Thomas Clark-“T-Grom” or just “T”
Weight: 85 lbs.
Hometown: Sunset Beach, O’ahu, Hawai’i
Sponsors: Quiksilver, Globe, Freestyle, Local Motion, Tropical Rush, and Creatures Of Leisure
T’s an 85-pound heavyweight. If you’re twelve years old or under, he’s the last name you want to see listed in your heat. He’s a man of few words, years ahead of his time-he’s James Dean. I keep expecting him to light up a cigarette, but he’s too smart for that.
He’s eleven years old, already has a National Championship under his belt, has appeared in a double-page spread Quiksilver ad, and gets legitimate barrels on the North Shore. T’s an independent type-the little guy’s always checking spots by himself, deciding between Pipeline and V-land. At this pace he’ll be on the ASP tour next year, probably qualify for the WCT when he’s thirteen, do the tour for a few years, and retire at age fifteen. All joking aside, T-Grom is one of the nicest, most respectful, and rippingest kids you’ll run into.-Pete Johnson