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Postponement For Quiksilver King of the Groms

Thursday 22 March 2012, 8:17AM
By Surfing New Zealand Inc
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Postponement For Quiksilver King of the Groms Maz Quinn's Quiksilver King of the Groms presented by Don't Let The Sun Get Under Your Skin scheduled for this weekend at Gisborne has been postponed due to lack of surf forecasted for the region. The event will now run on the 28-29 April at Gisborne. "I have looked at the reports all week and I cannot see the surf being big enough to compete in, even for the grommets" the event namesakes Maz Quinn said. Quinn has spent his whole life surfing the very coastline where the event is to be held and knows the conditions required for decent surf. "We also have a trip for two to France up for grabs in the Under 16 Boys Division and we want to make sure that New Zealand's best young surfers have a shot at showing their talent in decent surf" added Quinn. The postponement is the second for nationally rated events this year in what has been a summer season of competition plagued by average surf. When the event does get underway in late April, New Zealand's top groms will battle it out in the final event of the domestic season. Four New Zealand representatives will be fresh back from the 2012 World Junior Surfing Championships in Panama with renewed confidence having mixed with the best young surfers in the world. Current ratings leader as Elliot Paerata - Reid (Piha) as well as Jordan Griffin (BOP), Harrison Whiteside (Chch) and Jasmine Smith (Gis) are all set to compete at the Championships which take place in four weeks time. Maz Quinn's Quiksilver King of the Groms presented by Don't Let the Sun Get Under Your Skin also includes several other divisions with the Under 14 and Under 12 Boys Divisions as well as the Under 16 Girls.

The event also sees prizes being awarded for the highest heat score, highest wave score and the best air.

King Of The Groms Honours Roll

Under 16 Boys Division 2005 Ryan Hawker (Piha) 2006 Ryan Hawker (Piha) 2007 Ryan Hawker (Piha) 2008 Alex Dive (Mnt) 2009 Ben Poulter (Rag) 2010 Elliot Paerata - Reid (Piha) 2011 Elliot Paerata - Reid (Piha)

Please see below for the top five ranked surfers in each of the divisions contested at Maz Quinn's Quiksilver King of the Groms presented by Don't Let The Sun Get Under Your Skin.

Under 16 Boys Top 5 1, Elliot Paerata - Reid (Piha) 2, Dune Kennings (Whmata) 3, McKenzie Bowden (Whmata) 4, Jordan Griffin (Mnt) 5, Mahorahora McLeod (Waitara)

Under 14 Boys Top 5 1, Kehu Butler (Arataki) 2, Manu Scott-Arrieta (Sandy Bay) 3, Isaac Kettle (Tara) 4, Taine Craig Ranga (Waihi Bch) 5, Daniel Farr (Tara)

Under 12 Boys Top 5 1, Kehu Butler (Arataki) 2, Tane Bowden (Whmata) 3, Lee Ririnui (Mnt) 4, Jared Gebert (Ohope) 5, William Barnes (Mt)

Under 16 Girls Top 5 1, Gabriella Sansom (Auck) 2, Jasmine Smith (Gis) 3, Dayna Story (Gis) 4, Claudia Fraser (Auck) 5, Bianca Sansom (Auck)