The inaugural Maz Quinn's Quiksilver King of the Groms was taken out by Raglan surfer Ben Poulter today (Sunday 22nd March) at Wainui Beach, Gisborne. Poulter will be New Zealand's sole representative at the international Quiksilver King of the Groms held in France later in the year after dominating todays Under 16 Boys final..
Wainui Beach turned on some good waves on day two of the event with 1.0m waves. However the wind did swing to the south making life difficult for New Zealand's best young surfers to compete.
Poulter obliterated his opponents all weekend with his committed surfing that saw him consistently place among the top scorers. In the 25-minute final he posted 16.0 out of a possible 20 points to easily win out over his opponents.
"Yeah this is the biggest win of my life" commented Poulter. "I can't believe I have won the chance to represent New Zealand and compete in France, I am so looking forward to it, it is going to be hard but I can't wait."
Poulter got the impeccable start to the final jumping to his feet as the starting hooter sounded. He proceeded to complete several massive backhand turns finishing on the beach for a 9.0 point ride with only 30 second gone in the final.
"I was real happy to get that nine straight away" said an awe struck Poulter. "I just had to get a back up quickly after that to put the pressure on the others and then I could be patient out the back and it all worked out well right through to the end".
1. Ben Poulter
2. Todd Doyle
3. Tane Wallis
4. Paul Moreiti