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Arataki maori boy Kehu But­ler shares a few of his ex­pe­ri­ences while at the King Of The Groms fi­nals in France. Tell us how you got to rep­re­sent NZ and get a trip to

France? This year there was no con­test to qual­ify, so I got through by mak­ing a video of my surf­ing and the pub­lic voted for it and along with a judg­ing panel and most votes they chose me.

So not only was it your lucky day but your dad's

(Khan But­ler) as 'Don't Let The Sun Get Un­der Your Skin' paid for both your flights and Quik­sil­ver picked up the ac­com­mo­da­tion. What was it like be­ing in France and also be­ing a part of the Quik­sil­ver Pro mix­ing it with the worlds best surfers? France was sooooo dif­fer­ent com­pared to here, the roads were re­ally nar­row as well. The comp was cool it felt just like one of the comps back home where you hang around

and just watch surf, but it's just Pro's surf­ing. You are only 13 and it was an Un­der 17's event,

how did you get on in the comp it­self? I did fairly well, I came 10th but would love to come back over the next few years with more ex­pe­ri­ence, it was such an awe­some place, with fun waves and hang­ing out along­side of the pro's was su­per fun as well. So you got to meet some of the best pro's did any of them of­fer any ad­vice to you? Na they gave me noth­ing! But I did get to hang with the Brazil­ian guys, and met Gabriel Me­d­ina and Felipe Toledo. I also met Kelly Slater and I've met him be­fore but he didn't re­mem­ber me, but man he's quite short!

How did you han­dle the change in food? Well ev­ery shop was pizza and crepes so that's all we had to eat! There were snails and frogs legs as well, but I didn't want to eat those, I just looked at them they looked yuck! How was the lan­guage bar­rier, did you learn any French? Um I just let dad do all that, I just kept quiet, I don't re­ally speak much. Dad was try­ing his best to speak French and he had ladies flirt­ing with him haha. The KOG Fi­nals was a part of the main event Quikky Pro, how was that surf­ing? I didn't re­alise that you could do airs that big and the bar­rels they were get­ting were in­cred­i­ble, also all the fit­ness they do while warm­ing up for their heats was cool to watch.

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