Gnarly Charley Grom Surf Series

Getting gnarly with Charley and his Grom Surf Series

First of all, how did you get your awesome nickname? What is the story behind Gnarly Charley?

– I got the name Gnarly Charley in 1994, when I was running a surf camp in Jacksonville Beach. Some grom just walked up to me and said “You are gnaaarly… gnarly Charley!”, and then started laughing. Ever since it has been my name.

 

Gnarly Charley Grom Surf Series
Gnarly Charley Grom Surf Series

 

Please tell us about Gnarly Charley’s Grom Surf series.

– The Gnarly Charley Grom Surf Series is all about kids learning how to surf in contests at a very young age. We have a whitewater division for kids that can’t quite catch waves on their own – also parents can assist them. Then we have U10, 11-14 and longboard divisions that are open. All divisons are divided by gender. What I do, is that I teach these groms all about good sportsmanship, to do good in school and around the home – basically, being a great representative for surfing both in and out of the water.

 

Grom Surfing
Grom Surfing

 

You are a resident in Florida, right? What is your favorite local spot?

– Yupp, I live in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. My favorite local surfing spot is NSB INLET.

 

I get by with a little help from my dad
– I get by with a little help from my dad

 

Staying on the same topic, what is your favorite worldwide surf spot?

– I have done a lot of travelling around the world. I have been to Hawaii, Califronia, Peru, Mexico, Barbados, Bahamas, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Australia. My favorite spot of all time is Snapper Rocks in Australia.

 

Winners
Winners

 

Where can the superstoked readers learn more about GC’s Grom Surf Series?

– All groms and parents can read more about the series by going to the website at GnarlyCharleySurfSeries.com, or they can visit our page on facebook.

 

Having fun in the surf
Having fun in the surf

 

Getting gnarly with Charley and his Grom Surf Series. Check out his website for more information.

“- Hey Charley… you are gnaaaarly!”