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o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Oct 19, 2012 - 02:12am PT
If the previous link streams poorly please continue watching frame for frame! It's the best big wave paddle in footage to date.
Silver

Ice climber
Oct 19, 2012 - 09:16am PT
That was sick O Man
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Oct 19, 2012 - 02:38pm PT
Axel Rosenblat and two of his grom pals about to paddle out at Hookipa
Axel Rosenblat and two of his grom pals about to paddle out at Hookipa
Credit: o-man
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Oct 19, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
o-man, thanks for keeping this thread alive. It connects me to the activity that fed my soul during my childhood, but which has not been a part of my life for the last 25 years.
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 19, 2012 - 11:49pm PT
Damn Olaf! Great stuff.

Session this morning revitalized my psyche, have not had so much fun on waves in a long time. From pig-dogging ankle biters to clean drops into head high peaks. I, and two buddies, had Peaks at Moss Landing pretty much to ourselves. Saw two whales, and surfed more waves than I could count, and had a blast, I realized that my passion for surfing relates to the way surfing calms me, relaxes me, and clears my mind.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Charles
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 19, 2012 - 11:51pm PT
OK, so here's a nautical question. What's the origin of the term "grom"?
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 20, 2012 - 01:20am PT
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=grom

Charles
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 20, 2012 - 01:30am PT
The urban dictionary needs updating. See discussion starting at http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1422573&msg=1490225#msg1490225
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 20, 2012 - 03:50pm PT
Crowd control fins from the latest Surfer Mag "week in review"

Credit: socialclimber

Charles
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Oct 20, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
OK, so here's a nautical question. What's the origin of the term "grom"?

Nevermind, I missed the "nautical".

It's an evolutionary outgrowth of gremmie (gremlin).




post Ted Turner



Gremmie is the little green guy

o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Oct 21, 2012 - 02:58pm PT
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Photo by Ted Grambeau Photography

Photo by Ted Grambeau Photography
Credit: o-man
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Oct 22, 2012 - 04:00pm PT
Steve Morris on Primrose Dihedrals, Moses Tower <br/>
Photo: Olaf Mitchell
Steve Morris on Primrose Dihedrals, Moses Tower
Photo: Olaf Mitchell
Credit: o-man
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Oct 22, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
I noticed sufers calling the kids (or anyone younger than you) "grommet" some time in the late 80s. Sometimes surfers with less status or seniority would try to assert this appellation on boogie boarders, even if the boogie boarders were older and more capable in the water, before the more universal slur of "sponger" came into vogue.

I assume it would be a reference to a ring fastener for ropes on the edge of a piece of fabric or sail, indicating a tiny "inconsequential" part of a bigger thing, intended to form a derogatory diminutive.

To maintain some pics and psych, here's a video of the place that was my home break when I was growing up (but I just stole this video). So many memories from a lifetime ago in this place:


I've been out there in every condition from crazy solid whitewater chop going in every direction, to 6am hot offshore winds spraying back the lip, to pure obsidian glassy clean. Powerful back-twisting waves in two feet of water, to 5 foot hollow close-outs that were weak enough to go over the falls on purpose doing 360s on our knees on boogie boards. Days when it would take 45 minutes of furious paddling to get outside, or jump off the pier, and other days where it was so flat we could only skim board with our boogie boards, or just paddle around to be doing something. Lazy crowded summer days with hoards of brown pelicans diving for anchovies and humpback whales breaching, to lonely winter days at sunset after the last of the other dudes went in, and maybe pulling into that thick-lipped black tube close-out wasn't such a good idea but I did it anyways. Ok back to work.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Oct 22, 2012 - 04:27pm PT
Grommets are small things, kids in the modern vernacular.
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Oct 23, 2012 - 01:16am PT
We lost another legend today, Donald Takayama has gone on to shape and...
We lost another legend today, Donald Takayama has gone on to shape and surf perfect waves for eternity. Our thoughts go out to Donald's family and friends. photo: LeRoy Grannis Collection, LLC
Credit: o-man
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Oct 23, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
Sad news.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20052152
ArtsyChick

Sport climber
Oct 23, 2012 - 08:03pm PT
I don't know if anyone has posted this yet, and I'm not sifting through the whole thread to find out. There's a smartphone app from Stanford that supposedly tracks Northern California great white sharks! http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/08/24/stanford-researchers-develop-shark-tracking-app/
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 23, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
According to Samuel Eliot Morison, who knew more about maritime history than any of us, gromet is a 15th or 16th century term for a ship's boy. Adapting the word for an apprentice surfer seems fairly consistent.

Columbus had several gromets on Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria on his voyages. All going well, with experience and training they'd become seamen, then able seamen.
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Oct 23, 2012 - 09:14pm PT
Brandon that is very sad news to here that tribal member passed!
We have had two encounters in the past week here on the north shore of Maui at Kanaha Beach Park as well.

http://mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/566092/Shark-attack-on-paddle-boarder-reported--man--55--uninjured.html?nav=10

http://mauinow.com/2012/10/22/shark-attacks-sea-turtle-forcing-repeat-closure-of-kanaha/

These events have closed the beach at Kanaha for one day each.

There isn't much swell here on the north shore at the moment and I sure hope this settles down by the week end when the next bump arrives.

Once again sorry to here about Lucas

BTW: nice piece of investigative research mighty hiker

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 23, 2012 - 09:33pm PT
The odd thing is, I remember calling others grommets, and being called a grommet, in the 1970s. A sort of friendly insult, used at school or maybe scouts. I wonder where we got that? You'd say to someone "You grommet!" when they did something klutzy. The word's etymology is interesting.
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