Celebrating 25 Years of Grom Surfing
T&C Surf is stoked to announce the 25th Annual T&C Surf Grom Contest presented by Duke's Waikiki. Join the T&C family at Queen's, the premiere South Shore surf break under the shadow of the legendary Duke Kahanamoku for a weekend of surf, sand and sun.
Since 1997, the mission of the T&C Surf Grom Contest has been to get more of Hawaii's youth in the water with a non competition style event. For a quater of a century, unrated groms have enjoyed this specialty event at Queen's Break right in the heart of Waikiki. This family friendly two-day contest is open to inspiring surfers ages 12 and younger who want a taste of competitive surfing in a fairly mellow setting. The Grom Contest is designed so all entry level surfers are eligible to surf only one division providing more kids a chance to compete. The ever popular Kokua Division allows parents to assist their keiki and help them catch waves! It gives the youngest of surfers the opportunity to take part in a contest with some extra support from a grown-up.
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. The general rule of thumb is groms who have participated in NSSA or HASA or any other organized competitive surfing branch are strictly prohibited. “This is the greatest thing we do. It’s our way of giving back,” says T&C Surf president and founder Craig Sugihara. “This is the next generation and we’re giving back to the kids that aren’t already doing contests. We look forward to doing this event all year and couldn’t be happier to host it.” The contest is usually at full capacity each year, so make sure to get your entry form in early. All contestants receive a contest T-shirt, lunch courtesy of Duke's Waikiki and a goodie bag.
We are extremely thankful to all of our sponsors who are helping to make this day special for the kids. The smiles and pure stoke the kids will experience will be priceless. We are grateful for your generosity.
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Groms ages 12 and younger take to the waves vying for top spots in shortboard, longboard and bodyboard divisions. Preliminary heats are run with the top six advancing to the next round.
The kokua division allows parental assistance in the line up, where a child may be pushed into a wave. Due to the high volume of kokua competitors a special awards ceremony will follow the kokua heats on Saturday afternoon with all kokua competitors receiving a medal and the opportunity to win prizes.
The event wraps up on Sunday, with final heats, awarding the top six in each division receive medals and prize packs filled with surf products from event sponsors like Dakine, Vertra, Vans, RVCA, Futures Fins, and Asato Family Shop. Plus, two lucky participants will win a custom T&C surfboards. Mahalo to all of our sponsors who help to make this day special for the kids. The smiles and pure stoke the kids will experience each year is priceless. We are grateful for your generosity.
Specialty Tandem Event
On Sunday, the grown-ups get to join in on the action during the FreeSurf Magazine Expression Session. “Four score and some 15 years ago Manulele Media got involved with the T&C Grom Fest and created the “quality time” division! "We are still as thrilled as the very first event to be a part of this fun filled south shore event!” says Mike Latronic, President of Manulele Media. This ohana-style tandem surf-off is open to adults accompanied by a competitor or sibling of a participant competing in the event (child must be 3-6 years old). Bring your keiki, get your “wheel barrel,” “swan,” or other favorite tandem maneuver ready. Entry is limited to the first ten teams. Prizes and medals are awarded to the top three teams.
Competitor must be a Hawaii resident. By entering this event, the competitor declares that he/she is a Hawaii resident. Competitor may be asked to provide proof of residency and if unable to do so, competitor entry will be denied.
Please do not enter a division if you are under or over the age stated on June 3, 2023, failure to comply will result in immediate disqualification.
Contest is limited to the first 390 competitors to register and submit payment. Must be a Hawaii resident. NON REFUNDABLE $30 entry fee.
Competitors are limited to ONE SINGLE division only. Our goal is to allow as many kids as possible the chance to experience the opportunity to compete.
NO REFUNDS will be issued if you decide to rescind your entry. No exceptions.
Children who have participated in NSSA or HSA or any other organized competitive surfing branch are strictly PROHIBITED from participating in ANY division. It does not matter if your child has participated only once, or a few years back in a competitive surfing event, they are forbidden to enter the T&C Surf Grom Contest in ANY capacity. If your child has participated competitively as a shortboarder, your child is ineligible to enter the contest as a longboarder or bodyboarder. Again, they are strictly forbidden to enter the T&C Surf Grom Contest in ANY capacity.
Competitor's division will be determined by their age as of June 3, 2023. Thus, for example you want to enter your child in the shortboard division and they are 8 years old right now, but turn 9 before or on the 4th of June, you will need to enter your child into the 9 to 10-year-old division. Competitors must compete within their age division determined by their age on the day of the contest. Surfing up or down a age division is prohibited.
The FreeSurf Expression Session is open only to families who have a child in the contest. Child must be 3-6 years old and either be a participant in the contest or have a sibling in competing in the contest.
Wave Assist: Parental assist will not be permitted for any division except the Kokua division which will be held inside at Baby Queen's.
Judges: Each wave reviewed and judged on a point system based on HASA judging criteria. Your combined judges scores will be your final score.
Judging Criteria: Judging will be focused on the HSA criteria for high performance surfing and focused on major maneuvers with combinations and variety in the most critical sections of the waves submitted. Barrels will be considered but need to be combined with major scoring maneuvers to reach top scoring potential.
The results of the grom contest will be published online after the completion of the contest.
Goodie Bags: All competitors will receive a goodie bag and lunch from Duke's Waikiki only on their first day of competing. If your child misses their heat or you rescind from the contest, your child will not be eligible to receive a goodie bag. The child who moves up from the waitlist into the competition will be receiving the goodie bag.
Prizes: Top six competitors in each division will win medals and prize packs. All kokua competitors will receive a medal.
Thanks to the T&C Grom Contest sponsors: Duke's Waikiki, FreeSurf Magazine, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Dakine, RVCA, Vertra and Vans.
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Disclaimer: Per CDC/WHO/Local, State, and National Guidelines T&C Surf reserves the right to cancel the Grom Contest if deemed unsafe for its competitors based on safety, rules, and regulations.
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Competitors are limited to ONE division only. Our goal is to allow as many kids as possible the chance to experience the opportunity to compete.
The general rule of thumb is children who have participated in NSSA or HSA or any other organized competitive surfing branch are strictly prohibited from participating in ANY division. It does not matter if your child has participated only once, or a few years back in a competitive surfing event, they are forbidden to enter the T&C Surf Grom Contest in ANY capacity. If you child has participated competitively as a shortboarder, your child is ineligible to enter the contest as a longboarder or bodyboarder. Again, they are FORBIDDEN/INELIGIBLE to enter the T&C Surf Grom ConTest in ANY DIVISION.
Your child's division will be determined by their age as of June 3, 2023. So if, for example you want to enter your child in the shortboard division and they are 8 years old right now, but turn 9 before or on the 3rd of June, you will need to enter your child into 9-10 year old division.
If your child is waitlisted, it means that they are on stand by for the heat that was submitted on the entry form. Please check the heat sheets on line posted a few days before the contest. Check to see when that division is slated to compete. You should then show up at the event prior to the division you are waitlisted for is competing. If there is a no show for the heat being called, the Beach Marshall will then replace the competitor with the entrant who is on the waitlist in the order that they are waitlisted.
If your child is waitlisted, they are not eligible for a goodie bag or complimentary lunch or beverages. If your child makes it off of the waitlist and into the contest, then your child will become eligbile for a goodie bag, lunch and beverages.
As per our rules, no refunds will be issued if you decide to pull out. No exceptions. Only entrants who were waitlisted and did not make it in to the contest will be refunded.
Please arrive at the beach at least one hour before your scheduled heat time. First heat of each days check in is at 7:45am for 8:00am start. Please check in when your name is called. You will then proceed to the head judge’s tent for your jersey color. Heat sheets are subject to change, so please arrive early. If you are not scheduled to compete on the first day of the contest, you do not need to be present at the event.
The Kokua division is held on Saturday and the FreeSurf Expression Session is held on Sunday.
For all other open divisions: shortboard, longboard or bodyboard we won't know when the participants are surfing until we creates the heat sheets. We don't make these until about a week out from the event so we can check the surf report and the conditions on the days of the event. Safety is our top priority for the competitors. We like to make sure the younger competitors are surfing when the waves are smaller and the older participants compete when the waves may be larger in case there is high surf for the weekend. To find out about heat sheets see Q&A about heat sheets.
Heat sheets will be posted on-line a few days before the contest. The heat sheets are subject to change and my be updated a few times prior to the contest, so please check back.
The safety of the groms is our number one priority, thus, we need to have the flexibility to update the heat schedule if surf conditions should change. A tentative schedule of all divisions will be on-line a few days before the contest. This schedule is subject to change and may be updated a few times prior to the contest, so please check back. This will be tentative and after assessing the surf conditions each morning of competition, we decide if we need to alter heats for the safety of the competitors.
The Beach Marshall will review the contest rules before each heat enters the water at the check-in area. Surf conditions may change throughout the day, so listen each time the Beach Marshall gives his explanation.
A certified lifeguard will be present in the line up for the safety of all participants at all times.
Absolutely NO PARENTAL ASSISTANCE IS ALLOWED in the line-up with the exception of the Kokua Division. Parents coaching or offering any form of support in the line-up or channel will be grounds for your child disqualification.
Please return your jersey back on the beach to the head judges tent right away. If it is your first heat, pick your contest goody bag after your heat is done. Results will be posted approximately 15 minutes after the end of each heat. If you entered the Kokua division, there is only one heat with no advancement, since everyone is a winner in this division. There will be a separate Kokua awards ceremony once all Kokua heats have been completed.
If your child misses their heat or you rescind from the contest, your child will not be eligible to receive a goodie bag. The child who moves up from the waitlist into the competition will be receiving the goodie bag.
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