What the Older Surfing Generation
Can Teach the Surf Groms
What the Older Surfing Generation Can Teach the Surf Groms
In the surfing world, the younger generation of surfers will always be known as groms. This is a term of unknown origin, sometimes connected to the word 'grommet', but with no real roots that can be understood. Anyone below the age of 15 who is considered to be particularly good at the sport, or who is seen as an up and coming surfer, is likely to be known as a grom or grommet. The term is so popular that it has even become used in non-surfing events, such as skiing or skateboarding, and it generally means the same thing: someone young and overconfident who isn't experienced enough to be doing the tricks that they are attempting, and are getting in older surfer's way. Those older surfers might think about taking their younger colleagues in hand and teaching them how to manage the waves.
Advantages of being a grom
When you're a surf grom, you have a number of advantages over the older surfer. Firstly, you won't have to travel so far from the beach in order to find waves that are suitable for you to 'rip' because you are smaller. You also will have a larger disposable income than if you were an adult at the same level, which means that you can buy a better board, specialist wetsuits and other important accessories for your life as a junior surfer.
How older people can help groms
One of the biggest advantages to being a grom is stealing the waves from under the noses of older surfers, but if you are one of the adults, you don't have to react to the problem by heckling the new boys. Instead, what you could do is to help those surfers. If they are young and inexperienced they might not know that they are getting into dangerous waters, including struggling in impact zones and you might be able to help them move off to the other side in order to let expert surfers take on the serious waves.
Why you should help your local groms
Having these cocky young surfers getting in your way while you're trying to tackle big waves can be annoying, but the truth is that all surfers started out not knowing how to tackle waves, and older more experienced surfers probably helped you at least once during your Surf Groms days. Offering the younger generation a helping hand carries on the gift of sharing a sport and is in keeping with the community spirit that surfing embodies. Plus, once you give a bit of help to your surf grommets, you can get them out of the way, and they might stop bothering you while you're riding the waves.