Some of the European surfers vying for the title…
Pierre Rollet – 21 February 1994 (age 15) – France
Pierre Rollet is originally from the Basque Country and surfs in Anglet. A shy and discreet young man, Pierre is gradually establishing himself as one of the best surfers in his age category. Twice vice-champion of France, 5th in the European Final of last year's Quiksilver King of the Groms, Pierre Rollet is a big contender for the European final this time.
Tom Cloarec – 7 January 1994 (age 15) – France
Originally from Brittany, Cloarec now lives in south-west France, where he has become a skilled rider of the Atlantic beach breaks. European Champion in 2008 and French Champion, Tom is one of the rising stars of French surfing. At Zarautz, Tom will be looking to defend his European status and reach the International Final at Hossegor.Ramzi Boukhiam – 14 September 1993 (age 15) - Morocco / Holland
Ramzi Boukhiam, an adopted son of Anglet, is an ardent fan of the Atlantic swells on the coast of south-west France. At Zarautz, he will have the chance to express himself on familiar waves. Three-times Champion of Morocco and 4th in the European Junior Championships, Ramzi will this year be looking to win a ticket to the International Final in Hossegor. Surfing alongside his idols like Kelly Slater, at his favourite spot, would be a dream come true for this young aerial specialist.
Francisco Alves – 26 June 1993 (age 15) – Portugal
Francisco Alves is one of the biggest names in surfing in this age category. A barrel specialist, Francisco loves riding the long waves at Ericeira, Portugal's surfing Mecca. For the 2009 edition of the Quiksilver King of the Groms, the young Portuguese surfer will have a wild card for the European final. But he will be going all out to prove he's worthy of a place in the international final.
Ian Fontaine – 11 June 1993 (age 15) – France
Ian Fontaine is one of those irrepressible Breton surfers, firmly attached to their spots and their roots. Originally from Quimper, Ian was the first Breton to become French Surfing Champion in 2007. Fourth in the ISA Junior World Championships at Seignosse in 2008, his presence once again shows that the Quiksilver King of the Groms brings together the very best in this age category from Europe and around the world.