Surf Contest: GromPrix presented by HIB and O’Neil June 15, 2013

We had perfect blue skies, with awesome A-frame sets rolling through at Avon Pier for our GromPrix. All the groms battled it out for a free spot into the O’neil/Sweetwater Surf Fest, radical prizes, and of course bragging rights in the lineup. Waves were pumping early AM since it was low tide, but as the day went on these groms has to paddle their hearts out to catch these waves during high tide. It was an all around awesome day from sock races, to belly flop contests, to expression sessions with Brett Barley, Brendon Petticrew, Nigel Haynes, and Dallas Tolson. Congratulations to Quentin Turko for taking the title of the GromPrix Champion!! Way to go and keep shredding!!

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Groms in heat one check out the surf waiting for the horn.

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Heat 1: Parker Sawyer with a nice drop in. Photo: K.Smith

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Heat 1: Parker Sawyer showing off some spray. Photo:K.Smith

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Surfer Nohea Futrell tucks in for a nice little cover up. Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Nohea Futrell showing some moves off the lip. Photo: K.Smith

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The crowd with such a beautiful day. Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer Jahfar Christ. Photo: K.Smith

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Gromprix champion Quentin Turko showing a nice bottom turn in heat 3. Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Gromprix Champion Quentin Turko Photo: K.Smith

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O’Neil rider Laney Brook shows some of these guys how it’s done. Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Quentin Turko Photo: K.Smith

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Laney Brook off the lip – and she landed it. Photo: K.Smith

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Groms had their picks of the waves that’s for sure.

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Surfer: Hunter Collier Photo: K.Smith

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Brody Lewis with a nice turn. Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Evan Micele up on the lip Photo: K.Smith

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Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Evan Micele Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Evan Micele Photo: K.Smith

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Belly Flop contestants

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check out that form. Photo: K.Smith

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Perfect flop form! Photo: K.Smith

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Pops helping out his grom after his heat. Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Cutter Rafty in heat 8 Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Cutter Rafty Photo: K.Smith

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Grom shredding later in the day even with high tide Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Ethan Micele Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Cutty Rafter Photo: K.Smith

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the official Judges of the GromPrix

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just another day in Avon, NC. Photo: K.Smith

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Brett Barley and all his groms charging into the water. Photo: K.Smith

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Paddle battle. Photo: K.Smith

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Brett Barley showing the groms during his expression session. Photo: K.Smith

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Brett pullin airs out of nowhere. Photo: K.Smtih

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Surfer: Brett Barley showing a grom some love. Photo: K.Smtih

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Grom saying how it felt to surf with Pro Surfer Brett Barley. Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Brett Barley Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer Nigel Haynes backside turn. Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Brett Barley Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer Dallas Tolson showed up and joined in the heat. Photo: K.Smtih

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Surfers Dallas and Brett. Photo: K.Smith

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Nice little spray from Brett. Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Dallson Tolson Photo: K.Smith

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Brett Barley off the lip. Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer: Nigel Haynes Photo: K.Smith

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Surfer Brendon Petticrew looking down the line. Photo: K.Smith

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Guppys getting ready to shred with the pros. Photo: K.Smith

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Guppys getting their stretch in before paddling out. Photo: K.Smith

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Brett Barley going out in style. Photo: K.Smith

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Awards. Congrats Quentin!!!! Photo: Brent