Rip Curl GromSearch se­ries hits Mt Buller

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SEIZING on the ex­cel­lent snow con­di­tions at Mt Buller, Rip Curl is bring­ing its pop­u­lar GromSearch for­mat to the moun­tain this Sun­day, Septem­ber 3.

Skiers and board­ers un­der 17 are in­vited to join the event and shred the moun­tain with good friends and a few well­known faces from the Rip Curl snow team ex­plor­ing Mt Buller’s mas­sive 300 hectares of ter­rain in a freestyle ‘ex­pres­sion ses­sion’ for­mat.

“The GromSearch snow ses­sions are just awe­some,” pro­fes­sional Rip Curl snow­boarder Nate John­stone said.

“We find a few good zones to hit and then un­leash the groms and see what they come up with.

“It’s all about hav­ing fun, get­ting cre­ative and see­ing the tal­ent in our group.

“There’s a bunch of prizes to spice things up and ev­ery­one has a sick day on the moun­tain.”

Leg­endary pho­tog­ra­pher Tony “Harro” Har­ring­ton will be rolling with the GromSearch crew and shooting all the ac­tion at each stop around the moun­tain so each par­tic­i­pant will go home with a pro­fes­sional shot to re­mem­ber the day.

“I am ba­si­cally a big grom my­self,” Harro said.

“This is set to be such a fun day rip­ping around to­gether and hav­ing fun.

“I love shooting great ac­tion and I know th­ese kids will be get­ting cre­ative and most im­por­tantly just hav­ing the best day – which makes for great pho­tos.”

Or­gan­is­ers and Rip Curl team rid­ers will keep an eye on the par­tic­i­pants, of­fer ad­vice and award prizes ‘on the spot’ for no­table per­for­mances.

Ev­ery­one who reg­is­ters will re­ceive a Rip Curl gift, plus a so­cial me­dia photo of their choice shot by Harro.

The GromSearch snow ses­sion is based on an ‘Ex­pres­sion Ses­sion’ for­mat where par­tic­i­pants do laps of a des­ig­nated area and throw down what­ever they feel like in the al­lot­ted time.

Rip Curl ath­letes and se­lect moun­tain crew will se­lect no­table per­for­mances through­out each times­lot and give prizes for per­for­mances who catch their eye.

They might do some­thing rad or are just gen­er­ally rip­ping and hav­ing the most fun.

The event is open to male and fe­male ath­letes, skiers and snow­board­ers are wel­come.

Age di­vi­sions are 12 and un­der, 14 and un­der and 16 and un­der.

Meet at the Rip Curl shop in the Mt Buller Vil­lage at 9.30am - and it fin­ishes back at the shop at 12.30pm.

Par­tic­i­pants must sign up on­line at https://www. moun­tain­safe.org/prod­uct/the­grom-search/ and com­plete the en­try form and waiver.

SEIZE THE MO­MENT: Nate John­stone makes the most of good snow falls - meet him this Sun­day at the Rip Curl GromSearch on Buller. PHOTO: Cour­tesy Rip Curl

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