Dominican groms: she has a surfing future

Under a bright tropical sun, a gentle breeze and the beauty of the almond trees, young surfers from across the country (Santo Domingo, Boca Chica, Nizao, Rio San Juan, Cabarete, Sosua and Bahoruco) showcased their talent in the strong waves of the Atlantic Ocean at Playa Encuentro in Cabarete, in the province of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

The young athletes delighted the audience and demonstrated their best maneuvers to the judges in a close competition held over the last weekend of summer.

The National Championship "Summer Surf Gromfest 2010" was organized by the alliance of Chino School Surf School of Cabarete, and the Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF), and supported by local businesses.

The event was attended by special guest Ms. Claritza Ruiz, President of the Chapter of the City of Cabarete, Mr. Nestor Puente, President of FEDOSURF, and Mr. Daniel Francisco, President of the Association of Surfing Puerto Plata (ASPP).

Ms. Ruiz addressed the crowd with moving words of support and encouragement to all athletes, coaches and spectators attending the event, and expressed her appreciation for the efforts displayed in promoting and developing the sport of surfing for young people on the beaches of Cabarete and on surfing beaches across the country.

Results of the event follow:


1st Kai Robert
2nd Esteban Castillo
3rd Brian Count
4th Nicolás de la Cruz


1st Lea Berrue
2nd Julia Oliva


1st Kristof Kele
2nd Daniel Santana
3rd Yonauris Acevedo
4th Gian Marcos Oliva


1st Daniel Santana
2nd Luis Alfredo Félix
3rd Gian Marcos Oliva
4th Joel López

Rip Curl: 3D will get you stoked

Rip Curl has announced that it will release a high-end 3D surfing game to the iPhone market this September. Titled "Live The Search: The Ultimate Surfing Game", the application is being project-managed by Rip Curl International and developed in Australia by Sydney-based creative agency LOMAH Studios.

Driven by Rip Curl's "Search" philosophy, the game will allow players to travel the world as Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore or a created surfer, chasing swells and surfing some of the most secret waves in our oceans.

The player advances through the game by completing goals, unlocking trips and completing other objectives. There are no contest rash vests in this game either - it’s all about travel, adventure and living the Search.

"I can't wait to play the finished product - I’m a big iPhone and iPad geek so it's going to be good to have a surfing app. It will be the perfect game to kill down time. The Search concept is such a big part of Rip Curl's culture and I'm glad we decided to focus on this for the game - traveling the world in search of perfect waves is what surfing is all about..." - Mick Fanning

"I can't wait to surf like Mick! It's really cool that Mick and I are characters in the game - we've both been with Rip Curl for over 10 years and we grew up reading about and watching videos of Rip Curl's first ever Search trips with Tom Curren and co, back in the ’80s. I'm going to play it all the time!" - Stephanie Gilmore

Rip Curl originally planned to release the game in April during the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, but delayed its unveiling to better tie in with its global 'Live The Search' marketing campaign in the second part of the year.

"We really wanted this game to be a true reflection of the brand's spirit. The 'Search' is what makes Rip Curl the ultimate surfing company, so this is the concept behind the game as well."

"We've been starved of a high-end surfing game for several years now and there has been a lot of noise about this lately. We're really excited to get this game available on the iTunes Store and feed the hungry!" - Neil Ridgway (Rip Curl Group Marketing & Advertising Chairman)

The Live The Search game is a revolutionary iPhone application release for Lomah Studios too, who have dedicated over six months to the development project.

"Ground breaking new graphic technology had to be developed for Live The Search, but it all came together perfectly in the end. The more we played the game and refined it, the more we became hooked on it ourselves!" - Stephen Molloy (Creative Director of LOMAH Studios)

"There are a lot of subtleties to the mechanics and the experience of surfing that make all the difference. We went back to the drawing board and created everything from scratch for Live The Search; the end result is really beautiful to play.” - Dain Hedgpeth (Technical Director of LOMAH Studios)

"Live The Search: The Ultimate Surfing Game" is currently being reviewed by Apple and will be available via the iTunes Store later this month.

Keep your eyes peeled on this spot for our announcement of the game's availability!

Meanwhile, play online surfing games.

Codey Thompson: successful in the #543 try

Hurricane Earl was blessed for thousand of surfers of the East Coast of the USA. There were waves for anyone.

At Jacksonville Pier, Cody Thompson tried many times, but he finally did it.

In a two-hour surfing session, Thompson managed to pull an incredible Alley-Oop after several attempts.

Check how he did it.