New Zealand Surfing - - Behind the cover -

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!

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