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By Jake Howard

With all the recent talk about world champs, this week’s Grom of the Week goes to young pup Xander Fanning. Son of three-time world champ Mick Fanning and his wife, Breeana, Xander and his family these days are splitting their time between a new home in San Clemente and the Gold Coast of Australia.

Feeling right at home in his new neighborhood, Xander’s already been establishing himself down at Lowers. He celebrated his first birthday earlier this summer, and Mick reports that “the little man is loving his time in the ocean.”

Xander Fanning. Photo: Courtesy of the Fanning Family

And while Xander’s still a little too young to paddle out and rip Lowers on his own, he’s been loving his tandem rides with his pops. No doubt the kid’s going to be a weapon at Lowers and Snapper Rocks for decades to come.

Of course, Xander’s not the youngest surfer to be featured here as Grom of the Week. That honor goes to Canyon Gudauskas, son of Patrick and Hanalei Gudauskas, who incidentally just celebrated his second birthday.

In terms of the future at Lowers, Xander and Canyon are undoubtedly going to be splitting peaks sooner rather than later—and when this next grom squad takes over, everyone better look out. 

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