Daniel Glenn: the US King of the Groms

Daniel Glenn is the new 2012 Quiksilver US King of the Groms. Sixty four of the best surf groms in the country, aged 8-16, have met in Huntington Beach to fight for a trip to the Quiksilver King of the Groms World Championships, in France.

"Growing up in Florida, I had always dreamed of winning the Quiksilver King of the Groms," said Daniel Glenn. "Now that I have won in the US, I have a chance to make my dream come true by competing in France!"

From the very first heat it was Daniel Glenn who took control. He managed to dispose of two of the top competitors early putting them out of contention before the end of the first round.

Newly crowned US Amatuer Champ Kanoa Igarashi and current Under-18 ISA world junior champion Kalani David put it to Glenn, posting scores in the 8 range, but Glenn was not to be intimidated and posted a last minute 8.83 for a frontside air reverse.
Ultimately setting himself up for a 5 skin winning streak and the pole position after the first round.

Because Glen was in the first heat of round 1 this would mean he would be in heat 16 of round two (last of the day) and if someone got on a winning roll there was nothing he could do but watch.

Hirota Ohara managed to get 4 skins before losing but it was Davis Freud that put on a great show. Freud won five heats back to back before eventually running out of heats to surf. This meant he was now tied for the lead and unless Glen won the last heat, sothere would be a surf off.

In deteriorating shore break surf, one of Glens competitors got off to a quick lead and left him out the back needing a 6.5. With a few minutes to go, Glen took off on a good looking wave, gave it his all and threw down the claim.

He was awarded a 7.83 and the KOTG title. The "Best Maneuver" $250 prize was given to Horoto Ohara, for a huge forehand Aerial Reverse.

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