Evan Geiselman Blitzes Rip Cirl GromSearch Florida

Evan Geiselman, Rip Curl GromSearch, New Smyrna Beach surfing, Florida surfing

EG en route to victory at home.

Costa Mesa, CA (August 17, 2009): This past Sunday, August 16, groms from across the Sunshine State invaded New Smyrna Beach for the fourth and final stop of the Rip Curl GromSearch fueled by H2O Overdrive. A fun, crossed up swell welcomed the competitors who carried aspirations of the title, the cash, the loot, the coveted National Finals slot, and the bragging rights awarded to the 2009 Rip Curl GromSearch Florida Champion.

The Boys 12/under was the first final to hit the water on Sunday as the tide turned and the swell pushed.  The closest final of the day, Justin Croteau narrowly took the upper hand over Dane Mackie and snatched the sole invite to the National Finals.

Noah Schweizer, Rip Curl GromSearch, New Smyrna Beach surfing, Florida surfing Noah Schweizer.

In the Boys 14/under, Noah Schweizer and Corey Howell exchanged blows, but Howell ultimately took hold of the reigns and rode out on top.  Howell was in prime form, making two finals, winning the 14/under division, and rounding out the day with the H20 Overdrive Maneuver of the Event and $100 cash prize by throwing a massive carving reverse.

The ladies also brought their A-game, but only one could win the title and the invite to the Salt Creek Finals. With so much on the line, tension was high, but at the end of the day, Chelsea Roett’s skills shined the brightest, as she dropped a high score in the dying minutes of the heat and solidified her win.

Christian Miller, Rip Curl GromSearch, New Smyrna Beach surfing, Florida surfingChristian Miller.

Rip Curl’s own Florida ripper, Christian Miller, started strong in the Boys 16/under final, putting the pressure on young Evan Geiselman and fellow finalists.  But EG would not be outdone and stormed back to claim a near perfect ride of 9.5.

“I am so stoked!  I never get to surf events at home any more and to have a few waves to ride made it that much better,” Geiselman enthused as he collected his winnings. “I am just stoked to make the National Finals and come out to California to get a shot a making it over to Bells.”

Matty Lopez, Rip Curl GromSearch, New Smyrna Beach surfing, Florida surfingMatty Lopez.

The 2009 Rip Curl GromSearch regional qualifiers are wrapped up and a solid crew of surfers will be heading to California for the Rip Curl National Finals on November 14th at Salt Creek.  An invitee list will be posted to Ripcurl.com/gromsearch as well as notified through email.

For post event coverage log on to ripcurl.com/gromsearch.

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF STOP #4, 2009 RIP CURL GROMSEARCH FUELED BY H20 OVERDRIVE, New Smyrna Beach, Florida:

Corey Howell, Florida surf, Rip Curl GromSearch, New Smyrna Beach surfing
H20 Overdrive Maneuver of the Event: Corey Howell $100

Florida surf, Rip Curl GromSearch, New Smyrna Beach surfing

BOYS 16/UNDER
1. Evan Gieselman $250
2. Christian Miller
3. Corey Howell
4. Noah Schweizer

BOYS 14/UNDER
1. Corey Howell $250
2. Noah Schwiezer
3. Eros Exarhon
4. Daniel Calloway

Justin Crouteau, Florida surf, Rip Curl GromSearch, New Smyrna Beach surfing
BOYS 12/UNDER
1. Justin Croteau $250
2. Dane Mackie
3. Logan Hayes
4. Cobie Gittner

Chelsea Roett, Florida surf, Rip Curl GromSearch, New Smyrna Beach surfing
GIRLS 16/UNDER
1. Chelsea Roett $250
2. Chelsea Tuach
3. Ametza Nicholls
4. Kayla Durden