Surfers kids get props from pro surfers for landscaping business that gives back – Orange County Register

One day at San Onofre State Beach, a group of young San Clemente surfers were commended not for their skills in the ocean, but for what they do on land.

The four middle school students started a gardening business that not only gets its hands dirty, but also gives back to the ocean community that is so close to their hearts. And professional surfers and brothers Pat, Dane, and Tanner Gudauskas threw a low-key pizza party on the sand to recognize their efforts.

  • Connor Bemus, front left; Mason Hibner, Mason Heath and Evan Heath, right, young surfers who started a landscaping company called GromScapes to give back to local charities, with some of the money going to local lifeguards with professional surfers; Danes Gudauskas (left), Pat Gudauskas and Tanner Gudauskas, and Greg Hulsizer, President of the San Clemente Lifeguard and Junior Guard Foundation (second from left), on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, on San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County, California (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Evan Heath, Mason Hibner and Mason Heath of Gromscapes. The boys tend to lawns and landscapes in their hometown to learn the importance of making money. A portion of their income goes to the San Clemente Lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard Foundation. (Courtesy Dave Heath)

  • Mason Heath from Gromscapes. (Courtesy Dave Heath)

  • Mason Heath meets professional surfers Dane Gudauskas (left) and Tanner Gudauskas at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County, California on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Evan Heath from Gromscapes is cutting a yard. (Courtesy Dave Heath)

  • Connor Bemus and Mason Heath from Gromscapes clean up the vegetation in a garden. (Courtesy Dave Heath)

  • Mason Hibner from Gromscapes designed the landscape. (Courtesy Dave Heath)

  • Mason Hibner puts on his Gromscapes shirt when he meets local professional surfers. The Gudauskas brothers attempt San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County, California on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Connor Bemus, front left, Evan Heath, Mason Heath and Mason Hibner, right, young surfers who started a landscaping company called GromScapes to give back to local charities, with some of the money going to local lifeguards with professional surfers; Dane Gudauskas, left, Pat Gudauskas, center and Tanner Gudauskas on San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County, Calif. On Wednesday, March 24, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register / SCNG)

Brothers Mason (11) and Evan Heath (14), together with their friends Connor Bemus and Mason Hibner (11), created Gromscapes, which take care of lawns and landscapes in their hometown, to show the value of making money with part of their income learn visit the San Clemente Lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard Foundation.

“I think it’s really cool to have just super inspired the next generation to pass them on,” said Dane Gudauskas, who not only made a living chasing waves, but also created the charitable Positive Vibe Warriors with his brothers, to whom he can give something back ocean-related causes. “It’s just the mindset of the community. These children are just great examples of people who take care of one another. “

The young entrepreneurs / philanthropists grew up participating in the junior lifeguards and have participated in the Stoke-O-Rama community surfing competitions where the Gudauskas brothers raised money for local lifeguards and other causes.

“It’s just cool to see how the cycle continues,” said Dane Gudauskas.

Pat Gudauskas said he could appreciate the idea of ​​the garden landscape, which he and his brothers enjoy doing even when they are not in the water.

“It’s such a beautiful, artistic, work-loving thing,” he said. “I think we were really proud that they connect with land, earth and people – it’s just amazing.

“They are a great little group. For us, it’s about staying connected. If you see something really radical, we just want to help you in some way, strengthen you, ”he said. “That is the ultimate goal of making them good stewards of the community and, hopefully, inspiring more children.”

The pro surfers shared the momentum with the boys when they met in San Onofre last week and talked about the Gromscapes business and how it got started before hitting the waves to surf.

It was last summer in the midst of the pandemic when Dave Heath, the father of the young brothers, thought, “Let’s keep these guys busy, let’s get these kids a few yards.”

So they hooked up with Connor Bemus’ father who owned Bemus Landscaping in the coastal town for training on how to use the equipment and important lessons on running a small business.

“We taught them all about business and finance, they learned about interest rates, and we had people with a background in sales and marketing so we gave them a quick education,” said Dave Heath.

The kids know that even when the surf is good they have to work first before they play when they have a booking.

“You’re motivated, it’s really fun,” said Dave Heath. “The families love it when the children show up. It’s really cool. “

Rest assured, everything is supervised by the parents.

“We don’t let them do the hedges and things, the dads will jump in and help,” said Dave Heath. “But they mow the lawn and pull weeds and do all that stuff.”

Connor Bemus said it was an easy decision to give back to her community.

“We just like to help charities and other things. We just like to help others, ”he said.

And about the professional surfers who show up to see their hard work?

“It’s sick,” he said.

The Gudauskas brothers said they knew the importance of uplifting others, especially the youth in their hometown. After all, they were once young “groms” themselves, training on T-Street and doing junior lifeguards every summer.

“The community is such a part of it that we grow up. Seeing the children embody the spirit of camaraderie – not selfishness, but selflessness – is inspiring, ”said Pat Gudauskas.

The $ 200 the boys have already donated will help this summer, especially in a year when there is an increased need for scholarships, said Greg Hulsizer, who is on the board of trustees.

“There are many children who cannot afford it, especially when the pandemic and parents are unemployed,” he said.

And just hanging out and having pizza with some kids who are making a difference in their community was cool, said Tanner Gudauskas.

“It was cool to connect and see how much pure positive comes out of the kids,” he said. “You do this as a group of friends, that’s what it comes from. I have a feeling that this energy is special. I am sure that what you want to do will get you far. “

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