In 2018, we hosted the first annual “Grom Search” in Cauipe, Brazil. Each year, the scheme awards new kiteboarding gear and English lessons to one talented local kid. If they keep up with their lessons and maintain their gear in good working order, they will continue to receive new kit and can pass their old gear along to another local kid. The winner is chosen by a kiteboarding contest held in the infamous lagoon that boasts world-class conditions. The level of talent among young riders in this region is unparalleled, however, the kids often do not have access to the best gear or any gear at all.
The goal of this program is to increase accessibility to the sport of kiteboarding for youth communities in this region. The event is organised by our Duotone Kiteboarding International team riders, who visit Cauipe to train and offer coaching and encouragement to any of the young riders who participate. Many of these professional athletes visit this location each year and establish friendships with the participants that extend beyond this one-day event. It is our hope that as we continue this program, we can open doors for the youth communities in this region and help facilitate their kiteboarding prowess.