Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Surfs Up

the kid got a new surf board tonight...after repeated attempts to repair old surf boards....starting with a short board, 5'11", that I picked up on the beachside for real cheap....a couple of failed repairs later....you have no idea how hard it is to repair a surf board....I thought it was a simple affair involving fiberglass bought from the local auto parts store.....not so lucky....the skill of repairing a surfboard is not an easy undertaking....took me three attempts to realize that I had no idea about what I was doing....but it would hold water for about three hours before becoming a submarine....but then I came across a long board...7'4" .....that needed a little repair....another project....I was in heaven.....until I realized that it would also involve fiberglass repair.....at least it would hold water for about six hours.....I guess I gotta learn that skill if the kid and his little sis are going to be surfers ....but then Jon-Jon found the finds of all time....a board for sale.... cheap...and basically in our backyard....New Smyrna Beach....anyway...the kid and I drove down this evening and checked out the board.....a 6'8" fiberglass board that a local firefighter has owned since new.....has been repaired three times by a professional...there is a difference in quality....and with a cool logo...the kid thought it was great and after a short visit with the seller and his roommate.....gotta love buying from roommates... they fix everything and always have it professionally done....something about 'dinks'... dual income no kids.....like the bus, the kid kept his bankroll in one pocket, a couple of notes short of the asking price and he struck a deal.....didn't even have to dip into the second pocket... got it short enough to afford a new leash and maybe a sock too....of course the new board can't stay in the garage with the others so the kid has made a spot for it in his room....at least until we can build a rack for the beach toys in the garage.....stopped by the longroof's condo on the way home to show it off and he took this picture....thanks again John....

3 comments:

bus rider said...

Is that Carl Edwards?

Kristin said...

I wanna see the backflip to know for sure. Congrats to James on the new toy.

d5thouta5 said...

funny you bring that up Jim....the kid was conceived in Joplin Mo...