O’Neill’s inaugural Rookie Rippers event goes down a treat. Twelve junior surfers from across Europe won an all-expenses three day trip to beautiful North Wales; courtesy of O’Neill. The #RookieRippers comp was open to young European surfers this summer and entries were submitted via Instagram. The cream of the bunch got the call to pack their board bags and prepare for three intense days of fun and waves.
On hand to put the young crew through their paces were:
-World tour surfer Jordy Smith.
-Chris Gallagher Stone, Jordy’s coach and also the US Olympic Team Technical Coach.
-Sean Hayes & Chris Drummy: Red Bull High Performance
Three full days of surfing went down with the coaches polishing the kid’s acts as the last day saw a contest with the winners receiving €1000 for their troubles. Portuguese surfer Mafalda Lopez took the ladies crown and Frenchman Tiago Carrique the men’s. The level was ridiculous, and the Welsh Surfing Federation judges had their work cut out for them.
Rookie Rippers will return for a second installment in 2019.