Kuta, Bali Tuesday 10th April 2007- Power surfing and wave knowledge exposed by South Nias ripper Alex Buulolo who took out the Quiksilver ‘King of the Groms’ competition at Sorake Beach, South Nias last Saturday 7th April 2007.
Sorake Beach, a world class wave on the far north western end of Indonesia awoke from its quiet ambience as Quiksilver, the leading outdoors apparel brand held its fifth ‘King of the Groms’ under 16 junior surfing competition in Indonesia for 2007.
Held in perfect sunny four foot conditions the contest had all the signs for an amazing surfing event. Rain however howled through by the semi finals reminding us just how unpredictable tropical weather may be.
With fantastic junior surfing throughout the day from local junior surfers, it was just enough action for the clouds to back off during the final to give spectators a glimpse of the progression on junior surfing in the region.
Alex Buulolo, a strong natural footer pleased the judges with vertical maneuvers and smooth surfing throughout the day which respectfully earned him the crown. A riveting final that placed Robbi Buulolo a close runner up. Another crowd favorite Kristof Wau displayed finesse but came stuck with the current and breaking waves to get caught inside towards the dying minutes of the final but accomplished a relatively confident defeat over Ivan Jendrato who came fourth.
Alex and chaperone will be flying to Bali for the regional final competing against ‘King of the Groms’ winners from all over Indonesia and neighboring countries Taiwan and the Philippines.
“I’m really excited about coming to Bali for the South East Asian Final. I can’t wait to see how other kids my age are surfing” says winner Alex Buulolo “This has been a dream come true for me.”
Quiksilver would like to thank the Sorake Beach Community for their assistance and participation during the “King of the Groms’ competition. A fantastic response and a positive direction towards professional junior surfing in Nias.
1. Alex Buulolo
2. Robbi Buulolo
3. Kristof Wau
4. Ivan Jendrato