Cape Town South Africa
8 – 9 March 2008
March 5, 2008 : – – It is already year three of the prestigious Quiksilver King Of The Groms series, and it still the most reward-laden and dynamic junior series in the country. This year looks to be even better than the last two years. This three part series kicks off with a bang this upcoming weekend 8-9 March in Cape Town, and the other two events are to be held at Mossel Bay (EC) and Scottburgh (KZN).
The series has only two divisions, the premier U16 ‘grom’ division and the U20 division, with a nice big pile of cash and prizes for the winners. However there is only one really sought after prize, the Crown of The King! The winner of the U16 ‘grom’ division series will become The King and will win an all expenses paid trip with his coach to the grand finals in France and an opportunity to become the international King Of The Groms.
This grand final takes place amongst the 16 international Kings, and is going to be run in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro France WCT event, utilizing the live web casting, and international commentating set up for the Quiksilver Pro France.
This King will then be awarded a guaranteed trials slot into two of the world’s biggest WCT’s – the Quiksilver Pro France 09, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 09. That grom will thus receive a rare chance to compete in two WCT events against surfers like Kelly Slater, Travis Logie, or Jordy Smith, who competed in this series last year. The winner of the U20 division receives a valuable return trip to Hawaii for the winter.
There’s also a prize pool of R22000 per event, with R5000 for first in the U20 division and R3500 for first in the Grom division. There is also going to be the Virgin Mobile Expression Session with an MP3 player as well as R1000 up for grabs.
Quiksilver Marketing Manager Dane Patterson believes that the King Of The Groms Series is playing a vital part in the development of our junior surfers. “The standard of junior surfing has just really gone through the roof in South Africa, the amount of quality juniors that are coming out of these junior series is unbelievable,” said Patto.
“I believe the King of the Groms series is a great stepping stone for juniors to use before taking their careers onto the next level. The man-on-man format teaches them a lot about their surfing and actually encourages them to produce better surfing.”
The King of the first series, Matthew Bromley, is competing in the U20 division this year, as is last year’s King Dale Staples. The premier U16 grom division is going to be contested amongst surfers of the ilk of Beyrick De Vries, Dane Staples, Mickey February, the Brand brothers Benji and Davey, and Slade Prestwich to name a few.
The first event, the Cape Town event, is going down this weekend 8 and 9 March 2008 in the Kommetjie area. The following event is on the 14 and 15 June in Mossel Bay and the third event is on the 16 and 17 August at Scottburgh. The events are going to be covered on Boardriders TV, which is set for extensive broadcast time on Supersport.
The Quiksilver King Of The Groms events are all mobile to allow for better waves and better surfing, so to find out the venues of each event ph 021-6742972 after 07h30 on the days of the respective events, Surfing South Africa sanctions the events and the U20 division is part of the South African Pro Surf Tour.