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2009 Quiksilver King of the Groms this weekend!

June 9, 2009

Michael February (Kommetjie), the defending champion in the premier Under 16 division of the Quiksilver King of the Groms, will be going all out to take home the title at the second leg of the 2009 series which takes place in Mossel Bay this weekend. February won the first leg of the series at his home beach in Kommetjie in March, and will be hoping to repeat his performance at Inner Pool, Mossel Bay this weekend (13 and 14 June). Photo © Greg Ewing/Quiksilver

Michael February (Kommetjie), the defending champion in the premier Under 16 division of the Quiksilver King of the Groms, will be going all out to take home the title at the second leg of the 2009 series which takes place in Mossel Bay this weekend. February won the first leg of the series at his home beach in Kommetjie in March, and will be hoping to repeat his performance at Inner Pool, Mossel Bay this weekend (13 and 14 June). Photo © Greg Ewing/Quiksilver

The weekend of 13 and 14 June will see the second leg of the 2009 Quiksilver King of the Groms series take place in Mossel Bay. Several of the top junior surfers in the country will descend on the small town to take part in the event, which has, over the years, become a major force in unearthing South Africa’s surfing talent. The competition’s pot is worth R22 000, so whoever wins will be very pleased!

The premier under 16 division will focus on 2008 Champion Michael February from Cape Town, who started off his campaign of defending his title by winning the first event of the series in Kommetjie, his home waters. However, Davey Brand, also from Cape Town, who was the winner at Mossel Bay in 2008 and also runner-up in the first leg of the series, will be some serious competition.

The under 20 division is set to be even more competitive…the list of entrants includes some of the future surfing stars of South Africa, such as Mossel Bay’s Shaun Joubert, who won last year’s Mossel Bay edition of the Quiksilver King of the Groms.

The competition thus far has seen some surprises, however, with 16-year-old Beyrick de Vries from Umhlanga taking the Under 20 title at the first leg of the year. This put him on top of the series rankings, and he will certainly be more focused than ever. The series, the first of which was held in excellent conditions in Cape Town in March, will see two more events take place, including this one this weekend.

The final event takes place in Southbroom on the weekend of 15 and 16 August. The overall winner of the competition’s Under 16 division will have the opportunity to attend the King of the Groms final in France, while the Under 20 series winner will receive a return ticket to Hawaii.

The competition is presented by Virgin Mobile in association with Resolution, and is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa.

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