Check Out: Tom Dosland

Check Out Tom Dosland

Check Out Tom Dosland
Name: Tom “Grom” Dosland
Age: 16
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 160 lbs.
Hometown: Ha’iku, Maui, Hawai’i
Sponsors: Volcom, Local Motion, Dragon, Gravis, OAM

[IMAGE 1]Tom landed a position on one of his first teams by dropping in on a Brazilian bodyboard chick at V-Land. As Dave Riddle, his Dragon and Volcom coach, puts it, “I looked at Bruce Irons and said, ‘That’s my boy.'”

As a matter of fact, some of Tom’s first glowing recommendations came from Bruce, who pointed out his sheer determination, even as a kid: “I’d see him walking one way down the beach in the morning and coming back down the other way at sunset-obviously this is one die-hard grom.”

Now it’s his first year in the Junior Men’s division, and Tom’s already surfing up to par with many pros-he’s even more of a threat in large-wave events. At sixteen, he’s surfed into the main events of both the Rusty/XCEL and the HIC Pipe. Tom’s focused on being a strong force in the future of Hawai’ian surfing by stepping up to the plate at spots like Backdoor and Sunset. He definitely has his sights set on the Triple Crown and a career in the Top 44.

Even though Tom’s more dedicated to memorizing Tupac than his homework, he’s still serious about his surfing future. Fortunately for him, he has a lot of support, and his hero Bruce Irons is also a friend he can call a mentor. It’s about time to stop calling him Tom Grom.-Pete Hodgson