"What the heck does this have to do with George Floyd or police brutality?"
Oh these are wild days by any stretch, what with a novel virus still lingering on warming (northern hemisphere) air, social distancing the norm, face masks de rigueur, school out for summer, school maybe out forever.
Add to this riots breaking out all over the United States of America in protest of another unarmed black man murdered at the hands of police officers. A collective sob rippling through city after city as police precincts burn, police cars get smashed, mayors attempting to ease through curfew, National Guard mobilize.
Will all this violence lubricate the gears of justice that seem to have frozen?
Hope springs eternal, but, unfortunately, over-enthusiastic, volume-craving bad apples are taking advantage of the social breakdown, smashing into surf shops and stealing mid-length surfboards.
Yesterday, San Clemente stand-out Nate Yeomans posted an Instagram video of the action.
Condemnation from surfers everywhere was swift, as it should have been, but shame and sympathy also imbued my personal rage.
Shame because I know I’m part of the problem, having just filled the mid shaped hole in my heart with a gorgeous Channel Islands MID, talking very much about it and surfing it quite exceptionally.
Sympathy because I know, intimately, the unique thrill.
Mid-length guru Devon Howard said, “What the heck does this have to do with George Floyd or police brutality? If you see these on Craig’s list please DM me. They are clear Takayamas, made with epoxy, small ‘Howard special’ logo on decks.”
Keep your eyes peeled.