NERF, the Hasbro brand behind action-packed blasters, has been announced as the official sponsor for The National Junior Surf Tour, Clash of the Groms.
The series will comprise of four UK Pro Surf Association (UKPSA) events: Surfaced Pro at Watergate Bay, UK Schools Surf Championships at Fistral Beach, Thurso Surf Festival at Thurso Harbour Carpark and Clash of the Groms Decider at Newquay
Each event will attract the best young surfers from across the UK to
compete in seven divisions: Under 12 Open, Under 14 Girls, Under 14 Boys,
Under 16 Girls, Under 16 Boys, Under 18 Girls and Under 18 Boys.
The tour will aim to promote progressive surfing with the judging criteria focusing on quality of manoeuvres. The tabulation will count the best two waves with highest scoring wave doubled.
NERF stands for power, performance, design and heritage, all key factors for the young surfers competing in the Clash of the Groms.
Dave Reed Director of UKPSA said “This is a ground breaking step for development of competitive surfing on the UK Pro Surf Tour, having four Junior events with seven categories will help push the sport in competitors age groups. Many thanks must go to NERF for their support of junior surfers, encouraging them to push their skill levels in competition”
NERF Clash of the Groms Series:
1. Personnel Solutions Surfaced Pro Watergate Bay 3rd – 4th June
2. UK Schools Surf Championships Fistral Beach 10th – 11th July
3. Thurso Surf Festival, Thurso, 27th – 29th October
4. Clash of the Groms Finale, Fistral Beach, 18th – 19th November
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