Rip Curl GromSearch takes to the waves at Fitzroy Beach
Invitations to represent New Zealand at the International GromSearch are on the line this weekend at Fitzroy Beach, with the Taranaki break set to host the latest round of the Rip Curl GromSearch.
The two-day event will see top young surfing talent from around the country vie for the invites in the under-17 divisions, with under-14s and under-12 also competing.
In 2016, Mount Maunganui surfers Kehu Butler and Raiha Ensor got the chance to compete in tropical Hawaiian waters at the international final.
The talented pack of under-17 surfers will be chasing down Elliot Brown of Dunedin who has won two junior events in the past month.
In the girls division, honours this year have been shared by Saffi Vette of Gisborne and Elin Tawharu of Mount Maunganui.
Tawharu has several international events under her belt and most recently placed third at the World Junior Championships. On the flipside, Vette is yet to represent New Zealand and a win this weekend would be the first step to competing internationally.
For those surfers in the under-14 divisions, the chance to climb further up the rankings and cement themselves as title contenders is what they will be gunning for this weekend, with local Ariana Shewry looking to make the most of surfing in her own region.
The GromSearch was the only national event staging under12 divisions, and action was set to take place from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.