June 3, 2008: – -Mossel Bay – The second leg of the Quiksilver King Of The Groms series is set to take place at Mossel bay next weekend, with the rippable right-handers of Inner Pool being the desired location Quiksilver has employed a mobile strategy to run the event wherever waves are best on the day.
The Quiksilver King Of The Grom series has two divisions, the premier U16 Grom division, and the U20 division. The winner of the U16 series receives an all expenses paid trip to the grand finals in France and an opportunity to become the international King of The Groms. The winner there will then be awarded a trials slot into two of the world’s biggest WCT’s – the Quiksilver Pro France, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
That grom will thus receive a rare chance to achieve a major result in a WCT event, to compete against a Slater, a Logie or a Fanning. The winner of the U20 division receives a 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.
The first event in Cape Town saw an on-form Devin Lane win the premier U16 division in good surf at Witsands. Going into this event Devin is suffering from a broken arm, but will be competing in a waterproof cast.
Despite his injury, Lane from Umhlanga remains a favorite in the U16 division, along with Mikey February (Kom), Beyrick De Vries (Umhlanga) and Dane Staples (CStF). De Vries has just returned from the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships, where he was the highest placed South African in the U16 division.
The U20 favorites include last years’ Mossel Bay stand-out Nick Godfrey (CStF) who won both divisions and who already has the Cape Town event victory under his belt, Brendon Gibbens (Kom), Casey Grant (Scottburgh) Dale Staples (CStF) and Mossel Bay homeboy Shaun Joubert. Knowing the local waves like the back of his hand, Joubert has won many an event in Mossel Bay and could easily turn up the heat for this event.
This event will also have the hilarious but informed team of Stanley Badger and Dan Redman on the mic, giving running commentary throughout the event. The final event in the Quiksilver King Of The Groms series will take place at Scottburgh on the 16 – 17 August.
The event entry list available at: surfingsouthafrica.co.za. The Virgin Mobile Expression Session is a regular feature, with R1000 and a Samsung MP3 Player up for grabs for Best Air and Best Wave. The event is going to be covered on Boardriders TV, which is set for extensive broadcast time on Supersport.
Surfing South Africa sanctions the Quiksilver King Of The Groms, and the U20 division is part of the Surfing South Africa Pro Surf Tour.