Last night my loving wife asked me what I was doing today, (thinking this was leading into a request to do something extra) to which I replied,
" aaah, love, I am just super busy at the moment, I need to sit and do some work."
That was the moment she said she thought I might be going to Wavegliders in Ericeira. I pondered, yes I love visiting Nico and drooling over his surfboards, but why the question? It turns out that she had heard via social media Nico was having a one time sale. And it was on surfboards... I know!
With true joy in my heart and a new pep in my step, I quickly re-arranged the day, called Nic and got a plan together that involved a bit of work and, of course, a visit to see Nico at Wavegliders.
Like a dog that needs a drink, we stumbled through the morning, both aware of the possibilities of what might be. Something stirring deep inside me, the addict returning to the surface, the one that feeds on beautiful slices of foam and glass.
The Wavegliders shop is nestled deep in the heart of Ericiera in Portugal and is home to one of the most stunning selections of surfboards I have ever laid eyes on. Stepping through the door is like being sucked into another world of stoke. Nico lives and breathes surfing and everything that surrounds it. He is never short of ideas and conversation and (if I have not mentioned it before) makes pretty good boards.
This 'sale' that is happening over the coming weekend is (I am careful to say) a one-off event. The shop itself is small and crammed with wonderful boards from great shapers all over the world. It pays homage to surfing past and flirts with future shapes and designs. There is something for everyone in there as long as you appreciate surfboards.
Having recently purchased a new board I could not justify buying another so soon. Little did I know what was going to happen. I have been after a 'hull' or stubbie for a long time and always wanted Nico to make me one. Guess what, there was one in the shop. On sale. My dimensions. And it was... beautiful. On being told there was around 40% off the normal price I witnessed my hand involuntarily reaching for my back pocket which houses my wallet, it flipped open and the credit card made a bid for freedom. Nic grabbed me, " Remember mate!". Oh yeah, I was not supposed to be buying anything. Not yet. But this was special, this would never be repeated. The inner battle raged.
I managed to get outside and grab some fresh air. Phoned my beautiful wife who informed me I had just purchased a new board, she knew she was not talking to me but instead the addict. I didn't buy the board.
As it's sometimes good to live vicariously, I am tapping these keys as a way of therapy, to pass on the message, to know that someone might read these words and do what I could not. Go and check it out this weekend and don't be strong, give in to the addict, let it run free and revel in the glory of a stunningly built surfboard at just ridiculous prices.
It's now or never, literally.