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The search continues for the Australia’s next top grommet, with international surf wear company Rip Curl in association with Surfing Australia announcing its 2010 Rip Curl Grom Search series event schedule today.

The grom search series, which has been circulating the country since 1999, gives surfers aged 16 and under the opportunity to showcase their talent in a fun, competitive environment.

Each of Australia’s surfing states score a spot on the series calendar, with event dates predominately coinciding with school holidays to ensure grommets get a chance to surf an event in their own backyard.

Rip Curl’s International Events Manager Scott Hargreaves said, "The series provides a fun environment for kids, while also giving them a taste of what competitive surfing feels like.

The 2010 grom search, which will kick off in Jan Juc, Victoria in September with event no.1 of a seven stop national series, will again make use of a unique, national ratings system that gives competitors the opportunity to gauge their level of surfing against other surfers on a national scale.

Individual event champions in the 16's division from each of the seven events earn an invitation to compete in the national final, which is held during the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach over Easter. The male and female champions of the national finals are then invited to represent Australia in the international final.

The series has seen some amazing talent over the years, with the past champions list including reigning and three-time ASP Women’s World champion Stephanie Gilmore, world no.3 Jordy Smith and World Tour aces Ben Dunn and Owen Wright.

Along with the serious side of competition, the Rip Curl Grom Search series also allows plenty of time for fun and good times with onsite giveaways and games for surfers of all levels.

2010/11 AUSTRALIAN RIP CURL GROM SEARCH CALENDAR:

Event 1: 21-24 September, 2010 - Jan Juc, VIC
Event 2: 5-8 October, 2010 - Coffs Harbour, NSW
Event 3: 23-24 October, 2010 - Mandurah, WA
Event 4: 6-7 November, 2010 - Clifton Beach, TAS
Event 5: 13-14 November, 2010 - Middleton, SA
Event 6: 13-17 December, 2010 - Gold Coast, QLD
Event 7: 22-25 January, 2011 - Cronulla, NSW


SOURCE: Surfing Australia