Wednesday, February 20, 2008

True (Glass) Love...


We all know the ebb and flow of the surfing life. You're on it and score, you're burnt and need to bodysurf for a month before you want to touch a board again. But always the waves beckon. Our wives know this too. "Surf widow" is a little too snarky a quip for me, but I get it. I leave my wife and family to surf often. I try to be considerate. But all the cold winter long while she is in dry dock my wife is gracious enough to encourage my surfing. Well, she outdid herself in the encouragement department...

Last Sunday she organized a celebration for my 30th, thirty-eth, thirtieth, three tens-eth, not a kid anymore-eth birthday. I surfed with friends, was taken to breakfast (Naked Breakfast in Sports Arena) and then was given a remarkable gift. Blank, talent, time, conversation, stoke shared with Josh Hall. I don't know Josh well, just a few times talking while surfing or in the lot. I'm happy to say that he is a cool guy with a ton of talent. He is a continuation of a lineage of surfing and shaping authenticity. No machines, honest marketing, real surfer.

Amy, Thanks for an amazing gift. 5'8" mini-fish simmons quad, shaped as I watched and chatted. Currently at Moonlight awaiting glassing.




10 comments:

J.P. said...

ha, I didn't realize that you are the Born the Lose guy!

Alexandro said...

Nice gift! It sure looks like it's going to have "wings" ;)

pranaglider said...

Happy Birthday and Congratulations on the big 3 ohhh.

Great birthday present! I really need to have your wife talk to my wife!

Ryan said...

best gift ever. looking forward to seeing it when it's done. welcome to the 30's.

jhall said...

well happy b day buddy! i'm glad that you had a great timee. i really enjoy having people around who really get it, understand it, and appreciate it! i hope the board, each time you ride it, makes you think about your bday, albeit your big 30, but nonetheless, a especial one! slide the glide jh

pranaglider said...

A - Sorry to hijack your birthday post but I have been trying to research the "wings" several of the SD fish shapers were putting on their fish. Pavel, Frye, Warner etc. In my research it looks like you have been over the issue and I was wondering what you found. There is a "Starfish" I am looking at.

asmith said...

JP- it's kind of weird- what do you say, "hey I'm the guy who does the blog (ta da!). Nice to talk with you the other day and I can('t) wait to get the board under my feet.

Prana- I think Hank Warner does the starfish. I've heard very little about the design but it's premised upon providing a picot point for turning. Maybe Jhall can help us here? Maybe just send an email to Hank Warner? Sorry to be of so little help.

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vasco said...

Lucky Lucky guy!!!! Happy B Day! a little late...

KYScoast said...

Alex,

Sweet looking fishy! Enjoy it much. But most of all your wife and friends who made it all happen.