Young Guns: An Extraordinary Lifetime Opportunity for Teen Surfers

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David Biger
08 · 15 · 2018

In only 2 weeks, the « Young Guns » contest launched by Quiksilver has already reached 1000 subscriptions! Young surfers from all over the world got super excited about the opportunity to surf in Kelly Slater’s famous Surf Ranch.

Groms, that’s also how we call those young surfers, coming from the word “grommet” and that refers to the surf culture. They were already invited to participate to the same contest last year in the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Brazilian Samuel Pupo @samuel_pupo won the Young Guns in 2017 winning a check of 10K$, fame and reputation in the surf world.

Below is a video clip of last year edition in Sumatra!

Surfing at Kelly’s Surf Ranch: When the Dream Comes True

A quick reminder for those who aren’t familiar with Kelly’s creation:  the Surf Ranch is located in Lemoore in California and you can ride a revolutionary artificial wave! Kelly Slater Wave Company developed the wave concept during 10 years and the first prototype was released in 2015. It quickly became a huge hit and receiving an invitation to the Surf Ranch is considered as a Golden Palm! Actually, the artificial wave experience is so exclusive that tickets for the WSL Founder’s Cup that was held at the Ranch reached 9.500$...

The legendary surfer Kelly Slater even said “It planted a seed or a dream in people’s minds. It captured a lot of people’s imaginations in a lot of ways”. And for the surfers who had the honor to ride at the Surf Range, everybody agreed on the amazing experience they had and how it could change the future of surf.

Young Guns Contest, a Viral Instagram Contest

After running a contest for snowboarders names “Young Guns Snow”, Quiksilver is now focusing on surf, one of their main sport. The objective of the Young Guns contest is to spot the best of the best surfers from the new generation. The following requirements are necessary to participate: to be aged from 13 to 17 years old and to post their top video surfing a wave on Instagram to qualify for the final stage. And since Quiksilver is sponsoring the event, each participant must use the @quiksilver tag as well as the #YSurfContest hashtag. Finally, everything is allowed but the young surfers must respect a total duration of 60 seconds.

The fan community can vote for their favorite surfer. All the applications were also reviewed and analyzed by Leonardo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi who formed a jury to select their little favorites.
The names of the 4 finalists have been revealed on July 5th through Quiksilver website and on social media. You can also stay tuned to this page for future announcements of the final winner. It’s now too late for the promising talents to show up and the votes are closed! Additionally to the opportunity of joining Kelly for a surf trip during an entire day, the winner will receive 10 000$. A nice prize for a grom that is still in college!

Who are the young lucky finalists?

From 25th June to 2nd July, the 8 finalists were highlighted on the Instagram “stories” from the Quiksilver account. Through an integrated survey, the community could vote for its favorite surfer. But the number of finalists was narrowed to only 4 after a deliberation made by Fioravanti and Igarashi…
The winner of last year, brazilian Samuel “Sammy” Pupo is again selected for the challenge. In total 8 countries were represented: Brazil (2 surfers), France (2 surfers), USA, Hawaii, Australia and… Sweden!  
After the vote of the public, here are the 4 finalists: Marco Mignot and Justin Becret for France. Jett Schilling for USA and previous winner Samuel Pupo for Brazil. The Fantastic Four will hit the Surf Ranch of Kelly Slater next July 27th and only one will win the 10K$. All of them are amazing young surfers and it wasn't easy for the public and the jury to make a choice...

Below is the Instagram videos of the 8 surf challengers that were done for the Young Guns contest.

Sammy Pupo (BRAZIL)

Kian Martin (SWEDEN)

Justin Becret (FRANCE)

Callum Robson (AUSTRALIA)

Noah Beschen (HAWAII)

Marco Mignot (FRANCE)

Jett Schilling (USA)

My last session at home before Cabo @jacobvanderwork @quiksilver #ygsurfcontest

Une publication partagée par Jett Schilling (@jettschilling) le

Mateus Herdy (BRA)


Waiting for the Final and the Crowned Kid

Taking place at the Surf Ranch, the final is happening on July 27 and you surely can’t wait to know the winner! Quicksilver will share a live streaming video of the final on social media and in case you won’t be there, the brand will allow posting the video after to access it online.

If you didn’t know about the Young Guns contest, the good news is that it’s really likely to continue next year with another edition. Encourage all the teens passionate by surf to get ready and prepare for it: many surf school and surf camps are available to get better and support them in following the dream of becoming a renowned surfer. Meanwhile, we wish the best of luck to the 4 finalists and we’ll come up with an update to announce the final results!