Monsieur Alex -- 10/17/03
Date: October 17, 2003
Words: Another alt.surfing hookup, this time with Alex of France.
The day started off bad for me, with my daughter's ride arriving a bit late. Then I was "coerced" to go into work even though it was my day off. When I finally got on the road, a traffic accident bogged the freeway. Argh!
Got to the beach park around 8:15 and got to meet Alex and his wife and son. They were supposed to come last winter, but a major operation forced them to delay the trip. Thankfully, Alex is healthy as ever, and even more stoked.
There was small-kine surf, but we went out to little Pipe/Backdoor anyway to get some mostly head-high waves. I tried introducing him to whomever I knew in the lineup so that if he went out without me, he could at least know a familiar face or two.
Alex scored a couple of good Backdoor barrels, and I got a few fun ones myself. Alex was a very competent rider and a really nice guy. Once again, it was really neat meeting someone for the first time after six years of online dialoging. He pretty much was the person I envisioned.
I was on a short timetable, so I couldn't spend time with him and his family, but I expected to hook up again later in the weekend. With the surf on the rise, things looked good. Au revoir, for now.
Aloha from Paradise,