I recently saw several descriptions for surfboards for sale saying a prominent person in surfing said? Now it’s pretty easy to name drop without getting caught. But to quote our big Boss Greg “Someone is going to call bullshit”. Whether it is during the sale or after the sale someone is going to check. But Coach, I don’t know any of these guys well enough to check? Well here is some food for thought. Personally I want to know when someone has misused my name, regardless of the circumstances!
First a little story: During a Surf O Rama back in the early nineties I was surfing down at 38th ave in front of Jack O’Neill’s House. During my session I saw the ugliest David Nuuhiwa Nose Rider I have ever seen in my life. The owner had taken grey and black spray paint from a hardware store and repainted the surfboard. Yes, I said he repainted it. When he paddle out I paddle over by him and had a look. I had just paddled back into the lineup and over heard the owner of this ugly surfboard say, “Pete Noble said my board is worth at least $1500″. Every one who knew me in the line up turned and looked at me. I very slowly butt paddled over by this guy. I pretended to be interested in the ugly surfboard. I asked, “So Pete Noble gave you an estimate? Do you know Pete well?”. Like a true idiot he said, “Yes!”. Well let’s say I was very harsh with the owner of the ugly surfboard. I order him out of the water and he left!
Now anybody can use anybody for a reference or a selling point. But before you invest any money you need to make a couple of calls or emails. First, you can contact me and I can verify the information for you. But it is easier than that. If you have been collecting surfing memorabilia for a period of times the friends you have made know someone who can check for you. I have never heard of a fellow true collector refusing to help anyone. Remember my blog on Friends? Yes, someone in your circle knows someone who can check the person out for you. I have made several inquires for myself. Even if I don’t know the person I call and check out the information. I alway like to get the info from the horses mouth, if you know what I mean. Yes, these people generally know who I am. If they don’t I have a friend of a friend give the a heads up I am calling. I do not have money to waste.
Unfortunately when people need to sell they will tell you what you want to hear. Do you remember I told you there are times you just have to walk away. That old saying, “If it too good to be true!” maybe its a restored board a laser print or a fake. Another word I use is “Patience”. Keeping these thoughts in your mind it will help in your dealings with people who drop names in their item description. Always do your homework and you will always be successful, listen to daCoach.
Ok, What’s your story? The deal you got hood winked on? The deal you passed on even though it sounded so good? As always remember a photo with your reply is worth a 1000 words.
Keep Surfing, daCoach