It’s been a long time between drinks and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since Shane ‘Grub’ Grimes graced our pages.
Grub was an integral part of the early days of NZ Surfing Mag and was field editor for a number of years, which basically meant he would take off all over the country and to far flung places of the world, surf his brains out at places like Padang Padang, Pipeline, and many other seriously hollow lefts. After spending weeks on end getting piped off his head he’d write a few words on his adventures and experiences and fax a handwritten copy back to the office.
Grub forged a reputation in the 80’s as a big wave charger, and his Hawaiian experiences were put to use on the biggest days here in NZ. He was one of the highest ranked competitors of the 80’s representing NZ at several World Championships and graced the cover of some of our earliest issues. Not only that, the handsome bugger was a model/actor and for years we had to watch his mug on prime time tv ads, with his most famous cameo a Cadbury Moro Bar ad, gapping it through the mid field to score under the posts on the rugby field. With his early foray into the acting world and after years in the surf industry, Grub timed his change of career perfectly when the NZ film industry began to boom, and he is still busy till this day building sets on some of the biggest Hollywood block busters that are filmed on our shores.
When not on the tools Grub still lives for the chase of a perfect wave and he still lives just up the hill from his beloved Piha where he divides his time between there and the East Coast when the swells fire at his holiday home at Whiritoa. So you could say with an epic run on both coasts this summer Grub is getting more than his fill, just like he’s always done!