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By Andrea Swayne
Age: 19, San Clemente
Just a tad over the customary cut-off of “gromdom,” Ian Crane is this week’s Grom of the Week for his entry in the Hurley Pro’s first ever video-based wildcard selection contest.
Nearly 100 of the best surfers from across the country submitted entries in an attempt to claim a wildcard slot in the upcoming event scheduled for September 15-21 at San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles.
Ian’s video was chosen by a panel of judges—including the likes of Rob Machado, Bob Hurley and Pat O’Connell –to be included in the final 16 entries to be voted on by fans.
The choices were arranged in traditional heat brackets and winners advanced to the next round in the same manner in customary surf contest form. Online voting happened at a furious pace on Tuesday as the close of the quarterfinal round neared.
A mere 91 votes kept Ian’s video from advancing to the semifinals. The Dana Point Times congratulates Ian on his run at a wildcard entry into the event. To see the awe inspiring surfing in Ian’s video submission, log on to www.thehurleypro.com.
Editor’s Note: Readers are invited to nominate local surfers to be featured as Grom of the Week by sending an email to email@example.com.