It’s Down to the Top 8 Groms at the Quiksilver King of the Groms at Kuta Beach
Kuta Beach-Bali: After a morning of intense competitive surfing in the Quiksilver King of the Groms South East Asia Final today, its down to the top 8 groms from the lineup of 64 that have been competing since yesterday morning at Half Ways in Kuta Beach Bali, one of which will become the King of the Groms tomorrow.
Those 8 groms will no doubt be tossing and turning tonight with visions of the glory that awaits them should they surf to victory and be crowed the King of the Groms tomorrow… including a trip to France and a Yamaha motorbike The crowning party will take at the Harris Hotel Kuta Beach tomorrow evening starting at 7 pm.
Round 3 started off the action at 7:15 am on a rising tide and in 1-1.5 meter waves. The glassy waves had some of the contestants racking up good scoring waves in the 5-6 point range, but inconsistent wave conditions in some of the heats made it challenging at times during the mornings competition.
For those that made it through their Round 3 heats, it was on to serious man-on-man competition in Round 4. Standouts of the day were Quiksilver Team Rider Andre Julian from West Java, whose brother Sandi Slamet was last year’s King of the Groms winner, together with Koko Mitsua from Nusa Dua and Brian Kusuma from Kuta, who had to take down a charging Andre Anwar for his quarterfinal berth.
When the final heat of the day was completed at just on 12:30 pm, it was time for the micro groms and young beginning surfers to have a go at the Kuta Beach waves in a fun “push in” competition. A total of 8 brave young surfers surfed in two heats and then a final, pushed into the waves by their dads or pro surfers such as Jake Paterson and Wayan “Gobleg” Suyadnya.
Madison Waterfield, who was pushed in by Jake Paterson as her dad Bruce was busy pushing her brother Mikala, was asked how she felt going out in the water to face the mighty Kuta beachbreak. “I was scared at first,” she replied. “Because the waves looked pretty big. But then after catching a couple of the waves and riding them a long ways, I really had fun.” Madison made it into the final but the winners won’t be announced until tomorrow’s awards presentation.
After the action had ended for the day, Quiksilver SEA’s CEO Paul Hutson was very satisfied with how the event was progressing, saying “Its been a good day of competition and fun here at Kuta Beach, and though the waves didn’t pick up as much as we thought today, all indications point towards tomorrow having a good sized swell on tap for the final. We’re looking to send the very best grom in South East Asia to France, and with some bigger waves tomorrow there is no doubt that’s exactly what will happen.”
Tomorrow’s man-on-man quarterfinals will start at 7:00 am, so come down to see the hottest groms in Indonesia and South East Asia competing for the King of the Groms 2010 title, as well as enjoy a clean and beautiful Kuta Beach courtesy of the Quiksilver and Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia beach cleaning crew.
Live heat results are available each day of the contest on Facebook at Indonesian Surfing Championship (Coca-Cola ISC Tour), so if you just can’t make it to Kuta Beach but have access to the Internet you can still keep up with how your favorite grom is progressing through the competition.
The Quiksilver King of the Groms South East Asia Final is presented by Coca-Cola Zero and sponsored-supported by Quiksilver SEA, Harris Resort Kuta-Bali, Yamaha, Men’s Fitness, Trax, Spice, Cosmo Girl, CitaCinta, and Gadis.
The Quiksilver King of the Groms is a Grade 2 Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship Junior Division Event. The contestants in the Under 16 category will receive points towards their 2009 Coca-Cola ISC Junior Championship rankings.