Costa Mesa, CA (May 28, 2008): Puerto Rican flair spiced up the line–up as the best surfers from around the island came to Jobo’s Beach, Puerto Rico for the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by BOOST Mobile Saturday, May 24.
The young talent arrived in hoards as the event came to a start at 8 am sharp with a total of nearly 50 frothing groms. The waves were dismal, but spirits were high, as the future of Puerto Rican surfing lit up the waist-high conditions.
With the stage set for an unbelievable day of surfing and fun in the sun, the competitors came to the realization that this contest had much more to offer than your everyday event. With an invite to the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final at Salt Creek CA only going to the top two surfers form each division and the $125 cold hard cash going straight to first, finding themselves atop the podium was a must. Not only that, presenting sponsor Boost Mobile is putting up an all expenses paid trip for the Boys 16/under winner from each event to go to the Boost Mobile Pro at Lowers this September.
It was 10-year-old Mauricio Diaz who rose to the challenge and dominated the 12/under final with an average heat total of 15. His radical combination of cutbacks and lip cracks proved to be untouchable by his fellow competitors.
In the 14/under Ricardo Lucke set fire to the small right-handers of Jobo’s. Blowing tail and methodically tearing each wave to the beach, Lucke showed his fellow Puerto Rican competitors and the spectators on the beach that he came to do business.
In the girls 16/under division, it was Lecar Maud from the French Caribbean Island of San Martin who stole the show and went home with a new title, the 2008 Rip Curl GromSearch Puerto Rico event Champion. The smooth compact surfing of Lecar left her unexpected competition stunned and her family on the beach roaring in celebration.
The 16/under boys final showcased a battle between two local favorites, Eric Torrez and Hector Santa Maria. The 20 minute final had the two going wave for wave, but it was Hector Santa Maria who took the crown displaying his Fanning-esque raps throughout the day proving he is no slouch in any conditions.
“Oh, going to Cali, BOOST Mobile Pro, SO STOKED….The cash money…Awe, I am so pumped,” Hector shout out to the spectators affront him as he received his loot while holding his golden ticket to the BMP.
Hector is heading to the Rip Curl GromSearch National Finals at Salt Creek on November 2nd, 2008 with a chance at an all expensed trip to the International GromSearch Finals at the Rip Curl Pro in Bells Beach, Australia. Who will be next? It is Pacific Beach, San Diego that will serve as next event’s testing grounds.
For more information, go to RipCurl.com/GromSearch.
Official Results of Stop #1 of Rip Curl GromSearch 2008 presented by BOOST Mobile at Hobo’s, Puerto Rico
1. Hector Santa Maria
2. Eric Torrez
3. Tommy Orsini
4. Ricardo Lucke
1. Ricardo Lucke
2. Mauricio Diaz
3. Bryan Laide
4. Christian Rivera
1. Mauricio Diaz
2. David Liceaga
3. Devan Vazquez
4. Maximilian Torres
1. Lecar Maud
2. Ocean Diamond
3. Ninotchka Acevedo
4. Nicole Luna
5. Sheila Martine