What is Integrity? Is there Integrity in your Hobby of Collecting Surf Memorabilia? Do you teach to others?

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.

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Those Crazy sellers and the Words they Mis-use!


Words  are powerful.  When I taught Mexican National Students english at Gonzales High School I worked on their vocabulary!  Words can also hurt.   Words can catch your interest quicker than a kick in the head!  You react to the word faster because you see the foot coming and can do something about the kick.   But Words, a smart vocabulary can get you fast every-time.  So what words to surfing memorabilia sellers over use?


The word Vintage actually refers to the age of wine.  Some sellers think if the item is over 24 hours old it is Vintage.  Vintage is an abused word.  Vintage is a key term to  over estimate value.  Vintage is also used when the seller knows nothing about the item he or she is selling.  Again, Vintage is an abused word.  All you have have to do is go to Craigs Lists and or Ebay Vintage Surfboard.  You see the five year old Aloha Shirt next to the 1957 Velzy Jacobs Balsa board that are both described as Vintage!  After about 2 hours research on this subject in different collectibles (another miss used word) I was convinced, Vintage is an abused word.  Inexperience sellers as I have mentioned before are not concerned about after the sale.  They just want as much money has they can get from you!


Standing side by side with Vintage are more abused words,  Mint Condition and Good Condition.   Rating scales of all antiques vary from item to item and collector to collector.    So if the seller is not  a collector why would you trust his or her judgement?  The Condition of an item determines it’s value.  There is no such thing as “for it’s age is in good condition or in mint condition”.   Mint condition is a surfboard that looks like it was made yesterday or today!!!  Good Condition means there are either or:  dings, water damage and or sun damage.  The sellers statement: “a collector said it was in good condition”.  Which collector told him this information.  Like I said a collection of dings, water damage and sun damage!!!  Not worth the sellers asking price!


We haven’t even touched on the seller digitizing the photo of the surfboard and photo  shopping the “Good Condition” right out of the board.  That flawed surfboard now looks near mint!  Remember, mint is mint (like it was made yesterday).  Ebay doesn’t recognize photo shopping as a problem, Why?   Because Ebay is a sellers service and let the buyer beware!  You can give them a bad review and the regular sellers just changes their log in and email address info.  Several of these types of sellers have been caught bidding against you and me, yeah again to get more money out of us!


Food for thought,  I had a list of about thirty words.  These two area were areas of concern with collectors of other objects.  So, How did a seller hood wink you?  I  have been stuck twice, once on decals and once on a board on ebay. How did you deal with the seller?  Always remember a picture with your reply is worth a 1000 words.


Keep Surfing, daCoach

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