(maybe knowing that is the biggest gift in itself)
Surfing is an experience maybe a lifestyle but not a product (you can't buy a set wave from The Queen)
I suppose there is some stuff required
(I ALWAYS get email from naked body surfers who will argue the point and then send pictures)
but we tend to get more and more and more stuff,
(especially here in the land of plenty)
some of the stuff never get used, a waste of the materials and energy that went into the manufacturing process and lots of this stuff ends up in a landfill.
(I'm not buying that's a thoughtful gift for your great, great, great, great, great grandchildren who might be cultural anthropologists)
So what do you need?
(do peaks come in a ten pack with a side of off shore winds?)
More importantly during the gift giving season, what do you need that someone can buy you?
Grandma is more likely to pick up the pop out from the offshore sweatshop than the custom board from your local shaper.
(It had all those pretty plastic flowers and it came with matching shirt and trunks dearie)
(If grandma is jiggy with it and knows your local shaper (happy birthday wishes go out to Gary Hanel BTW) then goody for you and your obviously outstanding genetic lineage. Grandma may have even gotten handplanes for all the grand kids this year.)
Ok so where does that leave us?
(wax on wax off)
I had a standing order for surf wax for all gift giving occasions for years
(If you see me at the beach, ask me, I have some)
(hopefully the humor of a mat rider with a huge stash of wax is not lost on you)
80 degrees and sunny
Old man winter
wears shorts, a t-shirt and flip flops...
Humanity is slowly caving under an tidal wave of emails
enticements for buying more
At the Not-Thanksgiving-Any-More, Black-Friday, Cyber-Monday sale
Everything at fire sale prices amazingly similar to
(oh here we go...)
is that you turn off all of your
and step outside
to a time when holiday magic
was just that
instead of a growing debt
to be paid back in monthly installments
after adding an 18 percent change
take a walk
maybe somewhere with trees
but a nice beach will do
try and remember the magic
of those old holidays
presents under the tree
but maybe it was just
a slight pause
began to rush by