The King Of The Groms, the competition of note created by Quiksilver, takes place over many continents in order to select the best 18 young surfers for the International Final run during the Quiksilver Pro France 4-13 October.
In total, 20 countries will run at least one event of the circuit in The King Of The Groms Series. In Europe the circuit has been enlarged to include Morocco and Israel. In total 20 dates have been lined up, notably in Ireland, Wales, England, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Canary Islands, Benelux and France.
For the first time, the European Final of The King Of The Groms will be held in Newquay, England from the 25-26 August, just before the Quiksilver Pro Junior UK 4-Star ASP event.
This world Tour is destined to yet again highlight the champions of tomorrow, a fact proven by the past winners such as Jeremy Flores (ISA World Champion, ASP World Tour and winner of the Pipe Masters 2010), the Basque star Aritz Aranburu (elite level Top 44 ASP surfer), Maxime Huscenot (Asp Junior World Champion 2009) and most recently Gabriel Medina and Matt Banting.
Following Aritz Aranburu last year, the double World Champion Tom Carroll will be the ambassador for this new edition of the King Of The Groms. The Australian surfing icon will be present for the two finals, both the European and International.
European King Of The Groms Circuit:
La Torche – 25/26 June
Capbreton – 23/24 July
Freshwater, Wales – 11/12 June
Croyde, Devon – 23/24 July
Ireland – 25/26 June
Bagno Genova – Viareggio – 11 June/11 July
Sopelana (Basque Country) – 09/10 July
Somo (Cantabria) – 16/17 July
Peniche – 09/10 July
Tahiti Beach / Casablanca –28/29 May
Fuerteventura – 14/15 May
Gran Canaria – 28/29 May
Tenerife – Playa de Las Americas – 11/12 June
Guadeloupe – 7/8 May
Martinique – 14/15 May
Saint Martin (Final) – 04/05 June
Herzliya – Dates TBC June/July
Outside Europe, the King of the Groms selects surfers from the International finals held across the Southern Hemisphere including Australia and New Zealand. The next events running this spring include South Africa, North and South America. In total 14 International surfers (outside of Europe) will be selected for the International Final in October.
International King of the Groms Circuit:
North Beach Durban – 22/24 April
Snapper Rock – Gold Coast – 25 Feb
Wainui Beach – Gisborne – 19/20 March
Mazaltan, Mexico – 1/5 Jun
Rio de Janeiro – 18/19 Jun
Lieu TBC – 23/24 July
Bredenne – 03/06 August
Huntington Beach – 21 June
Invites (1 athlete)
Half Way Kuta – Bali – 2/3 June
Winner of the Marmaille Eco Tour – 11 June
The Format of the King of the Groms
European Final in Newquay, England 25-26 Aug 32 surfers qualify.
Top 2 surfers qualify for the International final.
International Final to be held during the Quiksilver Pro France, 4-13 October 18 surfers invited (2 from the European Final and 14 from the International Circuit plus 2 wildcards).