Published on 10/01/2022

Newcastle, NSW (Monday 10th January 2022): Surfing NSW and Rip Curl have cancelled the upcoming Rip Curl GromSearch at Merewether, Newcastle due to the ongoing COVID19 concerns Nationally. The event was due to be held on January 18th – 21st, 2022 (after moving from the original dates of September 30 – Oct 2, 2021). Both decisions have been made due to Covid related considerations.

With the current Covid situation increasing in significance nationally, in NSW, as well as locally in Newcastle, organisers have opted to avoid any further risk of additional exposure to competitors, families, and local residents by holding the event.

“Cancelling an event is a difficult decision to make. We’ve been committed to running the GromSearch series whenever we can, but the health and safety of competitors, and our respect and consideration for the communities where we run the events always takes priority” commented Rip Curl Team and Events manager Mark Flanagan about the decision. 

All competitors will receive a full refund in the coming weeks.

Further information will be distributed regarding selection for the GromSearch National Final, scheduled for March 7, 2022.

EVENT 1 – Coolum, Qld – Dec 13-15, 2021
EVENT 2 – Jan Juc, Vic – Jan 13-14, 2022 – CANCELLED
EVENT 3 – Newcastle, NSW – Jan 19-21, 2022 – CANCELLED.
National Final – URBNSURF Melbourne, 7 March 2022      

*all dates and locations are subject to the relevant local, state and federal Covid-19 restrictions and regulations.

COVID-19 considerations for 2021/2022 series.
All events are run in conjunction with the relevant Surfing Australia affiliated state surfing organisations and adhere to the relevant local, regional, state and/or federal Covid regulations and restrictions. In an effort to eliminate cross-border and regional travel, organisers may determine to reserve entry to each GromSearch event specifically for residents of that state only.

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