SURF CONTEST TO INSPIRE YOUNG GROMS
HONOLULU (March 25, 2014) - T&C Surf is
stoked to announce the 17th Annual T&C Surf / Surfer Magazine
Grom Contest presented by Chili's Grill & Bar. Join the T&C
family at Queen's surf break in Waikiki for a weekend
full of surf, sand and sun.
The event gives inspiring surfers age 12 and
younger the opportunity to compete at one of
the South Shore's premier surf breaks. Groms take on the
waves at Queen's surf break in the shadow of the legendary Duke
Kahanamoku statue at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki.
T&C Surf and Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, our non-profit
partner, produces the event each year to introduce young surfers to
the world of competitive surfing in a less-intense setting. Only
surfers age 12 and younger who have never participated in NSSA or
HASA or similar ranked events may compete. We are anticipating more
than 300 entries for this year's contest.
"The Grom Contest is an annual highlight.
We have worked to refine the focus on the event on fun.
It is all about getting new kids in the water and sharing the
stoke of surfing! The smiling faces of the kids never get old."
says Craig Sugihara, president and founder of T&C Surf. The
contest has grown so popular that T&C Surf added a kokua
division a few years ago for keiki ages 3 -6 years old. This
division has been maxing out and organizers expect the same this
year. Adults are allowed in the line-up during these heats to help
little ones catch waves. It gives the youngest of surfers the
opportunity to take part in a contest with some extra support from
a grown-up. The addition of a kokua division follows an increase in
divisions for girls over the past several years. T&C Surf now
offers three age groups for girls in both shortboard and longboard
The expanded offerings bring parents, uncles,
aunties and kids from across the island chain
to Waikiki Beach for a full weekend at the ocean.
The fun kicks off Saturday with preliminary heats in three
divisions for boys and girls: shortboard, longboard and bodyboard
(schedule is subject to change). Passing the time between heats,
kids enjoy beach games with opportunities to score prizes from
their favorite surf brands. Before the sun sets, the top young
surfers will advance to the finals on Sunday.
Kids also get stoked about being in the
spotlight of Surfer Magazine, the shared title sponsor of the
event. Many of Hawaii's notable surfers, who now grace the
pages of surf magazines worldwide, got their start at this grom
"Surfer Magazine couldn't be more proud to
support T&C's Grom Contest again for 2014. We've
partnered up with T&C for years on this because we know its
impact on each and every grom that participates" says Jeremy
Schluntz, Associate Publisher of Surfer Magazine.
"Craig, Linda and the entire crew have created an annual tradition
that celebrates kids of all levels and ability and gives them
memories that will last a lifetime."
Adults can also get in on the fun by signing up
for the FreeSurf Magazine Expression Session. Grown-ups join keiki
in a special adult/child tandem surf event that gives them the
opportunity to share the waves family style. "Nothing brings me
more excitement and optimism for the world than to see the smiling
faces of young kids and their families gathered at the beach for a
fun day of surfing. The T&C Grom Contest is just that and we're
very proud to be part of it" says Mike Latronic, publisher of
FreeSurf Magazine. The Expression Session is open to all adults and
children (under age 5). On-site entry is free (limited to 10
entries) and prizes and trophies are awarded to the top three
The event wraps up with the final heats on
Sunday, where the top six in each division receive trophies and
prize packs filled with surf products from event sponsors and the
opportunity to win one of two custom T&C Surf boards.
The Board Stories film crew will be on-site to
capture all the action in the water for a segment on Board Stories
TV this summer.
The Grom Contest is designed so all entry level
surfers ages 3-12 years old are eligible to surf only one division
providing more kids a chance to compete. The two-day event will be
staged over the weekend of May 17th and 18th, with
competitors meeting at Queen's, Waikiki on Oahu at 7am
T&C T&C Surfer Grom Contest is
presented by Chili's Grill & Bar and supported by GoPro,
Dakine, Vans, Naked Juice and BoardStories. The Boy's & Girls
Club of Hawaii has been the local non profit partner for the event
for many years now.
Entry forms are available at all T&C Surf
locations, online at TCSurf.com/grom14
and on Facebook (keyword Grom Contest). A portion of the proceeds
from contest T-shirt sales will be donated to the Boys & Girls
Club of Hawaii. The public can call 808-483-8711 for more
About T&C Surf
Founded in 1971 by surfboard shaper Craig
Sugihara, T&C Surf operates three divisions: surfboards, retail
and licensing. The surfboard division operates from a state-of-the
art shaping facility in Wahiawa. It provides our highly
skilled board shapers with the best tools for designing and
producing some of the world's most sought-after boards. The retail
division includes six locations on Oahu; Ala Moana Center, Kahala
Mall, Pearlridge Shopping Center, Ward Center, and Windward Mall.
The licensing division has agreements around the world,
including Japan, Brazil, Australia and New
Zealand. Visit us online at TCSurf.com.