Surfers from France and USA make strong starts on the first day of the Rip Curl GromSearch International final, Lakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa Indonesia

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After waking up from the spectacular opening ceremony last night, Rip Curl GromSearch International final competitors were straight out to the famed Lakey Peak line-up for an official Expression Session on the first day of the event waiting period. The European and American competitors took the honors in both the boys and girls sessions with Tim Bisso (FRA) and Brissa Hennessy (USA/Hawaii) winning the Outstanding Performance award for best overall surfer.

Lakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa Island – May 7th |Your 2014 RCGS Int. final boys competitors.| Photo Credit : @Mick_curley_photo

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 9.00.55 AMLakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa Island – May 7th |8 ripping ladies ready to take to the lineup. | Photo Credit : @Mick_curley_photo 

They were backed up by their fellow National representatives when Tessa Thyssen (FRA) and Pat Curren (USA) won the best manoeuvre award for landing the single most difficult turns in their heat. The surfing display matched this high energy level with all competitors getting some solid time in the line-up.

Tim Bisso was the clear standout in the boys division catching 4 waves that scored over 8 points (out of ten) each “It was great to get things started with an Expression Session today, everyone got to surf Lakey Peak and we had a chance to check out the other competitors” said the French National who lives in Guadeloupe (French caribbean). “Things will get tougher from here so I was happy to get a good result before we surf Round 1 tomorrow.”

Lakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa Island – May 7th |Today’s winners, Tim Bisso (overall), & Pat Curren (best single 
maneuver).    | Photo Credit : @Mick_curley_photo 

With the swell expected to rise over the next 3 days Brisa Hennessy was excited about the prospect of moving into the main event with good waves predicted “It was great to share the line-up with the girls and put the jersey’s on for the first time. The waves are meant to get bigger and I can’t wait to have just 2 girls in the line-up for the main rounds.”

Lakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa Island – May 7th |Expression Session girl’s winners, Tessa Thyssen, & Brisa 
Hennessy.  | Photo Credit : @Mick_curley_photo 

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 9.01.28 AMLakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa Island – May 7th |Girls checking lineup| Photo Credit : @Mick_curley_photo 

Round 1 of the Rip Curl GromSearch International final is expected to start tomorrow with the following heats:

Boys Round 1.

Heat 1.

Jacob Willcox (AUS)

Gustavo Ramos (BRA)

Andre Anwar (IDN)

Daniel Far (NZL)

Heat 2.

Jackson Giles (AUS)

Pat Curren (USA)

Raju Sena (IDN)

Tim Bisso (FRA)

Girls Round 1.

Heat 1.

Isabella Nichols (AUS)

Tessa Thyssen (FRA)

Jasmine Smith (NZL)

Cinta Hansei (IDN)

Heat 2.

Hayana Iguchi (IDN)

Kayane Reis (BRA)

Brisa Hennessy (USA/HAW)

Pua Johnson (IDN)

Lakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa Island – May 7th |Aussie, Jackson Giles, backside punt.  | Photo Credit : @Mick_curley_photo 

Lakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa Island – May 7th |Andre Anwar once again showing his fins for the camera in front of the 
towers. | Photo Credit : @Mick_curley_photo 

Lakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa Island – May 7th |With this punt, Pat Curren took top honors for single best 
maneuver of the Expression Session.  | Photo Credit : @Mick_curley_photo

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 9.26.41 AMLakey Peak, Dompu, Sumbawa Island – May 7th | Expression Session – best maneuver winner, Tessa Thyssen throwing up an air of her own. 
– Photo Credit : @Mick_curley_photo 

The 10th Rip Curl GromSearch International Final runs May 7 to May 10, 2014.

The Rip Curl GromSearch International final is supported by Bapak Bupati Kabupaten DOMPU (Lakey DOMPU Government).

POSCA is a major partner of the event with further support from the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC) and Lakey Peak Boardriders

History – Rip Curl GromSearch International Champions.

2013 – Leonardo Fioravanti (ITL) & Tatiana Wetson-webb (HAW)

2012 – Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) & Tatiana Wetson-webb (HAW)

2011 – Mitch Parkinson (AUS) & Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)

2010 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) & Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)

2009 – Thomas Woods (AUS) & Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)

2008 – Dale Staples (ZAF) & Malia Manuel (HAW)

2007 – Tyler Newton (HAW) & Tyler Wright (AUS)

2006 – Owen Wright (AUS) & Alana Blanchard (HAW)

2005 – Mason Ho (HAW) & Nikita Robb (ZAF)

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