Dear Mom and Dad
You really missed it. The contest was so organized, smooth and pleasurable be that I’m still in shock. Never could have done it without Tay’s help. The judging system that she started was very fair and incredibly quick. There were no dissenters, every one that I asked felt that everyone placed as they should have, forgive my broken English. I imagine that Tay and Jo will give you an accounting, so I’ll be grief (good brief!!) Compared to last year the weather was very similar. Started at ten and went to 12:45 during which time we covered 2 Heats (2H) 12 and under, 3-15, Women’s Div. 6 of em, and finals for each division. Handed out shirts to those who had competed and broke an hour for lunch. Resumed at 2:00 and did 3H 16-18, 19-21, lH 22-26, 1H 27 and up, and an overall mens final involving 2 from each heat ages 19 -26. Tay and I took the overall and division honors which 1 have some minor guilt twinges about but 1 am relieved to win it after losing to Scott W. the first year. Toward the end the condition were degeneration and the mens overall was a very impromptu, almost canceled for lack of judges, loose and enjoyable Jam session. Handed out prizes shortly after (about 5:30) to the few remaining people and had the draw for the Morey Boogie (but you had to be there to claim it) The crowd loved it as we drew about 10 slips before finally giving it away to Ray Williams. Late that night before the contest Jamie and 2 friends wandered in and camped out in the loft so they got to see the contest the next day. Jamie was looking rather haggard and doubled over but still pretty good so soon out of the Hospital. Glad that all happened before you went to Switz. Will work hard M T W and fill all my orders and then take 3 days off perhaps 4 and look for wavea outside of Orange Co. Though I’d gladly trade places with you for a few days. AAAWHOOOHAAA
Sam is very well behaved and healthy, she’d send her love but I have to watch the weight of this letter.
Tay is my oldest sister, and she came from a gymnastics background, so she proposed the simple 10 point scale for each wave. And Jo is my older sister.
Jaime was my cousin from out Redlands way. I think he had a run in with a bad mosquito that gave him spinal meningitis or something heavy like that. He passed away a few years back.
Ray Williams is the core of the Victoria Beach scene from the 60’s and going on strong still. Was skimming way before I arrived at Vic. Surfed all over Mexico, knows everybody from the earliest days of Laguna, still a competitor in the annual Vic V-ball tourney on Labor Day weekend. One of the luckiest SOB’s I know.
My Mom and Dad were taking a trip of a lifetime swing thru the alps, hiking from one hut to another each day.
Sam was their Bassett hound, and the nicest canine love machine ever. Of course food is always most important to these friends of man.
This letter is postmarked August 22, 1979. Air Mail Par Avion Aerogramme and mailed to Scheidegg, Switzerland.
Contest equipment: 4 beach chairs.