The 2009 Quiksilver King Of The Groms hop, skip and jumped its way up to the chilly waters of Santa Cruz, Saturday February 28, 2009. With fun 1-3 and occasion 4ft inconsistent lines hitting Pleasure Pts 1st Peak, it was more than perfect for the frothing helgies!
The KOG U16 utilizes a "skins" format that offers the kids 2 opportunities to surf if they don't win their heats. For those that do advance, they have the chance to catch fire and get on a roll and each "skin" is worth $100. Andrew Jacobson opened up his account with a trifecta nailing 3 "skins" from heat 3 that would not be contested until the 2nd round hit the water. With a backhand attack of vert slams, speed snaps, and pendulum like timing, his approach looks that it has been honed and perfected at Malibu and its surrounding nooks and points.
Speaking of Malibu, Colton Sarlo son of LA Godfather Allen Sarlo showed the family DNA for ripping has been inherited by bringing home a couple "skins" with an act that made dad proud. Locals Jake Logan and Willie Eagleton and Garrett Colfer weren’t to be shown up in their backyard and pulled down 4"skins" between them. Andrew Jacobson's Rnd 2 campaign was uneventful but his earlier performance kept him atop the leader board. Then came Mr. X., Jordan Heaselgrave who traveled all the way from Barbados to compete, didn't make as much as a boat wake in Rond 1 then came scorching out of the blocks in Rond 2. Jordan rallied hard to catch Jacobson's 3 with a forehand attack that saw the most consistently high scoring claims of the event! The dinger was his 9.5pt ride on a bomb that saw Heaselgrave unleash a series of deep bottom turn to giant carves in the hook and fins free lip blasts that equaled Andrews 3 count which forced the KOG into a sudden death "surf off."
Going into the business end of the event and the pressure cooker on high, Heaselgrave and Jacobson both opened up solid, but held out on claiming rides in the mid 6 and 7 range. Then it was Jacobson who dealt the final blow at around the 10 minute mark where he unloaded off the bottom, sent a Xmas tree fan into a speed check slash on the fat section which propelled him into a close out section with another vert backhand blast to the sounds of his LA Posse's screaming and shouting for him to claim it! Andrew hesitated briefly and then threw his hands in the sky and was rewarded an 8.66 and the title of Quiksilver's King Of The Groms.
One of the most hilarious parts of the event was the Ultimate Paddle Battle where 3 kids had to paddle out to the nearest longboarder (roughly 50 years through the kelp) and back into the beach for $100! It had locals, parents and the kids screaming encouragement, directions and sarcasm at the top of their lungs…..in the end it was a neck and neck battle with Johhny Mel (Peter's son) and Tenzin Mendenhall who just crossed the finish line a few steps ahead of John for the win!
Andrew Jacobson: $400
Jordan Heaselgrave: $300
Colton Sarlo: $200
Willie Eagleton: $200
Frank Curren: $100
Matty Passaquindici: $100
Garrett Colfer: $100
Decker McCallister: $100
Skylar Lawson: $100
Jake Logan: $100