Tom Grom

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.

 


Feeble fakie

 


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


Dig in!

 


Last minute arrival, Greyson Fletcher


Straight to a noseblunt

 


Then it was time for cleanup

 


Rob Welsh, we out!

  • Loveletters To Skateboarding: John Cardiel Part 2

    Loveletters To Skateboarding: John Cardiel Part 2
    Cardiel’s Loveletters episode continues with Part 2.
  • Burnout: Atlanta Slamma

    Burnout: Atlanta Slamma
    We've dreamed of doing a Bust or Bail at the Atlanta 5 block for years. Watch the video five times and then relive it again… in photo form!
  • "The Creature Video" Premiere Photos

    "The Creature Video" Premiere Photos
    The Creature Video premiered in San Diego on Friday night and what better way to kick it off than to have a pre-game party in the alley outside of Skeleton Key headquarters with a slider bar, quarterpipe, the homies, a BBQ and some ice-cold beverages.
  • Bru-Ray: ATL and Across

    Bru-Ray: ATL and Across
    A good couple days in ATL with Tom, GT, Brock, Pat and crew before Plunkett and I powered it back out west with stops in Birmingham, El Paso and a little session at the Anderson’s residence. –P-Stone
  • Bru-Ray: Vert Attack 2017

    Bru-Ray: Vert Attack 2017
    Boards, beers and bros once again convened at the Bryggeriet in Malmo for the Vert Attack. Wilkins, Lasek, Kreiner, Beckett and a whole slew of others destroyed the ramp. Cheers again for another great weekend. –P-Stone