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By Jake Howard

Last week, the Volcom Pipe Pro went off in some pretty classic conditions at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, and it was epic to see San Clemente’s Max Beach make a few heats.

Beach is one of those kids who will forever be a grom to me, as I’ve had the pleasure of watching him grow up. But nowadays, he’s a big, strong, hard-charging young man.

Once you start making heats at Pipeline, you pretty much cease to be a grom. That’s some serious, grown-up surfing.

And because of that, Beach, this is your last Grom of the Week. You’re kicking out on top after a good run at the Pipeline—graduating, so to speak.

I’ve really enjoyed being able to showcase Beach’s surfing and celebrate his accomplishments here in this space, but it’s been more fun to share how hard he works, and that if you put your heart and soul into something you can chase those dreams down and wrestle them to the sand.

The kid works his tail off. He’s dedicated himself to the dream, and it’s starting to pay off. From coaching sessions with Brad Gerlach, to jumping on world champ Italo Ferreira’s old boards from Timmy Patterson, to chasing swells, he’s on the program. It’s awesome.

Beach, congrats on a contest well-surfed. I promise I won’t make you Grom of the Week anymore; just keep acing those QS heats in 2020.

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