It has been a few years coming, and this body can take no more. Age, yes, somewhat a factor, but not so much as what life has dealt me with respect to medical conditions that have taken its toll since 2007. With back pain 24/7, and nothing that renders it tolerable anymore, even the Rx pills and 420 card, it has become so much of an effort even to put on, and take off a wetsuit.
The memories and reminders will be there for a life time, but what to do with all the equipment I have acquired: 5 wetsuits( all XL ), 4 pair of XCEL booties( size 10 ), 2 pair of 3mm gloves( large ), 1 hood( XL ), numerous bars of wax, leashes( six 10'ers ), 1 boogie board, 1 pair of Churchill Fins( ML 9 - 10.5 ) and those four 9'6" longboards . . . one of which will not be sold because of its increasing value, shaped "By Rich Harbour." Craigslist has been a disaster to even attempt to sell there anymore, what with all the porn spam, and just plain DICKS who respond 80% of the time knowing they're only trying to get something for nothing, and believing you'll fall for their con.
So, if anybody is interested in any of the equipment I have mentioned, with the exception of the boards because I'm pretty sure nobody wants to shell out over $700 for any one of them, I know, "+classified," but I've been there already and no takers, let me know and I'll open up my email contact.
In parting of doing something that has been an integral part of my life since 1962, I'll still be at the beach, enjoying it and taking photos, but not surfing anymore. It is with much sadness that I say, Keep The Stoke! I had been, but it has just been so difficult and painful, physically, and now emotionally that I make the decision to put an end to it.
Aloha and Mahalo