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Kommetjie local Davey Brands is the King of the Groms’ second leg winner!

June 15, 2009

Quiksilver King of the Groms Under 16 Champion Davey Brand. Photo by Barry Tuck/Quiksilver

Quiksilver King of the Groms Under 16 Champion Davey Brand. Photo by Barry Tuck/Quiksilver

The second leg of the Quiksilver King of the Groms has seen Kommetjie local Davey Brand crowned King of the Groms and winning the R3 500 winner’s cheque in the premier Under 16 division.

Heralds Bay in the southern Cape offered some fun conditions for the competitors over the weekend.

The final was a repeat of the first leg’s final in Long Beach in March. Brand was defending himself in competition against fellow Kommetjie local Michael February. He and February are now in tie first on the Quiksilver King of the Groms series ratings, and the final leg will decide the winner.

The last leg takes place in Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal in August. The eventual series winner will take part in the Quiksilver King of the Groms final, which will be held alongside the 2009 Quiksilver Pro France WCT contest.

In the 20 minute final over the weekend, Brand was in the perfect position for the two best waves of the final. He worked the long left-hand walls all the way to the beach, securing a substantial lead over February. However, the latter was the form surfer of the event, and consistently posted impressive scores and overshadowing some big names. He could not find a decent wave in the final, so he needed a combination of scores to pass Brand.

Brand said on the day that the result was great for him, and he was very pleased that he was able to reverse the result from Long Beach.

Two relatively new names emerged in semi-finals, with Victoria Bay local Vincent Whithers putting his local knowledge to good use, upsetting some big names and coming tie in third place. Kommetjie surfer Daniel Wilson also came within seconds of kicking eventual winner Davey Brand out in their semi-final encounter.

The Under 20 division saw Cape Town’s Brendon Gibbens take some big names down when he surfed with confidence and flare, securing his place in the final.

The King of the Groms has become one of the driving forces in finding the exploding surfing talent in South Africa. Competitors fight for R22 000 in prize money.

For more information, visit www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

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