(Honolulu, Hawaii) June 10, 2009 – The Quiksilver King of the Groms made its Hawaii stop this past weekend at Kewalos. With solid three-four foot surf on tap, the heats were packed with some of the Islands' best under 16 surfers, all charging for the cash and a spot in the World Championships in France. In the end, Oahu's Ezekiel Lau took the win with six skins (equal to $600 cash). Kauai's Luke Hitchcock trailed just behind with four skins for second place and $400.
As the Hawaii champion, Ezekiel will travel to France this September to compete in the King of the Groms World Championships. Bringing together 16 Kings from around the world, including winner of the King of the Groms Santa Cruz Regional Qualifier Andrew Jacobson and the King of the Groms East Coast winner (still to be determined) the final showdown will be held in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro France, a Men's ASP World Tour contest.
The Quiksilver King of the Groms is the only "skins" format contest in North America. For more info on the King of the Groms, go to www.quiksilver.com/kog
About the King of the Groms Format:
The "Skins" format was founded by Quiksilver's own Matt Kechele who introduced it to the East Coast back in 1995 at the Quiksilver King of the Peak at Sebastian Inlet which was won by non other than eight-time world champion Kelly Slater. A "Skin" is equivalent to $100. In order to win a "Skin" the surfer must raise his hands above his head in what is termed a "claim" after what he or she thinks is a high scoring ride. The judges then assess the wave and the score is announced and the surfer must exit the water. The remaining surfers then have the duration of the heat to "claim" their wave and top the high score. Surfers get two chances to lose as there are two rounds of competition. They also have the chance to go "on a roll" and claim multiple "Skins" if they are consistently putting up high scores as they progress in each heat.
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