Quiksilver’s King of The Groms Under 16 International Surf Event To Start Tomorrow

Quiksilver’s King of The Groms U/16 International surf event

Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), Europe.
August 2 – 7
Capbreton, France

Live webcast on quiksilver.com

Three NSW Surfers to Represent Australia in France

(Thursday, August 04, 2005) Three New South Wales surfers will represent Australia in the main event of the international King of TheGroms U/16 surf competition beginning tomorrow (Australia time) in thepristine beachbreaks of Capbreton, France.

Main event seeds Owen Wright (Culburra, NSW) and Garrett Parkes (ByronBay) are now joined in round one of the prestigious event by talentedNewport natural-foot Chris Salisbury who advanced through the trialsheld in clean, two-foot (0.5m) surf yesterday.

All three New South Welshman stand an excellent chance in the inauguralevent which features 48 of the world’s best U/’16 grommets vying forthe ultimate reward; the title of “King of The Groms” and anunprecedented prize – a guaranteed trials spot into three of theworld’s biggest professional tournaments, the Quiksilver Pros inFrance, Japan and Australia.

A good showing in these events will see the young King compete againstthe very best in the world, including the likes of six-time WorldChampion, American legend Kelly Slater (FL) and three-time reigningchampion Andy Irons (HI). The Quiksilver Grommet King will also be giventhe royal treatment, including airfares to each country for himself anda chaperone.

Wright, the number one seed, faces Killian Raust (Costa Rica) and PedroPinto in round one, while Parkes, the number two Australian seed, willsurf against Tyler Newton (USA) and Benjamin Walter. Salisbury has drawnVincente Romero and Cristobal De Col (Peru).

More than 1,000 surfers from nine of the world’s renowned surfingregions competed in King of The Groms global qualifying events duringrecent months, with only the winners receiving direct main-event seedsto compete in France this week.

The Quiksilver King of The Groms 48-man main event draw mirrors that ofthe ASP World Championship Tour, with a non-elimination round one,followed by man-on man knockout heats from round two onwards.

The surf is expected to pick up tonight, with excellent waves predictedin the four-to-five foot (1.5 – 2m) range.

The Quiksilver King of The Groms is live webcast on:www.quiksilver.com/groms

Check-in for surfers and crew at 8 AM GMT +2 tomorrow morning onCapbreton’s famous beach-break, la Piste, France.

Main Event – Round 1:
Heat 1 Pola Pablo vs. Jabour Kiron vs. Bailey Bear
Heat 2 Huscenot Maxime vs. Leboulch david vs. Poulou Jocelyn
Heat 3 Veminardi Medi vs. Peterson Crisanto vs. Fontaine Ian
Heat 4 Woods James vs. Lacomare Marc vs. Azurza Mario
Heat 5 Layer Albee vs. Clark Thomas vs. Palmarini Hugo
Heat 6 Muniz Alejo vs. Martin Charles vs . Alves Francisco
Heat 7 Wiernicki Kris vs. Laborde Pierre Valentin vs. Robin Ugo
Heat 8 Wright Owen vs. Raust Killian vs. Pinto Pedro
Heat 9 Parkes Garrett vs. Newton Tyler vs. Walter Benjamin
Heat 10 Reilly Brent vs. Dantas Wiggolly vs. Curren Nathan
Heat 11 Hawker Ryan vs. Lescano Mario vs. Bulard Kieran
Heat 12 Mc comb Tamaroa vs. Chaudoy Damien vs. Asing Keanu
Heat 13 De Col Cristobal vs. Salisbury Chris vs. Romero Vicente
Heat 14 Von rupp nicolaus vs. Delanne Justin vs. Chamula Thomas
Heat 15 Matsuoka Keito vs. Morais Federico vs. Delpero Edouard
Heat 16 Anwar Muklis vs. Ribeiro Vasco vs. Mangiarotti Guillaume

For trials results, photos and more information on the event pleasevisit Quiksilver.com

Free of rights photos are available on the Quiksilver Pressroom http://press.quiksilver-europe.com King of the Groms 2005, password: kotg05

Australian media contacts:
“JJ” – Quiksilver Australasia Media Manager
+61-3-5261 6000

Steve Robertson
Surfing Australia
+61-407 706 874