Father and son surf lesson in Morro Bay, CA. Father is Ben Monmonier, son is Julian Boqha Monmonier. I like this wholesome family-oriented series of 12 images of a father and his son bonding during a surf lesson. They had a great time, and the little grom Julian took the new surf name Boqha to commemorate this step in his life. Boqha has great form and is a natural. Watch for future commercial endorsements for this athlete. The father gave me permission to photograph their entire surf lesson today 21 Dec 2007 Friday 21dec2007 - Photo by Mike Baird, Canon 40D with 300mm f/2.8 IS lens handheld surfmorrobay.com bairdphotos.com flickr.bairdphotos.com photomorrobay.com morro-bay.com
BTY,the term "grom" is used in a very affectionate way to refer to a young capable surfer with talent us older guys will never match. :>)
22 June 2009 Creative Commons use note by INSPIKS Inspirational Pictures.
Creative Commons: This image is the main/only image on the Wikipedia "Grom" "Grommet" definition page. Wiki says in part ""Grommet" ("grom") is
a term used to describe a young participant in extreme sports. The
term originally was used in the sport of surfing for anyone under the
age of 16. However in recent years, the term has been expanded to
include other extreme sports, most notably skateboarding and
snowboarding... first became popular in the 1970s as part of
Australian slang. It was based on the word "Gremmie", which
was used in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s, which was
derived from the word "Gremlin"... The word was originally a
derogatory term for an inexperienced surfer, but has become an
accepted term for all young participants. For example, the British
Surfing Association offers a Grommet Surf Club for young
This image also illustrates the related Wiktionary "grom" page.
19 Feb 2010 another cool Creative Commons use.
Øyvind Evenstuen has sent you a message on Flickr.
Subject: One of your pictures is in use by a norwegian newspaper
Date: 26th August, 2010
Hi, I just wanted to tell you that this picture: www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/2127311117/
is being used cropped in a newspaper here in norway. I have never gotten around to read all the stuff about creative commons, but I didnt think it allowed commercial use of images.
This is one of the countrys three largest papers. Link to article: