5:04 pm - Friday September 30, 2016

Surf’s Up! Rip Curl Grom Search On!

By Michael Flynn
Edited by S. A. Martin

Hey kids — smear on some Zink cream, find those moldy board shorts, put on your sunnies, slide into a pair of thongs, grab your surf board, and slip out the door with a wave to Mom and Dad… “see ya later… we’re off to “Rip Curl Grom Search!”

It’s that time of year again when the wind picks up and the storm clouds roll in. While the faint at heart scurry for cover and a dry place wait it out, the surfers head out into the wind and rain with a wry smile and a look of high expectations. They know that when the wind picks up, so do the waves on the west coast of Phuket!

The RipCurl Grom Search is here!

Starting on Saturday August 21st at Nai Harn Beach, 4th September at Kata Beach and ending on the 18th of September at Surin Beach, there will be three individual one-day events. Each day begins with a morning registration at 7:00 am and beach clean-up and ocean awareness program with Phuket water safety specialist Steven A. Martin. There will be a free surf clinic (with boards supplied by Nautilus Surf Shop) and a free lunch of healthy salads, sandwiches and fruit juice catered by DaVinci’s Restaurant. The surf contest will offer surf heats and finals for the boys and girls of varying divisions resulting in a variety of awards, prizes, and a sunset BBQ beach party — What could be better!

Learn about ocean safety and the environment!

Everyone is invited to learn about ocean safety and to understand a little more about our local surfing areas — specifically where the rips and sandbanks are. We can also gain insight regarding how to reduce water pollution and the marine garbage pilling up on our Andaman beaches. Kids especially, can gain a new perspective and respect on how to care for the ocean.

So take your kids surfing at the The RipCurl Grom Search!—You’ll be happy afterwards when they are exhausted and will sleep all night! And they’ll have their tummies filled with a healthy lunch and their mind’s stimulated by the natural environment, rather than computer games!

So scribble a note and stick it to the refrigerator door!
Saturday the 21st August—The RipCurl Grom Search Day is ‘ON’ at Nai Harn Beach.

And next time your moaning about riding in the Phuket rain again, put a smile on your dial, grab your surf board and towel and head to your favorite local surfing beach and ‘get wet’.

The Rip Curl Thailand GromSearch 2010 is sponsored/supported by Surfing Thailand, Komunity Project, Ocean&Earth, Phuket Post, Phuket 91.5FM, Thailand Surfrider Magazine, Davinci and Nautilus SurfShop.

For more information, check these web sites: www.facebook.com/ripcurlthailand

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