Last year Dustin Cuizon took first place with a cash prize of 2,500 for best air. This year’s event invited surfers such as Cuizon, Fred Pattachia, Macy Mullen, Joel Centeio, Zach Reinhardt, Flea Virostko, Kaupena Miranda, Sean Moody, and Kekoa Bacalso to compete for a total cash prize of 4,000 dollars.
While the surf was limited to soft, one-to-two-foot right hand peelers, the sunny skies and warm Hawai’ian weather brought a ton of spectators out to check out the action.
In the T&C/TransWorld SURF Air Invivational, Brain Paceco, Macy Mullen and Joel Centeio managed to chop hop their way into fourth, third, and second place, respectively. It was Sean Moody’s above-the-lip air reverse, however, that gave the young Hawai’ian first place and the 2,500-dollar winner’s check.
But even the surfers who didn’t win left with something as Dave Skedeleski of Surfco Hawaii continued his tradition of giving out free nose guards and ding repair kits to competitors. In fact, every competitor who entered left with prizes. According to T&C marketing representative Lani Isherwood, “The Grom contest was a great event that helped the youth gain confidence and develop their surfing skills to better prepare themselves for the next level, where the competition gets fierce.”
Indeed, the entire vibe of the contest was laid back — with more smiles than competative vibes or frowns — and helped to showcase the next wave of Hawai’ian surfers rising through the ranks.