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T&C/Surfer Mag Grom Contest scores solid south swell

T&C; Kokua division poses with Duke © Tony Heff



T&C/Surfer Mag Grom Contest

Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu
17 -18 May, 2014

Groms hit Queen's first solid south swell

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 May, 2014 - Queen’s, Waikiki was invaded by nearly 300 youth competitors with more than 600 parents and friends turning out to cheer them on. Everyone enjoyed the warm and friendly setting that contributed to a great time spent this past weekend at the T&C/Surfer Mag Grom Contest at Queen’s surf break in Waikiki.

Holding an event that’s specifically geared to groms who aren’t competing in HASA or NSSA is important to keeping the next generation of young surfers grounded.

Saturday saw the brave young souls attacking frothy waves at Queen’s, with the seasons first solid south swell serving up sets with 4-6 foot faces in the line up. Light winds and perfect blue skies until the end of the day made for perfect grom photo ops. The kids couldn’t be denied and took to the surf showcasing their moves.

The Kokua Division (push-in) for surfers ages 3-6 took place inside of Baby Queen’s with little monsters delighted to have their chance to feel the glide of riding a wave and the exhilaration, fun and experience of competition. It was clear from the cheering families on the shorelines that this was a highlight of the day maxing out with 84 participants in this division alone. All our beginners in the kokua division were awarded a trophy for their rookie efforts.

The swell continued to roll in on Sunday as the first heat of 9-10 year old boys paddled out at 7am followed by the girls shortly after. The surf on the shores of Waikiki couldn’t have been better for competition allowing the young surfers to showcase their skills.

In between heats, kids participated in fun activities such as stack the wax, water balloon toss, and limbo. Other groms made new found friends on the shore lines and frolicked in the shore break. At lunch, all competitors enjoyed lunch from Chili’s Grill & Bar and cold Naked Juice refreshers.

At Sunday’s end in the “11-12” boys division, Lucas McCoy impressed judges ripping in his heat, confidently taking down his competition Yerxa, Hirokane, Cady, Badham and Steiner. Kailey Krebs took first in the 11-12 girls division beating out Choi, Kauhane, Yen, Silva and Ames who took 2nd through 6th place, respectively.

John Michael Van Hohenstein claimed the boys shortboard in the 9-10 age group and Betty Sakura Johnson won the girls division. Taking home the first place trophy in the boy’s shortboard 6-8 for a second year is a row was Leo Olsen and in the girls division it was Scarlett Schremmer.

Top six surfers in the boys and girls longboard and coed bodyboard divisions in the 6-9 and 10-12 age groups all claimed trophies and awesome prize packs. In the Girls longboard division some fantastic performances showed by 10-12 Shaley Mercado taking first, followed by Ilima Edwards, Ayla Spreacher. Nailing the final, winning first place honors in 6-9 was Kelis Kaleopaa besting her competition Kailey Bogart, and Luluhia Kane.

In Boys Longboard 10-12 division, Kaniela Stewart glided across the waves so well he made it to first place. Benjamin Johansen kept his surfing heritage well and truly alive by taking second place with Gino Coyle taking 3rd place. In the 6-9 division some fantastic performances showed once again that there is some great up- coming longboarders.

Asher Sprecher was in electric form throughout the day’s competition, followed by H.J. Bloomfield, and taking third was Tevai Blomfield Foster for boys division.

Really though, everyone who competed came away winning, with goodie bags for all, lots of waves, a few memorable wipe-outs and a new friendships for all.

The whole weekend was run in great spirits, with two very lucky groms awarded to receive a custom T&C shortboard. Other groms clung to their tiny raffle tickets hoping for their number to be called so they could score almost as big.

Prizes included Go Pro Hero 3+ plus cameras, Globe and Sector 9 decks, Oakley sunglasses, Science bodyboards, Catch Surf Beater Boards and more. All in all, the groms had an awesome weekend that they will remember for days to come.

The sponsors that supported and made this event possible: Surfer Magazine, The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Chili’s Hawaii, Naked Juice, Go Pro, Dakine, Vans, FreeSurf Magazine, and Boardstories.

Lani Isherwood

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