08/25/2022 | Local surfer Bren advances in national contest


Local surfer Gavin Bren finished first in the under-12 division of the Rip Curl Grom Search event in Florida last week. With the win, Bren advances to the Rip Curl Grom Search National Championships in California in December. Photo submitted

OCEAN CITY – Local surfer Gavin Bren caused a stir last week at a Rip Curl Grom Search qualifying event in New Smyrna, Fla., winning his division to qualify for Race to the Ranch and the National Finals later this year.

The Rip Curl Grom Search series is back for the 22ndn/a times this year and the final event in the four contest series was held in New Smyrna, Florida last week. Local surfer Gavin Bren, no stranger to victory on the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) circuit, took first place in the under-12 bracket to advance and have the opportunity to compete at the 2022 Race to the Ranch National Finals where qualifiers will compete in the Grom North American Research Championships in Lemoore, CA. in December.

Bren finished first in the under-12 division and won $500 in prize money plus gifts from host Rip Curl. With the win, he advances to the Rip Curl Grom Search National Finals later this year. Last week’s qualifying event in New Smyrna, Florida was the last in the series. Bren and the other winners now move on to the Rip Curl Grom Search event at Lemoore Ranch, CA. Scheduled for December 17 with the national championships in play.

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