Clueless Idiot Review: Accessory Guy
These people are a laugh riot. And a marketing manager's dream come true. Suffering from a definite case of Media Poisoning, they're driven like lemmings to encase themselves in a cloud of designer crap that they believe will conceal their lameness from all the rest of us.
Pull up to the damn beach in some kinda bloated SUV that costs as much as some people's houses, or perhaps a fucking tricked out woody that, through it's finely polished ambiance, has become the EXACT antithesis of what it originally meant to own a woody. To wit: "This clunker was twenty years old when I bought it in 1957, and is a total piece of shit, but I'm broke and it's the only thing I could afford that will swallow the ridiculous giant redwood surfboard I ride with all my buddies at Palos Verdes Cove."
Put down the mePhone, get outta the Look-At-Me-Car, and check the waves. Hair perfectly coifed, ninety-dollar "Hawaiian" shirt neatly tucked into his walk shorts (sporting "real coconut buttons", no doubt), and a pair of designer sandals that costs more than a night out on the town with your ex-wife's lawyer.
Of course he's got the all the latest in computerized internet gear, which will tell him in precise detail what the swell's gonna look like next month in Fiji, but he still has to come down to the fucking beach at home and eyeball the damn thing in person. I'm quite sure that annoys the hell out of him, but that's life baby.
Squint into the morning glare in the parking lot at First Light through two-hundred and fifty dollar sunglasses.
Two foot high-tide backed-off mush.
To surf or not to surf, that IS the question.
After an appropriate length of time is spent to ensure that anybody who might be watching is properly impressed with the mental work involved in such a momentous decision, it's "go surf."
Another whole fucking procedure in itself.
Open the back of the pricey automobile and it's pick and choose time. Three different boards, and an equal number of wetsuits. Rash guards. Fins. Two kinds of sunblock. Three different cords. Four kinds of surfwax. Takes off the Rolex and puts on a dive watch while considering his options. Calf leash? Ankle leash? Cold water wax? Cool water wax? What to do? What to do?
Discuss it with some of the other accessory people who've arrived a bit earlier and are all sorta milling around, scratching their asses and trying to figure out what to do. These guys like each other's company and it shows. Forty five minutes get totally wasted debating the various pros and cons of all that damn gear. Fin setups. Rails. Rocker. Shapers. Concave. Glass jobs. Not a single one of these people actually understand anything they're talking about, but it's all just a dodge anyhow. Allows anal-retentive bastards to obliquely refer to all that expensive crap they've got without appearing as if it's the hot-gas cloud of braggadocio that it really is.
Yeah. Sure fooled us, Accessory Guy.
Finally, after putting on more damn crap than a drag queen, Accessory Guy enters the water. The wind has already switched onshore but that doesn't seem to make the least difference.
Paddle the twenty-four hundred dollar 9'-2" "special edition" signature model with the quad-fin setup into the lineup.
Stroke for a wave.
Pearl on takeoff, face plant into the water, board rebounds and knocks Accessory Guy squarely in the head.
You were expecting Kelly Slater perhaps?