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The Rock-itt : October 2009
The Grommet Let me start this by bringing everyone into the know. A grommet is a young surfer usually under the age of 17yrs and very much fitting into the obsessed surfer category (lives, eats and breathes surfing). The term is believed to have come from the fact that in some coastal areas there are huge groups of a small fish variety that hang in packs, playing in the waves and acting in a strange manner, sometimes beaching themselves .These fish are Grommets. See the similarity? Grommet surfers fit in the surfing chain somewhere near the back, often given a hard time by the older surfers, being dropped in on, getting their bikes hidden up a tree or having their heads flushed in the local public toilet. This is typical grommet abuse at any local beach. If you ask someone why they dish out this abuse you will get a universal answer, "because we use to get it done to us, now it's their turn Let's take a closer look at why grommets cop these hideous hidings from grown men (and sometimes women). I'm pretty sure we could quite easily put it down to jealousy. Yes jealousy! Grommethood is the best time of life. We all wish we could be there all our lives. For those grommets that are reading this, read on and just appreciate how good things are in the grommet world and for the rest of us let's take a step back and look at how things have changed. As surfers we want to maximise our surfing time but this is not always possible as adults, a few 'grown up' things seem to get in the way. Grommets on the other hand have a simple life. Work, there it is a four letter word that has us all using many other four letter words when we are in traffic looking out at a couple of groms crossing the road for an all day session of waves whist on one of their many school holidays. If it isn't holidays they have a pupil free day, teachers strike or study leave. We never had these things when I was at school I'm sure! Grommets have a schedule built for surfing. When they do go to school it is usually right near the beach and starts at 9am, perfect for the early. Then school finishes at 3.15pm, leaving heaps of time for the arvo session even in the depths of winter where the sun goes down at 5 o'clock you can still squeeze an hour and a half in! Combine this with the fact that schools insist on having sport days, religion and excursions. All perfect times to squeeze in another surf without any major penalty. When we are able to surf we are usually doing it with everyone else who has a day off and is desperate to get wet. Instant crowds! Due to