Jeren Kiring and Putu Permana victorious at Rip Curl Grom Search Medewi

September 26th, 2010. Medewi Beach, Bali – Bali's latest surfing prodigy, Jeren Kiring, scored a narrow victory at the Rip Curl Grom Search Medewi on Sunday. Kiring (14, Canggu) captured a much-needed wave late in the final and muscled out enough maneuvers to win the under-16 division by a fraction of a point ahead of Angga Mardiana (15, Nusa Lembongan). Rounding out the final was Koko Mitsuantara (13, Nusa Dua) in third and Moi (15, Canggu) in fourth.
Before running up against Mardiana, Kiring looked unstoppable. The goofyfoot spent the day ripping apart the long 2-to-3 foot lefts on tap at Medewi's picturesque cobblestone point and winning every heat on his way to the final.

As the top two placing surfers at Medewi, Kiring and Mardiana qualified for the Grom Search National Finals, October 23-24 at Kuta Beach. They will square off against the top groms from previous events in Sumbawa and Java for the opportunity to compete in the Grom Seach World Finals, held in conjunction with the Rip Curl Pro WCT event at Australia's legendary Bells Beach.

“I am so happy right now to make it to the national finals,” Kiring said, surrounded by friends after his victory. “I want to go to Kuta right now and start practicing.”

In the under-14 final, it was Legian local Putu Permana who claimed victory after tearing apart the windy afternoon waves on his frontside and connecting them all the way to the inside bay. Finishing second was Japanese grom Rio, the smallest surfer in the contest at just 10 years old. Rio was unfazed by the Medewi waves, which were easily double overhead for him on the sets, and netted several long rides and vertical backside hacks. Tommy Sobri (14, Bingin) took third and Agus Saputra placed fourth.
“It was hard to surf out there for the final because the tide so low and and lots of wind,” Permana said. “Lucky I was able to make it to the inside on my waves and get more turns.”

In the expression session, the best wave award went to Medewi local Muklis Anwar. The best trick award was nabbed up by Boy Sandy, also from Medewi, for a successful big air. Meanwhile, Bingin grom Tommy Sobri won a brand new surfboard from Coca-Cola for the most brave grommet award, after he charged some of the biggest sets of the day

More than 70 boys and girls from all over Bali made the trip to Medewi beach for the third and final stop of the Rip Curl Grom Search. Rip Curl team rider and event judge Pepen Hendrik noted the importance of youth surfing events like Grom Search, given the rising popularity of the sport among kids in Indonesia.

“When we start doing Grom Search five years ago we only have like 15 kids come out for a contest,” Hendrik said. “Now we have 50 kids coming out, and not just in Bali but the other islands in Indonesia too. I can't wait to see how these groms push their level of surfing at Kuta for the finals.”

The Rip Curl GromSearch 2010 is sanctioned by the Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship Tour, and is sponsored/supported by Light Surfboards, Eat-Sleep-Surf, Skullcandy, SurfTime Magazine, Lines Magazine, Magic Wave Surf Community Newspaper, and GUS.

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