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 over twenty years, 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.
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 and more. Plus, two lucky participants will win one of two custom T&C surfboards.
Surfboard must not exceed 2 feet over competitors head. Soft top boards are fine as long as they meet the height requirement.
Round nose longboard must exceed 3 feet over competitors head. Soft top boards are fine as long as they meet the height and nose requirement.
Competitors may use any size appropriate bodyboard, be flexible, and shall include some portion of soft exterior skin. Fins & leashes highly encouraged.
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 as well! 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 child competing in the event. Bring your keiki, get your “Wheel barrel,” “Swan,” or other favorite tandem maneuver ready. Entry is free and limited to the first ten teams. Prizes and medals are awarded to the top three teams. See you there!
Kuhio Beach – Queen’s surf break
T&C Surf Grom Contest Open Division – competition 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kuhio Beach – Baby Queen’s surf break
T&C Surf Grom Contest Kokua Division 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (times subject to change)
T&C Surf Grom Contest Kokua Division – awards 2:30 p.m. (time subject to change)
Kuhio Beach – Queen’s surf break
T&C Surf Grom Contest Open Divisions prelims and finals 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FreeSurf Expression Session tandem event (time subject to change)
T&C Surf Grom Contest Open Division – awards 3:30 p.m. (time subject to change)