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Hey fellow Jamboarders, The following stories are not meant to come across as bragging, I had a crazy night at work and it made me think of some crazy things that I have experienced and I thought it would make a funny post. The following stories are totally true and I'm sure some of you have some borderline unbelievable funny stories about run ins with famous people as well. If you do? then go ahead and post them. I think it'll be funny.

I love surfing!!!! :D Now that this is surf related I'm good to go. I am a GM of a restaurant in Philadelphia and I just had a crazy night at work that ended with me having to drive a totally trashed famous skateboarder home (his name rhymes with Damn Largera) in his purple Lamborghini (probably my first and last time driving a Lambo). In the car at the time were also his drunk friend and some random hot girl. 4 people in a Lamborghini? fvcking classic!!! Anyways, it was a pretty crazy run in with a famous person but not my craziest. In LA in 1990 there was a bar on Sunset strip named The Black and Blue. The Black and Blue was owned by Dolph Lundgren and Sylvester Stallone's brother Frank. I met both of them one night and it was very surreal being that I was very young and had never really met any "famous" people before. I happened to be in The Black and Blue underage with some surfer friends of mine who moved out to LA from NJ and started a band named Ghost Town. Ghost Town was the opening act that night for some band with Billy Mumy (the kid from Lost in Space) and Miguel Ferrer (RoboCop, NCIS, etc.) So we're at this bar and all 140 lbs of me is trashed off of 3 beers and I decide to start playing pool. So I'm playing this guy and I'm actually beating him pretty good when I hear this other guy say to my opponent "Hey bro, how you making out?" my opponent then responds "I'm getting my ass kicked by this kid" to which the random guy then says something along the lines of "this punk?" The next thing I remember is I've got the...
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It’s hard to NOT come to the conclusion that nearly all longboard surfers these days are just dressing up in the same old, tired costume. Their boards are so generic, so retro, so focused on cosmetics, so unimaginative, so truly NOT custom. Not that they realize this of course. What the average Joe is riding is so disheartening. In many ways it’s only hurting them, but at least they don’t know it, proof that God is kind.

So, what is the problem?

An insightful friend pointed out to me that most surfers today have some sort of ‘X’ length formula burned into their brain. It states something to the effect that they feel ‘OK’ about riding a 9-0 at age 35. It’s safe, not too prone to ridicule…All based on what the ‘culture’ tells them is OK. At age 40, they compensate upwards to a 9-6, and continue upward. Just add 4” for every birthday over 40.

This is the most basic situation in the ever-aging surfing population. And even with that being the case, do you EVER see anything different for this huge mass of surfers? Never. What is culturally acceptable, not personally interesting, is what determines personal board choice. If you step outside this culturally accepted ‘norm’, watch out. What? A guy with something different?

Take your average aging surfer, liking longer boards but not really having the skills to ride like David N. on the nose. I fall into that category. I love the glide and trim of longer boards, but I’ve never hung ten, rarely five. How about you? Anyone else want to raise their hand?

So, why is it?

There are few forward thinkers in the surfing world, maybe even less so in the ranks of your common shaper. Unimaginative shapers, all replicating someone else’s tired ideas from 10-30 years ago. If left to the shapers out there, your average 45 year old will be riding the same board in 2045 as he is today. If the surf culture en masse started experimenting, the average guy’s surfing would improve....
anyone on it?
Ekstrom's quote on V bottoms is: Yeah, I'll make you one, but you're gonna hate me in six months. A failed experiment that only worked when the tail was cut into a swallow, ala the Mirandon brothers. Still, this is one of the nicer Vs from that era.

Swallow tail motif ...

From the collection of:

Mike Bonaguidi

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I have been looking at pigs/piggish boards with the wide point back of center. I currently have a Cooperfish Nosedevil and I am looking for a board for non-ideal noseriding type conditions(more turning, trimming, with some hang fives). Is a board like this ideal? I am intrigued by this

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at times, I'll be out in the water and someone will be snaking everyone. I mean if that person lives by the golden rule, then aren't they saying "please snake me"?
Roy infects many threads. Once he gets on the thread it's very difficult to abstain from feeding him.

Hence this thread. May this thread be a place to cut and paste his efforts to stir the pot in hopes of keeping his threads alive, or cut and paste his efforts to stir the pot just for the sake of it.
like the title states, i'm selling my Subaru Legacy & now seek a replacement. anyone have or know of a Corolla wagon, 1995-97 Odyssey or similar in the SE Mass area for sale?

any help is greatly appreciated...

thx