Words and photos by Hammeke
Hammeke has a look back blog of ol' Tom Grom leading up to the weekend he turned pro—video coming this Friday.
I first met Tom on a Cons trip to the Canary Islands. He was pretty hyper but also ripping. This front rock was a photo in the mag.
Tom will skate anything you put in front of him. So when we came across this empty fish pond it was on.
By anything I mean anything, even stuff the others know better not to skate.
This is what typically happens. It’s no secret Tom is injury prone.
Tom loves a skatepark and stuff like this is bound to go down.
He also loves beer and staring at his phone. International data rates apply so this is probably a $5 instagram update.
Back to the ol' USA and several years later. Tom, Hewitt, and I took a trip to Fresno on the way to the second Back to the 'Berg contest. Tom had us remove the diving board for this frontside air but we probably should have put it back and made him go over it.
Tampa am is always a rough one.
Burnside in black and white is always nice. So are backside airs when kicked out properly
This noseblunt was done for fun. We all knew that his Cons teammate had done the same move backside a couple days earlier with a different photographer. What ever happened to that magazine you sent that photo to Coulthard?
Tourist Tom. “Hey can you shoot this photo so I can send it to my mom?”
Another move that lead to a minor injury.
Front 180 bump to bump in the jungle heat of Thailand on Skate Rock.
And finally, this summer we went to Texas on a Expedition’s First Rodeo. Tom pulled off this back Smith in The Hook.
The week leading up to his Pro Party, there were some heavy sessions. One of them was at Rob and Stephanie Weedman’s backyard.
Hewitt charges straight out the gates and over the hip.
Switch double truck over the stairs
The homeowner’s know their own pool the best and Rob pushed this backside layback over the light and death box.
Stephanie stepped in and got a good piece of the coping
Jimmy Acosta putting those new Skeleton key copers to test on the sidewall.
Tom went for the classic front board over the stairs
Josh Stafford closed out the session with a tailgrab nosegrind over the hip
Big pro party day at Washington Street
The session was going heavy early afternoon. Willis Kimbel stale over the channel
The signed cast/signed board pro model
Tom pulled out the cradle frontside air for theatrics
Thrasher and Expedition One collaborated on a Hall of Meat themed T Shirt.
Tom tossing the t-shirts to the hungry fans
Do you guys want some bearings? They are from my home country.
Back to the skating, Dylan Witkin frontside invert in the corner
P-Stone always happy always grilling
Connor McVay, Remillard's roomate and actual chef
Last minute arrival, Greyson Fletcher
Straight to a noseblunt
Then it was time for cleanup
Rob Welsh, we out!
1/16/2018These Masher edits are about more than the skating in front of the lens, they’re also about the man holding the camera and blazing through the bowls at mach speed. Hell yeah, Gregson!
12/31/2017Some people can make you smile just by sittin’ next to them. Preston had that juice that made any flat tire fun. This dude was a TV show that was constant comedy. After the Bust or Bail in Atlanta, he got knocked out at the Bell telephone banks and we came up with a TV show that wrote itself, “Cookin’ With A Concussion.” His never-give-up, rev-it-up attitude will make me smile whenever I hear his name. His energy will never die. Go outside and enjoy it. Life is way too short. —Jake Phelps
12/27/2017Preston grew up in the sticks, filming and skating with his friends like they were Skater of the Year. From rails to gaps, the Big Dog did it all. Here's a blast from the past that shows knowing how to skate makes you a better filmer. Dude ripped. We miss you. —Jake Phelps
12/25/20172017 was a bad year for skaters dying. Between the Rock and the Big Dog, I get sour every day. Anyways, when you die you ride forever. 1997 X Games vert doubles and Tom Boyle needed a partner. Preston was always down. Vert is hard; these dudes were granite and they went for it. Last place? Who cares. Let's see you do it! —Jake Phelps
12/08/2017Warning! Aggressive, messy and chaotic! Larbfest celebrates the bands that provide the soundtrack to our skateboarding. Having a session before the gig is a standard ritual, but this time we turned it into a little mission from Minneapolis to Milwaukee, harvesting parks and spots in between gigs. Turn it up and check it out! —Hitz