School’s out, and the Quiksilver “King of the Groms,” proved that the Groms are over the school books and ready for summer action. On the morning of Saturday, June 7th, 52 groms from all over the East Coast, and as far away as the West Indies, and Caribbean Islands came frothing over the sand dunes of Sebastian Inlet. On the line, heaps of specialty prizes and $100 per “skin,” a trip to France and a slot in the Quiksilver “King of the Groms Global Championships.” It’s no wonder this event has gotten so popular. Although the event ranged from ages 5 to 16, Quiksilver has classified the official “Grom” status age at 16 years and under.
With the help of a small high pressure system pinching off the Bahamas The KOG was blessed with small rideable one to two foot mini wedges. These smaller conditions proved to be an advantage for some of the younger lighter fly weights. Round One saw 11 year old, Mauro Diaz, from Puerto Rico come out of the gate claiming three skins. Other early standouts included South Florida’s Nate Behl claiming two skins with some very polished surfing. Then, Ryan Crouteau, after winning one skin was ousted by Super grom whiz kid from New Smyrna Beach, Noah Schweizer. Noah was surfing sharp and polished capturing two skins, and posted the single highest wave score of 7.86. Another New Smyrna super grom who got on a roll was Nathan Colburn, who put a roadblock in Mauro Diaz’s first round run. Sebastian regular, Logan Hayes, nabbed a skin finishing out round one stopping Noah Schweizer.
Co-Sponsor, Rock Star Energy Drink, was the drink of choice as the groms started popping tops at the halfway mark. In Round Two, the “draw” was flipped upside down allowing all surfers another chance at nabbing some cash and getting on a roll. This final round opened with Jordan Heaselgrave (Barbados) getting on an early roll claiming two skins, before Christian Miller decided he wasn’t going home without some spending money. Nathan Colburn was in the hunt for another skin up until South Florida’s Tanner Strohmenger threw a stick in his spokes. Nearing the end of Round Two, Ryan Crouteau flaired up and got on a roll to tie up with leaders Mauro Diaz and Nathan Colburn, both holding down three skins. No sooner than Ryan getting on his roll, Mauro opened up his Round 2 campaign winning his fourth skin. Tit for tat, Ryan Crouteau matched him again. Ryan was looking for a surf off. Pressure was on Mauro Diaz to answer to the call, and break the tie. In the last heat of the day, Mauro maintained his composure and was able to eek out, and claim a small score with a minute remaining. Yes, youthfulness in sports is becoming more prevalent than ever, and this was certainly a bench mark in the “King of the Groms” history. Congratulations, Mauro Diaz, 11 years old and bringing home the crown for his native Island of Puerto Rico!
Mauro Diaz – 5 Skins $500 (Puerto Rico)
Ryan Croteau – 4 Skins $400 (Hobe Sound FL)
Nathan Colburn – 4 Skins $400 (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Noah Schweizer – 2 Skins $200 (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Jordan Heaselgrave – 2 Skins $200 (Barbados FWI)
Logan Hayes – 2 Skins $200 (Vero Beach FL)
Nate Behl – 2 Skins $200 (Tequesta FL.)
Tanner Strohmenger – 1 Skin$100 (Deerfeild Beach, FL)
Christopher Tucker – 1 Skin $100 (Satellite Beach, FL)
Christian Miller – 1 Skin $100 (Jupiter, FL)
Corey Howell – 1 Skin $100 (Indialantic, FL)
Justin Croteau – 1 Skin $100 (Hobe Sound, FL)
DC Shoes Specialty Award – “Highest Single Point Total” – Noah Schweizer ($500)
Future Fins Specialty Award – “Most Futuristic Surfing” – Mauro Diaz ($200)
Super Brand Specialty Award- “Best Beater Board” – Fisher Grant (New Custom Super Surfboard)
Special thanks to sponsors DC Shoes, Future Fins, Super Brand, Rock Star Energy Drink for supporting the Groms.