That story is from and by Tim Tatum and was posted via Kate's FB ~
Jamie made me a lovely 8'0 a few years back, after my son (a student of his) and I had surfed a number of times with Jamie and another Sonoma Academy teacher, Michael Peller, in Baja on a school break, and along the Sonoma Coast at various breaks after school some days. I had surfed as a younger man but it had been many years and I was, in effect, re-learning how to manage it. He apparently read my skill level fairly well, and I must thank him for the faith he put in my ability to progress from where I was at the time to a higher level. The first good wave I caught with that board was like a guy who had been driving an old Buick being given the keys to a Porsche....that 8'0 is still the family favorite...."Dad, do you mind if I take the 8'0 today...?"
If my wife had not been home that night I would have put that board in bed with me to keep it warm...
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