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GoT wAx? - a little Wax Attack
by Cam Scott
Thursday October 09, 2003
I just couldn't get mad. I swear in all honesty, as I scraped the wax off the windows I was whistling the same tune that I had been whistling all morning. I love the autumn. The bugs are gone, the storms push through and energize the place and cleanup the air, and after all, as wax jobs go, this one wasn't too bad. Very little on the windshield and hardly any on the other side. I guess people were watching.
The first big swell of the year had arrived
I kind of had a hunch at one point when I was down at the water's edge shooting. The hackles on the back of my neck tingled like someone's eyes were drilling a few amps into me. I turned and looked at the truck. There was a guy and a girl standing there blocking my view of the truck and when I turned back a moment later they were gone. I thought "wonder if they slashed the tires". BCAA will tow me anywhere, I got real good comprehensive insurance of course, and I kind of need new tires.
So a few hours later, I'm scraping the wax off my windows and the only three people that I can see that are really enjoying it all as much as I am, are this guy and girl that were blocking the view of my truck and the third guy. The happy trio is way across the parking lot, past the south corner. Now this third guy is like a piece of crystal. He's laughing and slapping his thigh, but when I look at him he keeps laughing, turns sideways, steps back behind the girl, and then one more step back behind the vehicles and disappears quickly followed by his friends. Of course in all likelihood and probability these three were just enjoying themselves, I mean, waxed windows can be pretty funny.
I usually carry citrus cleaner in my toolbox. Great for grease and it melts wax off glass faster than you can say doofus. If only I had some with me today. Some guy offered to get me a razor blade which saved me from hunting around, pulling out my rear seat looking for a popsicle stick or some other pseudo scraper. It took him a while to find one and I really appreciate it. It made the drive to town easy and the young sales lady that found the citrus cleaner on the shelf, also came out with paper towels and helped. Really, really nice.
So let's add this up.
What I, and I hope all of our contributors, try to do with this web site is entertain and inform our neighbors and friends. Getting my car waxed has kept me entertained for the last few hours. I got to think about how to put this page together, and just as good, I got to think about positive perspective and the power of it. I hope my waxed windows have entertained you all for a few minutes as well.
The information part is how to get wax off your windshield, or hell, even your surfboard. I picked up an all natural citrus concentrate, organic, no less. It's called Orange cleaner and it works as good as any other citrus cleaner I have used. The drill is to scrape excess wax off and you can use the cleaner on paper towels but spraying it directly on the wax is better. Then wipe it off.
I'm also told "A little Rain-X applied to the windows every six months and you can wipe off the wax with your shirt sleeve."
Just one thing in closing. I don't see getting my windows waxed as being a huge event in my day. I just can't give an act like this much validity, or take its message to heart. It's just too impersonal and mindless. It's also really dumb in a day and age when there're so many video cameras around with excellent built-in zooms. Do it enough and eventually you'll make the evening news.
By the way, if you have/get any pictures of surf related vandalism on Vancouver Island send them in and share them with us. Your stories are welcome too. You can post photos and your opinions here on this page, anonymously if you like.
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I'm sick and tired of hearing stories like this and I'm really tired of the attitude of a select few inbred f$#ks that think they are too cool for school out there in the line-up. To all you jack asses who think you own the river YOU DON'T! and nobody does... that place owns all of us on any given day and at any given moment. It is only through cooperation, teaching and trial and error that anybody gets the hang of any surf spot on the island and the sooner certain people pull their heads out their asses and learn how to be civil and actually teach people what and what not to do out there instead of trying to play the tough guy we will all be better off.
There are more people out in the water than ever before because more and more people are realizing how fun the sport is and it is certainly not the fault of any one person that this is the case...and to all you winy self appointed locals...sorry I mean "Jokals" SUCK IT UP! To everybody else, see you in the line up, keep at it and most of all just have fun out there.
People who treat others with respect command respect those who don't.......
G'day Cam, We had a chat on the point Thursday.
About the waxing....well done for not buying into such cowardly behavior, the needledicks who do that kind of stuff are unfortunately a part of all facets of our society, they are unavoidable. The knowledge that karma will eventually kick them in the head somehow makes it OK to deal with. Only last week someone similar to your mate smashed the front window of my car. Like you, I whistled to myself as I cleaned up the broken glass in the knowledge that my life is way more fullfilled than all of these cowards put together..
See you soon,
This ain't going to be popular but here goes:
Cam, many people are calling you a surf pimp and a strong contributing factor to the increasing crowds in the line ups on the South Island.
This past week has been insane for the number of new faces in the surf. People who wouldn't have found surfing if it wasn't for people like you who are posting pictures and information on this website.
All I keep hearing from users on this board is that they have as much right to be in the surf as anyone else. But do you?
Let's stir the pot some more, this is getting fun. A little more devil's advocacy...
Cam: I enjoy this site. I cringe at the kookiness, smirk at the old crusties, and laugh at (with) Borecky with everyone else. No, your site hasn't created the massive influx of surfers on the South Island. But it is definintely an influence, and more importantly, perhaps the most visible influence out there.
There's a lot of people around here that have pretty much devoted their lives to surfing, giving up a normal life to chase the waves, 10, 20, 30 years or more. They watched the crowds balloon out of control: when there are 35 people out at slightly below average first peak, as there were earlier this week, it is pretty much no fun for anyone. There's a lot of anger out there, and whether reasonable or justified, it still exists. I'm sure if they could have waxed the windows of the X games execs or the surf clothing manufacturers (as full on surf pimps), they would; as it stands, your sticker was about the most visible sign there is. Your truck is a symbol of what has gone bad in surfing for these people.
Well put, Ashly.
I have surfed in many places around the world, but have seldom if ever come across the "sub-human" mindset that unfortunately tends to make its presence felt at [spot]. Most of these characters are below average in wave-riding ability, and have IQ's well below room temperature. This is just to offer you moral support at this time, Cam, and once again to congratulate you on your superb website.
It is best to rise above the 'sub-human' class of surfer. Although the replies that you have received are shocking as well, are all surfers complete whack jobs with a propensity for swearing? Honestly, if you want to make a point atleast do so coherently otherwise you end up identifying with the people that vandalise and make this world a toilet.
It's embarrassing to see that surfer's do this... the small town mentality... hick surfers... grow up... or get the f$#k out of the water... the ocean is for all
I think it's f$#kin' bullshit... All these f$#kin' fags out there who are too f$#kin' scared to say anything to ure face and yet they tag ure f$#kin' rides. Cowards in the fullest. These guys are the f$#kin' kooks! And to all the fags that are tagging rides... Try it when I'm around... I'll f$#kin' smash you! Got it...
please post what I wrote word for word. They need to get the hint....