Sunday, October 16, 2016


The Black Sea. Was it really black or was that just some name everybody agreed to before I
got here? And what about the Red.... well, you get it. These were the conundrums of my 9 year-old mind. I figured that someday the only way I'd know for sure was to see for myself. And if it was, black that is, I'll get a sample and start a collection of waters of the world. From all kinds of exotic places. The Nile. The Amazon.That sounded good to me at the time and then I forgot about it for fifty years or so.

I should mention that in one of those years I actually did get to the Black Sea. I did, it was, and I briefly remembered my childhood plan. Very briefly.

Everything changed when I was working in my garage one day listening to the radio when  'Surfin' USA' came on. I must have heard the song thousands of times (even hearing it when it was a new release), but then the lyrics came to:

Haggerties and Swamies
Pacific Palisades
San Onofre and Sunset
Redondo Beach L.A.
All over La Jolla
At Waimea Bay...

Redondo Beach! I could start my water 'collection' right here in this 'exotic' place. Yes. And even better, I could make a small surfboard with the waters from all the sites mentioned in the song. So I did.


My friend Eric and I even went around to the local sites mentioned and collected water samples but later we figured it would be better if who ever wound up with this would have to fill 'em theirselves. 

I also built a blue board:

And then I thought it would be great to have smart individual boards for water from famous surf breaks from all over the world:

These were harder mainly because the wood 'rings' that held the tubes had to be from the same plank as the board so they aligned visually.

By this time it made no sense to leave out a set for the oceans of the world:

And they're great for a reason: The Great Lakes:

And finally, the water that I always wanted to personally collect:


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