O’Neill Rookie Rippers: Win 3 Day Jordy Smith Coached Surf Camp At Surf Snowdonia

O’Neill has announced the launch of their three day, all expenses paid Rookie Rippers youth surf camp, with coaching from team surfer and WSL athlete Jordy Smith, along side Chris Gallagher Stone, US Olympic Surf Team Technical Coach and Jordy’s personal surf coach. With only 10 spots available in the camp at Surf Snowdonia in Wales, O’Neill will choose from the best videos entered into their Instagram competition, and the lucky winners will be shredding Snowdonia from September 26-29, 2018.


Press Release: O’Neill Wetsuits launches Rookie Rippers, a new youth surfing programme with team surfer and WSL superstar Jordy Smith. Bringing like-minded and talented young surfers together for three days of coaching, free surfing and expression sessions, Rookie Rippers will take place at Surf Snowdonia in Wales from 26th – 29th September 2018. With only ten places up for grabs, the digital search begins now via Instagram.

Descending on the UK’s Wavegarden this Autumn, O’Neill Rookie Rippers will set up camp in the Conwy Valley for a series of landlocked surfing sessions. With peeling left-handers and right-handers, ten lucky finalists will get the chance to tackle the man-made waves of the Welsh mountain surf spot under the watchful eye of Jordy Smith. Also joined by Chris Gallagher Stone, US Olympic Surf Team Technical Coach and Jordy’s personal surf coach, winners will receive intensive training sessions, instant performance feedback and video analysis. Culminating in a relaxed Rookie Rippers Expression Session on the final day, surfers will get the chance to put their newly learned skills to the test and bag a Rookie Rippers trophy and other cool prizes.

For a chance to score a place at the Rookie Rippers Surf Camp and visit the UK’s inland wave lagoon, O’Neill invites any budding young surfer aged between 13-17 to upload a video of their surfing skills to Instagram and tag @oneilleurope and #RookieRippers.

Jan Michaelis – European Marketing Manager, O’Neill Wetsuits: “Rookie Rippers is a project we have been waiting to reveal for some time now. It’s a community building surf experience that we hope will unite some of the best up-and-coming surfers from across Europe. The main aim of the surf camp is to offer coaching and analysis, as well as mentoring from the world’s most talented surfers and coaches.  To top it all off, we have added a competitive element where participants can apply their newly acquired skills. We are excited to run the Rookie Rippers event at Surf Snowdonia, one of our key partnership locations. Surf Snowdonia gives us guaranteed waves in a perfect training environment. I cannot think of a better location to run the first event.

Following a long day in the water mastering new techniques, surfers get to chill-out in the lagoon-side hot tubs, fill up on a freshly cooked BBQ, enjoy movie screenings and finally get some rest in the on-site glamping pods.  

How to Enter:
To be in with a chance to win, upload your best surfing video clip (up to 60 seconds long) to Instagram and tag @oneilleurope and #RookieRippers.

The Selection Process:
The competition entries will be judged by a panel of three judges based on creativity, technical aspects of the entrant’s performance, and flow (e.g. movement from one turn to the next). The 10 winners of the competition will be announced on the www.oneill.com/rookie-rippers on 19 August 2018.

The Prize:
All expenses paid trip to O’Neill Rookie Rippers Surf Camp from 26th -29th September at Surf Snowdonia in Wales. This includes travel (up to £450/500€), transfers (to/from Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport), accommodation and food/drinks.

Surf sessions with team O’Neill athlete Jordy Smith.

Surf coaching with Chris Gallagher Stone, Jordy’s coach and the US Olympic Surf Team Technical Coach.

Entry into Rookie Rippers Expression Sessions for the chance to win a trophy and other cool prizes.

Terms & Conditions:
Video clips must be uploaded between 20th July – 15th August 2018.

Entrants must be aged between 13 and 17 (born after 30th September 2000 and before 19th July 2005). 

The competition is only open to residents in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.

Please check full T&C’s here.

For further information please visit the dedicated O’Neill Rookie Rippers page here.  




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