In the past three weeks I have lost two former players to needless drive by shootings. Yes, here on the Monterey Penissula random shootings. What the world needs now is not love, it’s Integrity! I recieved so many positive responses from this piece in it’s last printing, so here we go!
Over the past 3 years I have met some wonderful people doing this blog. I have also met some very questionable people. I can’t figure out their motives for their point of view of what they want from me? I have mentioned before when I started collecting all this ”Junk” way back when. Junk is what my closest non-surf friends thought! There were not many of us collecting surf memorabilia. There was an unwritten code. We were surfers and knew better than to snake our buddies in the water. So when it came to collecting all this stuff none of us use underhanded strategies to snake our buddies. New collectors will tell you that happen because there was so much stuff available it didn’t matter if you got a certain item. Sooner rather than later it came you way. However, I believe we all had and have Integrity!
In 1988 I finally got to visit my hero Coach Jim Wacker at TCU. Every coach had a framed poster in his office ”Do it with Class” and “What is Integrity”. He ran his high profile football program as closes to the rule as you can get. These two poster of which I brought copies back to Monterey and had them framed for our office got me to thinking! So what is Integrity?
Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy in that integrity regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs. The word “integrity” stems from the Latin adjective integer (whole, complete). In this context, integrity is the inner sense of “wholeness” deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of Character. As such, one may judge that others “have integrity” to the extent that they act according to the values, beliefs and principles they claim to hold. A value system’s abstraction depth and range of applicable interaction may also function as significant factors in identifying integrity due to their congruence or lack of congruence with observation. A value system may evolve over time. While retaining integrity if those who espouse the values account for and resolve inconsistencies.
My Integrity as a Professional Coach in evaluating physical performance enhances my ability as a surf judge because I am always consistent and always fair. The 41 years of Coach in me will not let me cheat or show favoritism!
My questions to our readers? Is the piece of Surfing Memorabilia worth a friend? Is your need to make a profit worth the means to make that profit? Would your friend snake you on a deal knowingly? I mean offer another $100 just to get it from you or worst than that would you do that? My good friend Boots always reminds us “It’s just surfing”. If you snaked a person and or friend is the piece of Surfing Memorabilia still as enjoyable to you and as valuable? They say the hunt is generally more pleasing than the kill!
I have gotten many emails “What the hell did you tell that guy?” When I started I would give a range. People would miss quote me and list items ten times what I thought they were worth. That worth I based on my market study and comparisons of today market, not three years ago or five years ago! We all do this to have fun it is our hobby and not how we pay the rent. However, I have recieved more great emails than negative one, thank you!
I have many stories about people we all know or know of extremely great others stories that will just make you sick! I also can tell you many great stories of great people who collect surfing memorabilia. Please share your opinion on your hobby? Or tell a nightmare story how you were snaked? Or share that special story were you showed your Integrity in a surf deal? Remember a picture is worth a 1000 words. This is all food for thought!
Oh by the way the pictures are special people in my life who would never snake me in the water or on a surf deal. Remember, Clarence the Angel in “It’s a Wonderful Life” No man is a failure who has friends.
Keep Surfing, da Coach
PS: I feel better I got to share this with you all again, my friends.