The Quiksilver King Of The Groms presented by Virgin Mobile is the most reward-laden and dynamic junior series in the country and this year looks to be even better than last. This three part series, with events in Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Durban South Coast, has only two divisions, and a nice big pile of cash and prizes for the winners.
As well as this, the series offers the possibility of a 16-year-old grom getting into a WCT event through the trials. The end result could, in theory, see that grom winning such an event. This year differs from last year as the premier junior division has changed globally from U15 to U16. 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 King will then be awarded a guaranteed 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, or a Logie. The winner of the U20 division, which is ASP- sanctioned, receives a return trip to Hawaii.
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, the Cape Town event, is going down next weekend 3 and 4 March 2007 in the Kommetjie area. In order to enter this event, groms must download the entry form from surfing southafrica.co.za, complete it, deposit the entry fee, and fax the entry form and deposit slip to 0866166988. Contact Surfing South Africa on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Quiksilver King Of The Groms events are mobile, so to find out the venues of each event ph 0728875972 after 07h30 on the days of the respective events, Surfing South Africa sanctions the events and both divisions count towards the Pro Surf Tour ratings.
The following event is on the 26 and 27 May on the South Coast of Durban and the third event is on the 23 and 24 June in Mossel Bay. The events are going to be covered on Boardriders TV, which is set for extensive broadcast time on Supersport. Boardriders TV have already committed to covering the events in their entirety, thus giving them loads of valuable airtime.