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Editor-in-Chief | Taylor Paul Managing Editor | beau Flemister Assistant Editor | BRENDAN BUCKLEY Photo Editor | peter taras Associate Photo Editor | jimmy wilson Art Director | chato aganza Associate Art Director | Noa Emberson Online Editor | jason miller

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There are many trips for young surfers, but very few trips specifically for groms. Groms get shots now and then, they sneak onto a boat-trip, they have Nationals and a few specialty events. But rarely do they get a feature in a mag. SURFING’s associate photo editor Jimmy Wilson was aware of this cruel and unusual fact. He also knew there were a few groms in the 14-year-old range, who given the opportunity, would give a certain wave in Nicaragua some real hell. So he called some team managers, booked a place, basically arranged the entire trip, and the boys flew in from California, from Hawaii, from Barbados. He also knew that groms don’t sit idle. So to fill in the gaps between surfs, candy, or when the winds turned awry, he gave them their own Olympic-esque games. They accepted, wholeheartedly.

The trip couldn’t have gone better. The beachbreak fired

everyday. The groms got their feature, a short film, this flipbook. They earned it. Sure, they’re the best groms in the nation. They’ve got the sponsors, win all the Am-contests and even pro-juniors. But it was something else we saw in them that separates their kind from the older crop. And why we’ll being doing another one of these trips next year: Pure, unjaded stoke. It was refreshing. They were psyched on everything. Getting stuck in a Third World roadblock-protest. Getting stuck behind a live cattle crossing. Banana smoothies. Throaty tubes. Wedgy sections. Thunder and lightning. Dawn. Dusk. Everything was continually new and exciting for them. Every day. Their energy was infectious and reminded all of us why we love surfing and furthermore, life itself. So thanks, groms. Trying to be a grown-up so often — you almost forget. —SURFING

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Kanoa, pointing to the Promised Land, Nicaragua. A 14 year old couldn’t really ask for anything better than that.

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While waiting on the vehicles, Auntie Tammy (Seth’s mom) thought up a great time killer: Roof strap jumprope. Coolest mom, ever.

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Just a half an hour from the wave on Day 1, we rolled into a chaotic jumble of cars. We asked how long before we could pass and some said two hours, and some said 15.

It was our second Nicaraguan roadblock that day.

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Photo: Jimmicane

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The roadblock ended up being a workers’ protest on sugar prices.

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And also a live musical event.

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Jake Marshall

Photo: Jimicane

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Grom pyramid-scheme,

with Managing Editor and grown-up grom, Beau Flemister, bottom middle.

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Griffin Colapinto, carrying on San Clemente’s long lasting tuberider legacy.

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Photos: Jimmicane

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Kanoa’s technical game was a step above the rest. His pop and balance is well beyond his years.

Jake and Kanoa.

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Photo: Jimmicane

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Grom Games No. 1 — Foot Race

Although Seth, being a little bigger than most his peers, dominated many of the grom games, Josh snuck by him a couple times. 019


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Jake Marshall

Photo: Jimmicane

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Seth Moniz

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Josh Burke

Josh got a lot of shit for changing in his towel this way. “Dis how we do in Barbados, mon!” he’d reply.

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Pretty sure none of the groms had been in the middle of a cattle crossing.

Griffin, caught in the headlights.

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Kanoa Igarashi.

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G f

riffin l y s …over sea

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and chlorine.

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Photo: Jimmicane


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Photo: Jimmicane

Jake Marshall

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S eth M oni snea k y

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oni z is a grommet . Sequence: Jimmicane

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Griffin Colapinto.

Still flying.

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Grom Games No. 2 — foosball

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“Who’s banana smoothie is this?” says Seth

“Mine,” says Griffin. Griffin, doing 10 for the wrong word. Photo: Jimmicane

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Seth Moniz

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Kanoa,

stuntin’ for the babes.

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The longer the leash-stretch, the harder you charged.

Josh vs. Kanoa.

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Jake, shredding the face.

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Jake, putting on his shred-face.

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Seth Moniz

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S eth , under co v er

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Standard punishment for losing in ping pong. Better cover both bases, boys.

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Grom Games No. 3 — swim race

Photo: Jimmicane

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Kanoa , off a section .

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G riffin on a section .

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Griffin broke about four boards that trip, three in the first two days. But he gave it hell.

Photos: Jimmicane

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Jake Marshall

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“Mon, I tink dat girl is waving at ya.�

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Sequence: Jimmicane


“Really!? Where?”

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Jake snuck in a win with a clutch elimination final round clencher.

Photos: Jimmicane

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Grom Games No. 4 — fanta pong

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Griffin Colapinto

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“I think you missed a spot.”

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Seth Moniz is on his way to being the next big thing from Hawaii. Winter season pre-gaming.

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Common Grom Behavior

S--t Talking

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Peeing

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Photos: Jimmicane


Jake Marshall

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Josh Burke

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Photo: Jimmicane

Nica breaks boards‌

‌But a grom will not be broken. Photo: Jimmicane

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Auntie Tammy brought a 1lb. tub of sour ropes. And they were gone by Day 3.

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Kanoa Igarashi

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Photo: Jimmicane


Grom Games No. 5 — ping pong

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Jake Marshall

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Griffin Colapinto

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Griffin Colapinto

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Fly

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Run

Breathe

Win

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Seth Moniz

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SURFING Magazine, sometimes better with candy.

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Kanoa , st y in mansion and in ca

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l ish mansion ‌ ca v e .

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G roms wa l k on water . Seth Moniz.

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Jake Marshall, backside long jump.

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Grom Games No. 6 — long jump

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Kanoa Igarashi

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Grom Games No. 7 — fanta chug

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Good. Clean. Fun.

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Seth is not old enough for a license.

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But boy can he drive.

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Thank you for

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