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2009 Quiksilver King of the Groms to be crowned this weekend

August 13, 2009
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2008 Quiksilver King of the Groms Under 16 Champion and current joint series leader Michael February will be in action in Southbroom this weekend for the final leg of the 2009 Quiksilver King of the Groms series as he endeavours to defend his title and win a return ticket to France to contest the world final of the Quiksilver King of the Groms. Photo by Barry Tuck/Quiksilver

2008 Quiksilver King of the Groms Under 16 Champion and current joint series leader Michael February will be in action in Southbroom this weekend for the final leg of the 2009 Quiksilver King of the Groms series as he endeavours to defend his title and win a return ticket to France to contest the world final of the Quiksilver King of the Groms. Photo by Barry Tuck/Quiksilver

This weekend, the 2009 Quiksilver King of the Gromswill be crowned in Southbroom, KwaZulu-Natal, as the top junior surfers in the country descend on the small coastal town for the final leg of the 2009 series.

The surfers are contesting the grand prize of R22 000 in prize money.

The previous two events took place in Kommetjie, Cape Town, and Mossel Bay, Southern Cape, in March and June respectively. Both the Under 20 and premier Under 16 divisions are closely contested, and this weekend will see the final decisions being made.

The main focus of the competition is the Under 16 division, with the eventual series winner having the opportunity to conpete in the world final of the Quiksilver King of the Groms, which will be held in conjunction with the 2009 Quiksilver Pro France WCT competition. The top ranking at this stage is shared by Michael February and Davey Brand, both from Kommetjie. February won the first event, with Brand in second place, while Brand took the winning spot in the second event, with February in second place.

Brand and February will be focused on winning, as the R3 500 first place series cheque and the ultimate prize to France up for grabs. However, they do face some tough competition with the likes of Daniel Wilson from Kommetjie, Slade Prestwich from Scottburgh and Jerred Veldhuis from Kommetjie securing semi-final finishes at the previous events.

The Under 20 division is also tightly contested, with several surfers all in strong contention to take the title. Sixteen-year-old Beyrick de Vries from Umhlanga Rocks secured an impressive win in Kommetjie, and leads the ratings, while fellow Umhlanga local Chris Leppan and Kommetjie local Brendon Gibbens will make for some challenging competition.

The Quiksilver King of the Groms is presented by Virgin Mobile in association with Resolution, and is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa.

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