August 5th, Capbreton, France
Under 16 international surf event sanctioned by ASP Europe
From August 2nd – 7th 2005
Mother nature has supported Quiksilver’s King Of The Groms with a new swell and as the inaugural event moved into the man-on-man heats of round 2 and 3 today some amazing new surfing talent has been unearthed.
The waves pumped through at a solid 1.5 metres with some bigger sets around the 2 metre mark. Organisers completed Round 2 and pressed on into Round 3, completing 8 of the 16 heats. The Under 16 year old surfers displayed some scintillating surfing, mature beyond their years.
While most seasoned observers of competitive surfing expected Australian, Brazilian and American surfers to dominate this event it has been new names from France and the French Territories of Guadalupe and Reunion Island that have shown their skill today, a healthy sign for the sport.
15 year old Charles Martin set the pace in Round 2 with a total score of 19.45 out of a possible 20. Charles has been raised in the challenging reef breaks of his Caribbean island home yet showed remarkable familiarity in the tricky beach break of La Piste. Charles will perform again in Round 3 tomorrow (Saturday) where he has drawn the Indonesian Muklis Anwar, who has travelled from his home in Bali for the first time.
Local French competitors created some upsets. The most impressive from Guillaume Mangiarotti who defeated Hawaiian Kiron Jabour in Round 2 and then went on to beat in form Brazilian Alejo Munis in Round 3. Mangiarotti will now meet Brazil’s Crisanto Peterson in Round 4.
Marc Lacomere showed his local knowledge downing Japanese champion Keito Matsuoka. Lacomere surfs daily on these beach breaks and resides just North of Capbreton Harbour in Hossegor. Lacomere will clash with Kris Wiernicki from Florida, USA in Round 4. Heat 3 of Round 4 will be an all-Reunion Island affair with Medi Veminardi set to surf against Damien Chaudoy. Veminardi beat Australian Chris Salisbury in Round 3 while Chaudoy defeated fellow Reunion grommet Maxime Huscenot.
Hawaii was well represented with Kauai’s Tyler Newton lighting up the beach with some powerful surfing but he ran into the red hot Brazilian Wiggolly Dantas and was eliminated in Round 3. Newton would have won almost any other heat today with his total score of 18.66 but Dantas was too good.
However, the number one seed in this contest, Australian Owen Wright has also laid down a challenge with a huge win in his Round 3 heat downing Reunion Island’s Hugo Palmarini. Wright will now meet Wiggolly Dantas in Round 4. That will be a heat to delight the crowd expected for the weekend finals.
Organisers expect the swell to continue into the weekend and all is poised for an exciting finale. The champion here at Quiksilver’s “King Of The Groms” will win entry into three WCT events on the ASP World Tour in Japan, California and Australia and the way these groms are surfing the established professionals should be worried.
HEAT 9 GARRETT PARKES AUS vs. JOCELYN POULOU TAH
HEAT 10 KILLIAN RAUST CR vs. VALENTIN LABORDE P. FRA
HEAT 11 JAMES WOODS ZAF vs. JUSTIN DELANNE FRA
HEAT 12 PABLO POLA FRA vs. MANUEL LEZCANO CAN
HEAT 13 BRENT REILLY USA vs. BEAR BAILEY HAW
HEAT 14 MUKLIS ANWAR IND vs. CHARLES MARTIN GUA
HEAT 15 ALBEE LAYER HAW vs. FREDERICO MORAIS PORT
HEAT 16 TAMAROA MC COMB TAH vs. DAVID LEBOULCH FRA
For all results, photos and more information on the event please visit www.quiksilver.com/groms, and click RESULTS.