The eagerly awaited first stop on this years Nerf Clash of the Groms Series was welcomed by the early summer sun and solid 6 foot plus lines rolling in to Watergate Bay. As part of the Surfaced Pro in association with Quiksilver and Roxy the Juniors took to the waves alongside some of the UK’s best surfers. The new contest format welcomes in a new era in professional surfing and further changes the traditional norm by having each surfer’s highest wave score doubled, awarding powerful impressive wave scores over an accumulation of safe rides.
The Nerf Clash of The Groms Series covers 4 exciting events on the UK Pro Surf circuit, making stops at Watergate Bay with The Surfaced Pro, the UK Schools Surf Championships at Fistral Beach and the Highland Surf Festival in Scotland before returning to the home of The UK Pro Surf Association at Fistral Beach for The Clash of The Groms Finale, giving our new generations of surfing talent an important pathway to hone their competitive skills and promote fresh talent across the UK.
Day 1 of competition saw large crowds gather attracted by the solar warmth to watch our junior surfers in the Under 16 & 18 Boys progress through their preliminary rounds with notable surfing talent naturally emerging as our victors, such as last year’s tour champion Patrick Langdon Dark and South Devon’s Noah Capps.
The 2nd day launched immediately into the exciting quarter finals and semi-finals of the junior divisions with Seth Morris, Alys Barton and Max Hudson all surfing well. The tempo rose as our heats climbed through the stylistic performance of our male and female competitors and grew to a roaring applause as we finished on the ultimate event.
Presentations took place on the beach, basking in the beautiful evening sun and young competitors just as eager for their gifted Nerf guns as the titles themselves clambered around the podium. Ben Sousek from Quiksilver & Cornwall College’s Brender Wilmott awarded our Contestants their prizes and crowned Surfaced Pro & Nerf Clash of The Groms Champions.
We would like to Thank our fantastic event sponsors for their support and we look forward to seeing you all at the UK Schools Surf Championships.