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 contest will be held virtually this year. We aren't going to let the pandemic steal our surfing spirit for another year. This year's virtual contest is open to inspiring surfers ages 6 to 12 years old who want a taste of competitive surfing. The Grom Contest is designed so all entry level competitors are eligible to surf only one division providing more kids a chance to compete.
Although we won't be gathering together on the beach this year, we encourage you to gather your family at Queens in Waikiki and join in the competition this year as it goes virtual. The entry fee is just $10 per competitor and all proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii. Put on your leash, grab your board and go surf and show us your best wave! It's easy - register and submit payment to enter online, then upload a video of your best wave in your division to be judged by our panel of judges.
T&C Surf 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 the event this year and couldn’t be happier to host it virtually.” The contest is usually at full capacity each year, so make sure to register online early as do have a cap of 250 competitors. The top 3 competitors in each division will be awarded with medals and prize packs filled with surf products from event sponsors like Dakine, Vertra, Vans, RVCA and more. Plus, one lucky participant will win a custom T&C surfboard.
Groms ages 6 to 12 years old can take to the waves competing virtually in shortboard, longboard and bodyboard divisions. Competitor submissions will close at 11:59pm PST on July 31st.
Final contest results will be announced on August 20, 2021 on this website and on our Grom Contest Facebook page so be sure to follow us there.
Shortboard, longboard and bodyboard requirements are outlined for your safety when competing.
Surfboard should not exceed 2 feet over competitors head. Soft top boards are fine as long as they meet the height requirement.
Round nose longboard should 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 and leashes highly encouraged.
Kuhio Beach – Queens surf break
Competitors have 8 weeks to capture their best wave surfed and submit video content online for judging.