That’s why it pained me to see Jadson Andre, a Brazilian surfer in the ASP Top 44, beat his board repeatedly with the sole intention of breaking it in half at the US Open at Huntington Beach in August (click here and fast forward to 1:15). He was obviously frustrated and as a sponsored pro gets more free boards than most of us will see in a lifetime. But what a waste. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure he’s a really nice guy. I also realize it’s an ASP event and this is his livelihood and there are points and dollars involved and he’s a fierce competitor, etc. Nevertheless, what I and probably lots and lots of other surfers or fans of surfing saw was someone who took what he has for granted. Think how many kids around the world who can’t afford a surfboard. Think how much they would love to have one of his old, unwanted boards. Yet here he is – someone who gets paid to surf everyday – laser focused on breaking his board in a fit of rage. What a shame.
So, let this blog be about appreciating the surfboards we have and celebrating how and why we think they are unique. Many of my future posts will highlight one of the boards I have acquired over the years and why I think it’s unique. If you have a unique board you want to share, respond and tell me and other readers why it’s special to you. Until next time, may your waves be head high and glassy.