Features Mckenzie Bowden off to Fiji!

Published on May 12th, 2013 | by nzsm

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Volcom VQS – Taking on the storm!

When the first real southerly front of the year hits the coast of Gisborne, most sane people throw a match on the fire and rug up with a warm bowl of soup, but not the adventurous, non conformitive bunch at Volcom. They throw a contest in wild weather and swell expected to start rolling in at 20 foot by the end of the day. Their catch phrase says it all “Youth against establishment” So while the established kids were staying warm at home in front of the playstation while mum brought them Milo’s a bunch of kids from all over the country were out at Wainui Beach’s ‘No Access’ break  battling the elements.

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With divisions from the micro groms called squids through to the Pro- Am U20 division Volcom along with Gisborne Boardriders put on a hell contest with some hell prizes up for grabs. The golden carrot of the event was the prize of entry and airfare to compete in the VQS World Champs which will be held in between the quarter and semi final of the World Tour proper Volcom Pro Fiji, so in a nutshell it meant the highest placed kiwi ( a couple of Ozzie lads came for the trip and were ineligible for the prize) would be getting to surf Cloudbreak or Restaurants during the World Tour, and they don’t hold those events in average surf! A dream come true for any surfer let alone a grom. Blasted by bitterly cold winds and heavy rain squalls, in between the sun came out and despite a rising mega swell and a heavy sweep up the coast there were a few good waves for the  groms.

The day before the contest was pumping barrels all up and down the beach, but as soon as star contest MC Luke Cederman rolled into town the wind took one look at him and swung onshore and became gale force, Luke wasn’t at all surprised, his roll with dud Gizzy missions continues. So groms you can all blame Luke for the surf you faced.
At the end of the day the groms had been giving it everything all day and were still pumped and excited at the end of the day, so a big congrats must go out to you all for being in such good spirits.
The two ozzie lads Ben Penny and Jamie Krups from Sydney were pretty impressive with the latter taking out both the Junior and Pro- Am division before buckling over and collapsing from near hypothermia. Mckenzie Bowden placed second meaning he would win the Ticket to the VQS World Champs, so a big congrats to Mckenzie.. Well done mate!

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