Wiggolly Dantas (Bra) : photo Damien Poullenot/KOTG '05 (click image to enlarge)
KING OF THE GROMS
The International Final
ASP Europe Under-16 International Event
2 to 7 August 2005
The Quiksilver King of The Groms is live webcast on: www.quiksilver.com/groms
Big Scores and upsets at Quiksilver King of the Groms
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 06 August, 2005 : - - Local French grommets showed today that they would be a force in the future of competitive surfing. The world's best Under 16 year old surfers are here for the inaugural Quiksilver "King Of The Groms" event at La Piste, a beachbreak near Capbreton.
Waves today dropped from yesterday's swell peak but still offered contestable half to one metre surf. Organisers decided to take advantage of the good swell and ran right through the quarterfinals with the semi-finals and finals scheduled for a morning start on Sunday.
Of the sixteen surfers in Round 4, three were from France with five more from the French Territories of Reunion Island, Tahiti and Guadalupe.
Local hero Marc Lacomare had the support of the crowd here as the young Hossegor grommet defeated Kris Wiernicki of Florida in Round 4 and then stopped the 13-year-old Brazilian hotshot Peterson Crisanto in the quarterfinals. Crisanto had scored the only perfect 10 of the entire contest in Round 4 and appeared to be on a roll towards the final until Lacomare used his local knowledge to win through to tomorrow's semis.
The only Australian to make it through to the fourth round, Owen Wright, suffered a shortage of good rides in his heat against Brazil's Wiggolly Dantas. Dantas has been inspirational, often scoring 9's in this event, and defeated the Aussie 14.75 to 14.00. Dantas went on to cruise to a huge victory in the quarterfinals over Damien Chaudoy and will meet Marc Lacomare in the first semi-final tomorrow morning.
When Wiggolly Dantas was interviewed immediately after his quarterfinal win he simply said: "I am just going to get the final and win it". After his performance today few here on the beach doubt that he is the grommet to beat.
The most disappointed surfer today was Charles Martin from Guadalupe who has been in great form here this week. Martin set the highest score of the contest in Round 2 with a total of 19.45 out of a possible 20 and was leading his fourth round heat over California's Brent Reilly when Martin suffered an interference penalty. That ended the talented Caribbean surfer's run and catapulted Reilly into the quarterfinals.
The Central American country of Costa Rica was well represented by Killian Raust who has made it through to the semi-finals after contesting three heats today. In his round 3 heat he defeated France's Pierre Valentin Laborde, then he beat Tahitian Jocelyn Poulou in Round 4 and went on to down France's Pablo Pola in the quarter-finals.
Killian Raust will meet the tiny Tahitian Tamaroa McComb in tomorrow's second semi-final after the 13 year old accounted for Brent Reilly in the last of today's quarterfinals.
Alongside Quiksilver's King title there is a local European girls event sponsored by Roxy; the "Queen Of The Groms". Tomorrow the semi-finals and finals of both the boys and girls events will be finalized. The "King Of The Groms" champion will win a spot in the Trials of three WCT events: "The Quiksilver Pro Japan" later this month, "The Quiksilver Pro France" in late September and "The Quiksilver Pro" on the Gold Coast of Australia in March 2006.
Check-in for surfers and crew at 9:00 AM Sunday morning on Capbreton's famous beach-break, la Piste, France.
The Quiksilver King of The Groms is live webcast on: www.quiksilver.com/groms
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Upcoming "King of the Groms Heats:
MARC LACOMARE FRA
WIGGOLLY DANTAS BRA
KILLIAN RAUST CR
TAMAROA MC COMB TAH
Upcoming "Queen of the Groms Heats:
CAMILLE DAVILA REU
GARAZI SANCHEZ EUK
MARIA GUERRA PORT
CANNELLE BULARD REU
ALIZE ARNAUD FRA
MARIE DEJEAN FRA
ALIX CRANET FRA
EMMA NEUSCHWANGER REU
For all results, photos and more information on the event please visit http://www.quiksilver.com/groms, click RESULTS'
Aussies bundled out of International Grommet Event
All three U/16 Australian surfing hopefuls have been bundled out of Quiksilvers prestigious international King of The Groms event being held in the beachbreaks of Capbreton, France.
Owen Wright (Culburra, NSW), Chris Salisbury (Newport Beach, NSW) and Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay, NSW) were eliminated in man-on-man clashes in the inaugural competition, with Wright the last to fall yesterday after an unsuccessful round four encounter against surprise talent Wiggolly Dantas (Brazil).
All three surfers were gunning for the most important win of their young careers, with the winner eventually being crowned, then flown to compete in three of the biggest professional tournaments in the world the Quiksilver Pros in France, Japan and Australia.
In clean two-to-four foot (1m) conditions at La Piste, Wright, a favourite for the crown, managed to advance one round further than his fellow Aussies but eventually went down to Dantas 14.00 pts 14.75, based on each surfers two highest scoring waves.
Wright suffered a shortage of good against Dantas who has been inspirational, often scoring 9 point rides or higher in the event. The Brazilian maintained his momentum in the quarter finals, cruising to victory over Reunion Islands Damien Chaudoy, and will now meet Marc Lacomare in the first semi-final tomorrow morning.
When Dantas was interviewed immediately after his quarterfinal win he simply said: "I am just going to get the final and win it". After his performance, few on the beach doubted that he is the grommet to beat.
The performance by the Brazilian signals a significant charge by internationals who have enjoyed great success the past five days. With just the semis and final remaining, four different nations are represented. Local Marc Lacomare will meet Dantas in semi one, while Costa Rican Killian Raust will meet Tahitian Tamaroa McComb in semi two.
Australian surfing great and two-time world champion Tom Carroll has been astounded by the talented field and the many unknowns who have dominated the meet.
These grommets have been surfing amazingly, said Carroll from France. The ability of these kids, and the depth of their talent is a fantastic. To see so many regions represented at such a high level not only justifies an event like the King of The Groms, but is a hugely positive omen for the future of the sport.
Local hero Marc Lacomare had the support of the crowd as the young Hossegor grommet defeated Kris Wiernicki of Florida in round four and then stopped the 13-year-old Brazilian hotshot Peterson Crisanto in the quarterfinals. Crisanto had scored the only perfect 10 of the entire contest in round four and appeared to be on a roll towards the final until Lacomare used his local knowledge to win through to tomorrow's semis.
The most disappointed surfer from day five was Guadalupes Charles Martin who had been in great form all week. Martin set the highest score of the contest in round tow with a total of 19.45 out of a possible 20 and was leading his fourth round heat over California's Brent Reilly when Martin suffered an interference penalty that ended the talented Caribbean surfer's run and catapulted Reilly into the quarterfinals.
Alongside Quiksilver's King of The Groms title there is a local European girls event sponsored by Roxy; the "Queen Of The Groms". Tomorrow the semi-finals and finals of both the boys and girls events will be finalized.
The "King Of The Groms" champion will win a spot in the Trials of three WCT events: "The Quiksilver Pro Japan" later this month, "The Quiksilver Pro France" in late September and "The Quiksilver Pro" on the Gold Coast of Australia in March 2006.
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Les surfeurs locaux ont prouvé aujourdhui quil faudra dorénavant compter avec eux. Les meilleurs surfeurs du monde entier de moins de 16 ans sont présents pour la première édition du Quiksilver « King of the Groms » à Capbreton, sur le spot de la Piste.
Les vagues daujourdhui sont un peu tombés comparé au swell dhier mais il y avait un bon mètre constant. Lorganisation a décidé de profiter de ces bonnes conditions pour lancer la compétition jusquaux ¼ de finales, les ½ finales et la finale sont programmées pour demain matin. Sur les 16 « groms »du 4ème tour, 3 sont originaire de France et 5 des DOM TOM, une bonne augure pour le surf français.
Le local, Marc Lacomare, supporté par la foule a éliminé successivement le floridien Kris Wiernicki au 4ème tour et le jeune prodige brésilien Crisanto Peterson en ¼ de finale. Crisanto a réalisé le meilleur score de la journée en réalisant la perfection avec un 10, le chemin de la finale lui était tout tracé mais Marc Lacomare a utilisé toute sa connaissance des vagues landaise pour se propulser en ½ finale.
Le seul australien présent dans le 4ème tour, Owen Wright, fut éliminé de justesse, 14.75 contre 14 points, par Wiggolly Dantas (Brésil), qui après avoir éliminé Damien Chaudoy (Réunion) par une belle victoire en 1/4 de finale, retrouvera le héros local Marc Lacomare (Hossegor) en ½ finale.
Je vais aller jusquen finale et je vais la gagner sont les mots de Wiggolly Dantas à sa sortie de leau après son ¼ de finale. Pour les personnes présentent sur le site il est sans nul doute lhomme a abattre.
La grosse déception de la journée est celle du Guadeloupéen Charles Martin qui est sûrement lun des meilleurs surfeurs présents à Capbreton. Après avoir réalisé le meilleur score de la compétition hier avec un 19.45/20 et mené sa série dans le 4ème tour, il prit une pénalité dinterférence qui lui coûta la victoire.
Le surfeur Killian Raust originaire du Costa Rica sest qualifié pour les ½ finales après avoir éliminé Pierre Valentin Laborde (Fra), puis Jocelyn Poulou (Tah) et enfin Pablo Pola (Fra) en ¼ de finale. Il sera opposé au prochain tour au tahitien Tamaroa Mc Comb.
A débuté aujourdhui le « Queen of the Groms » une compétition européenne organisé par ROXY. Le King of the Groms se verra offrir une invitation pour les qualifications de 3 WCT (championnat du monde) : Quiksilver Pro France, Quiksilver Pro Japan et Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (Aus).
Rendez-vous demain à 9h00 à la piste pour les ½ finales et la finale.
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