Before the two world titles, before the sponsorships, before the jet-setting life on the world tour, being paid to do the thing you love most: weaving through zippering Superbank barrels and paddling over the ledge at places like Pipline and Teahupo'o. Before the battles with scoliosis, snapping your hamstring muscle off the bone and losing the brother you worshipped. Before all these things is the one state of being where every surfer is equal. Before all these things you are ...a grom. The Grommet's Edition of Mick Fanning's bestselling biography Surf for Your Life is the ultimate grom's glimpse into the life of a two-time world champion and a guide to living and breathing the surf life. Mick tells his own story of overcoming the odds to become one of the best surfer's in the world while dropping pearls of wisdom gained from his life on and off the tour. From cut backs to bottom turns, deep carves to scoring tubes, travel tips, favourite breaks, training strategy, surf safety, board shapes and the difference between a three-fin thruster and a seven-foot gun - if it's important to groms, it's in the book. There's even a profile of three-time women's world champ Stephanie Gil
Tim Baker is a freelance writer based in Currumbin, Queensland, Australia. He is a former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life magazines, and co-author of Bustin' Down The Door, the biography of surfing champion Wayne Rabbit Bartholomew (Harper Collins, 1996, now in its sixth print run). He has also edited and contributed to an anthology of Australian surf writing, Waves - Great Stories From The Surf, (Harper Collins, 2005) and wrote High Surf, which profiles the world's most inspiring surfers (Harper Collins, 2007). His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Inside Sport, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, the Bulletin magazine, The Australian Way, Playboy, as well as surfing magazines around the world. He has received the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Media Award and been shortlisted for the CUB Australian Sports Writing Awards. His last book was the mega-successful OCCY, written with surfing legend Mark Occhilupo.