Florida Native recently turned Newport local, Justin Croteau, made the finals of the grom division at the Volcom VQS in Huntington this past week. Keep an eye on Justin and his older brother Ryan this year as the newest members of the Newport Harbor High School Surf Team. Keep it up groms!
So the groms were killing it this past weekend at the NSSA East Coast Championships. On hand was micro grom Mike Vanaman and the Croteau brothers, Justin and Ryan.
Mike Vanaman walked away with a podium finish and a 6th place in the Open Mini Grom, Ryan Croteau got a 3rd in the Explorer Juniors and little bro Justin Croteau lost out in the semis. Head over to ESM for full coverage.
Once upon a time in Puerto Rico, there was a stack of dirty dishes piled up at Chad Oakley’s house. The King of Dew and I were confused, startled and somewhat flustered by this rising stack of soiled dishes. Right as we were ready to pull the plug and flee the island, the good men at ERGO stepped in. Next thing I knew… there were 2 froth ridden heathens at the doorstep, in the form of ERGO groms Ryan and Justin Croteau.
Now there are 5 scientifically proven facts that we all know about groms:
1.They have no souls.
2.They are only good for basic household chores.
3.They have less common sense than an average dolphin.
4.They smell like tar.
5.They like cookies.
I’m not saying that I found any of these truths to be false, but I did learn that deep inside their soul-less little bodies, there is a heart. I was impressed by these groms in many different ways. Although they may have ate all my food, stunk up the house, used all my sunscreen, and even got the bedroom extremely sandy on one particularly strange night/early morning, there was a lot of benefits to having those 2 little hell raisers around.
I can honestly say that for the whole week we spent together…. I did not do one dish, I got shotgun every ride and I bitched them out of many waves. Talk about respect. I did my best to teach these groms some things I have learned in my 20 years on this earth. But no matter how much I may have tried to teach them, it couldn’t compare to what they taught me. They taught me how to live and love, to laugh and learn, and to listen to my heart…. NOT! Those little bastards didn’t teach me anything! But they did rip, and it was fun having them around! Check out some photos of them in action! All photos by ERGO staff Chad Oakley.