September 29, 2008

Maxime Huscenot Wins the King of the Groms Final in France

The world’s elite U16 surfers have had the honour of closing the 7th edition of the Quiksilver Pro France 2008. For the first time, the sole French stage of the ASP World Tour hosted the world final of the King of the Groms. Following a worldwide qualifying tour, sixteen surfers aged 16 and under came together in the Landes region of south-west France to compete for the much sought-after title of King of the Groms. The Reunionese Maxime Huscenot, dominant throughout the series, showed formidable cool-headedness in this extremely tight final, which he won in the dying seconds. Neck and neck with Matt Banting (AUS), the French surfer won by the finest of margins, by 17.17 points to the Australian’s 17.16. “It was a great final, not easy to win, the level was very high” explained Maxime after his series. In addition to the title, the surfer from Reunion will also have the privilege of competing in the trials for two legs of next season’s ASP World Tour: the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2009 and the Quiksilver Pro France 2009. He will have the immense privilege of rubbing shoulders with the world’s very best surfers. Eight-times World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater and 2007 Rookie of the Year J