Kids from ages three to twelve convene from all sides of the island chain to compete in shortboard, longboard, and bodyboard divisions, along with the kokua division and the FreeSurf Magazine Expression Session, where parents and kids get to ride waves together.
Owner and founder of T&C Surf, Craig Sugihara proclaims, “The arrival of summer creates a lot of anticipation for so many reasons – the end of school, long sunny days, south swells and the GROM Contest.
The T&C Grom Contest will begin first thing the morning of Saturday, June 1st at with the Kokua division on the inside at Baby Queens and the bigger kids at Queens.
Each contestant receives a goodie bag full of cool prizes from the event sponsors including Dakine, RVCA, Vans, Vertra, and of course, T&C Surf Designs.
Founded in 1971 by surfboard shaper Craig Sugihara, T&C Surf operates three divisions: surfboards, retail and licensing.
This contest is different from most keiki events because it allows only contestants who have not entered ranked competitive surf organizations such as NSSA or HASA, and in turn creates a more relaxed environment for those new to surf competition.
And for the past 20 years, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii’s partnership with T&C Surf has always been aligned with T&C Surf’s mission – to create greater futures for our youth.
The Kokua division is for keiki three to eight years of age, and allows for the parents and family to Kokua, or help get our smallest surfers some fun waves.
Some of Hawaii’s most influential surfers, from Duke Kahanamoku to Carissa Moore began surfing at this very spot, and many of today’s top pro surfers who now compete on the World Tour, got their competitive start at this grom contest.
Read more here: Surfer Mag