Rip Curl GromSearch series hits Mt Buller
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