Barbadian Brothers of Surf, Josh and Jacob Burke at 2012 Quicksilver King of the Grom
64 World Class Junior surfers U-16 yrs of age converged on the famous Huntington Beach to participate in the 2012 Quiksilver King Of The Grom event with the hopes of winning the prestigious KOTG crown, a trip for two to France to compete during the ASP WCT event while collecting $100 US for each heat win in the skins format which is when the entry fee from each surfer is pooled together as the award money and within each heat a surfer must determine what he feels is his best wave by holding his hands up after the completing the scoring ride, making his “claim” and submitting to the judges the wave for which he’ll be scored. This unique format is both equitable and fair, leveling the playing field as all entrants’ names are thrown into a hat and randomly selected, producing a variety of match-ups throughout the draw.
15 yr old, Josh Burke surfed well caping a skin to an equal 6th place, in his heat for a his quest to a second skin, Burke got one of the highest wave scores however he opted not to claim the wave for the judges to score it in hopes of getting a better one. Due to the inconsistent conditions this proved to be an error and the winner of the heat advanced with a mere 2.33.
Young Jacob Burke at 11 yrs old competing in his first KOTG surfed really well against competitors 4 yrs his elder and although surfed the waves he caught above his usual level was unable to collect a heat win.
Josh surfs his first heat in the NSSA finals on the 29th,will be broadcast live via webcast.