Rodeo. A unique hybrid of foul weather gear and drysuits who have been able to innovate, revolutionise and develop drysuits that have created the perfect combination of comfort with function. Having a design team at Ocean Rodeo that are all avid surfers and SUPers means that Surf Canada safety crews will have the utmost confidence knowing the years of experience that have gone into the suit designs.
Richard Myerscough, CEO Ocean Rodeo had this to say:
"At Ocean Rodeo we know first hand the massive commitment it takes to succeed at the Olympics. By providing the highest level of cold water protection and comfort to the coaches and safety teams we hope this competitive edge in comfort will let our athletes train hard, maximizing all training and competition opportunities at home and abroad. Go Canada!"
Dom Domic, President of Surf Canada had this to say:
"Surf Canada and its athletes are very proud to partner with Ocean Rodeo who is globally acknowledged as best-in-class, and as a Canadian Island-based company that shares the same principles and values as Surf Canada for its commitment to excellence in and out of the water, we truly look forward to working together as Canadian surfers go for gold."
The Wave Hunt is back with its 10th edition! Come and be part of this awesome tradition! Do not be afraid to enter, this is not a competitive event, it's open to all ages and surfcrafts:) There will be food and beverages for all who bring their reusables.
Competition: Saturday, March 3rd 2018 heats starting at 8 am
CATEGORIES: women, men, masters (40+) groms (16 and under), SUP, ride anything but a surfboard class! (Mixed heats)
LOCATION: Competition will be at China Beach reef, park in the campground parking lot.
MORE INFO: This is a trash free event, so please bring your own mug, bowl/plate and spoon for free food! New this year, we will have the awards on the beach!
REGISTRATION FEES:: $25 for 2018 Surfrider members, $50 for non-members. Includes a one years Surfrider membership, Surfrider Swag, free food and prizes! Maximum of 55 contestants.
- Please note that registration is a $25 donation to our Chapter.
Once we receive your payment, we will email you the Wave Hunt Registration form with further details.
Nelscott Reef Big Wave Pro/Am Lincoln City, Oregon
one-day between Oct 1st and Mar 31st
On the biggest days of the season, Nelscott Reef breaks about a mile offshore from Canyon Drive Park , in Lincoln City, Oregon. The massive open ocean swells become generated during the winter months. These Swells come primarily from the northwest and westward direction.
these storms produce wave heights in the 30'-50' range once they hit the outer reef. With some occasional crazy swells maxing out in the 60'-70' range.
Nelscott Reef Big Wave Pro/Am is a one-day, annual event that is held between October 1st and March 31st. The event is called on a 3 days notice in order to guarantee pristine conditions. SURFLINE is the official surf forecaster and they will be working very closely with the organizers to guarantee the best day for the event.
10 Barrel Brewing's Nelscott Reef Pro/Am Introduces Selection Process for Alternates
Wildcards Also Announced
LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, October 10th, 2017, Due to
overwhelming demand, 10 Barrel Brewing's Nelscott Reef Pro/Am
announces a new selection process for all alternate slots for the
Organizers have decided to take a different approach to choosing
alternates for this year. Alternates will be chosen by a public voting
system, which will be open for 7 days, to mark the opening of the
holding period for the big wave season in Oregon.
“There was a higher than anticipated demand for competing in
this year's Nelscott Pro/Am", said event organizer, Gabe Smith. “We
were, and still are, getting calls daily from people that want in. So, we
decided to bring the community in to help make the decision for us,
which I think is a first for the Big Wave community".
Organizers looked at several different approaches to choose from
the over 40 athletes that are vying for a chance to get into the
contest, and after a suggestion from the teenage son of Safety
Director, Eric Akiskalian, decided on an approach that relies strictly on
community input. Voting will be done through the event website
nelscottsurf.com, and will be open for 7 days. During that time, the
athletes that collect the most likes will earn their spot on the list.
There will be 15 alternate slots that will go to the most liked athletes
on the website. Ranking will align with the total number of votes.
10 Barrel Brewing's 2017 Nelscott Reef Pro Am
Voting will start at 12:01AM on October 15th, and will end 7 days
later, at midnight on October 21st via the event website at
In addition to the voting system, organizers are excited to
announce 4 Wildcard slots. These go to Nelscott veterans, Peter Mel
and Garrett McNamara, Mavericks charger, Ben Andrews, and
Oregon up and comer Tyler Muth.
» Update:SUP National Team Selection Contest - CSA sanctioned event may run Hey everyone!
These guys are putting something together for a SUP National Team Selection Contest, with dates remaining Oct 21 and 22 (District Permit Approval Pending).
For those of you still stoked to come compete, keep training and don't change your plans.
If you want to be involved and compete, please contact Jacob or Dan or stay posted for updates via the CSA Surf Canada Facebook Page. They will keep everyone updated as they move forward.
Feel free to get in touch with any questions.
2017 Tofino Paddle & Surf Championships cancelled
We want to express our absolute gratitude for all the support for our event in the years past. So many good times would not have been possible without you all.
The championships has been a fun way for the SUP and surf community to get together and have a good time and meant as a way to help support our Canadian athletes to get out on the international scene and compete for Canada. The contest quickly went from a conversation on the beach to a full blown first year with over 70+ competitors and a whack of support from sponsors. It was the first time we had tried organizing something of this scale and have been stoked and proud of the results.
Unfortunately, we have had an overwhelming summer that's left us feeling that we cannot commit to producing a contest at the caliber we would like. As the scope of the contest has grown so has our business and our families. This has created a lot of busy days in our life and left less time in the surf or hanging with our kids. We are choosing to simplify our pursuits and passions. We trust that feeling of 'being spread to thin' is nothing new to you all and we've had to choose to simplify this year with the hopes of more time for family, awesome friends and surfing:)
We are so appreciative of all the support we have received over the last years from everyone, competitions, sponsors, volunteers and the community. The event would never have been possible with out it. Thanks again for all.
Canadian Junior Surf Team Film Fest and Fundraiser
Tofino Aug 30, 2017
Canadian Surfing Association Surf Canada Parking Lot Film Fest and Fundraiser is ON! Aug 30th, BBQ from 6 - films from 8. Lets get this done and support the Canadian Junior Surf Team. Canada's surfing future!
ANY mini - groms and future Canadian Junior Surf Team members that would like to be part of the event and help out - it would be great to have you! email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Join us for the 8th annual Queen of the Peak - Women's Surf Championships in Tofino, Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2017 presented by Billabong. Shortboarders, longboarders and Princess's (girls 16 and under). Entries for shortboard and longboard include a welcome reception at Shelter Restaurant
Registration opens September 4th online or call Surf Sister 250-725-4456 after the 4th.