realsurf reporting. we did it for noodles.
‘ Here, you can have this camera, ‘
Don hands over a scarred DC50 Kodak digital and half a dozen Nickcad batteries .
OK says Larry*, arms folded, and whose last camera was a Box Brownie.
‘ Plus all this Photoshop software, Adobe stuff, A1, dead easy to use. ‘
Don hands over a box of CD’s and manuals, plenty of manuals. Extras just in case. Plus there’s a Grateful Dead CD in there.
Great says Larry, farewelling Ned Ludd with great reluctance.
‘ Plus this recharger, the batteries fade after about five days and will need about three hours on this.’
Terrific says Larry, I’ll make a note.
‘ Just take a couple of shots every day, put ‘em through the software on your computer then stick ‘em up on the site, easy. Link in, download, edit and punch go.‘
‘ Every day? asks Larry, ‘ that mean Sundays as well? ‘
Don nods agreeably, breaks out a BIG smile, starts talking about linked URL’s, site statistics, daily page visits, weekly page visits, monthly …. yearly. Pyramid stats, world domination.
Go Don. He’s a Californian.
‘ Of course the best time to take a surf photo is in the morning, get it at its best, try to get a little elevation and side on aspect. That gets a little more bulk into the shot, looks better, try for the lineup everytime. ‘
Larry is seeing himself halfway up the cliff at South Avalon at 5am on a Sunday morning, with a blood count of about 10.00 – because Saturday night is always a big one – trying to take a photo of the set of the day at LA, and hoping that the smell of burning plastic is not his car burning in the carpark. There were a few moments there with the LA lads, all pals now.
‘ – and of course there is a spot on the web-site where you can give a bit of a description of what the surf’s like on the day. Stick a few words in, anything reasonable. Be yourself.‘
I nearly kissed the old geezer.
‘ – imagine, you get your words up on the web every day. We’ll be gettin’ five thousand site visits a day in no time, – you’ll be bloody famous! I’ll stick you email address on so’s they can talk to you direct. ‘
This was about 1996 and web log wasn’t blog yet.
‘ Whaddya say Lazzer? – this is groundbreaking stuff, we’ll be in the top ten sport sites by December 1999, there’s nothing out there like it.’
‘ Hey, ‘ says Don, with the big smile back on the bearded dial, ‘ I’ll buy you dinner every once in a while, at Manly, I got a discount at the noodle shop. You don’t mind driving? ’
* pseudonym, not
my his real name