The first event in the Quiksilver King Of The Groms junior series is set to take place in Kommetjie, South Africa this weekend. The series, which has a unique format and great prizes, has proven to be extremely popular amongst the junior surfers and this event looks to well–attended with a great entry. The contest is mobile and the best waves available over the weekend will dictate where the event will be held.
In its inaugural year the King Of The Groms had the U15 division as the premier division. This year the premier division has changed to U16. The winner of this division gets a chance to compete in the International King Of The Groms in France, and the winner of this wins a wildcard into the trials of two Quiksilver WCT events.
Surfers who will be vying for this spot are surfers of the calibre of currently on-form Mikey February(Kommetjie), Beyrick De Vries (Umhlanga), Dale Staples (St Francis), Matt Bromley (Kommetjie) who was last years King Of The Groms, Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay) and Nicky Godfrey from Seal Point.
The U20 division, while not the premier division, will still have the nations’ top U20 surfers competing for the coveted prize of a return ticket to Hawaii. On-form surfer of the moment is Durban North’s Brandon Jackson who will be pushing hard for the top spot. He will be pushed hard by the likes of Brett Shearer (Kommetjie), Josh Redman (Umdloti), and Rudy Palmboom from The Bluff.
As well as the series prizes there will also be a R22,000 prize pool per event. There is also the Zigzag Performance Award of a replica handgrendade and R1000 cash for the surfer deemed to be ‘blowing up’ during the event.
The second event is on the 26 and 27 May on the South Coast of Durban and the third event is on the 23 and 24 June in Mossel Bay.
The Quiksilver King Of The Groms is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and forms part of the Pro Surf Tour.