LOTW runs for seven days, with the week’s most brilliant submissions picked and posted every Monday on surfingmagazine.com. There are two ways to write in: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the Write a Letter tab on our Facebook page.
This week’s LOTW is Dutch in origin. Apparently, so are a large number of our Twitter followers. Awesome. The author prefaced his letter by writing, “In advance I would like to apologize for possibly using some wrong grammar or spelling in my Letter Of The Week. I’m from Holland and still working on it!” Awesome.
“What’s your home spot?” asked the surf dude I’m talking to. “YouTube…” I answered. I caught some gnarly waves in Indonesia, South Africa, California, Morocco…all while sitting on my chair at home.
But tomorrow is the big day! My first day on a surfboard. The wave forecast isn’t very positive. It appears to be flat. I don’t know whether this is going to be a problem for me or not. Let’s start easy. Let’s protect myself from being a barney.
I left the newest O’Neill Hyperfreak boardshorts hanging there when I went to the surf shop in Amsterdam. Instead, I bought a cheap short, coolness factor minus 0. No brand. No name. Just a white short with nothing on it. Perfectly white for a surf-virgin like me. I’m about to paint my short in all colors of the rainbow. Starting with a bit of red tomorrow. The red of blood I will see in my eyes, frustrated for not being able to stand up on these tiny waves. But in my dreams, I see myself end up painting my short with the brightest blue I can get. Blue of the beautiful water at Hawaii, surfing the most beautiful waves of the world. But it will take many more sessions after that first one tomorrow, to leave my home spot: YouTube.
Wish me luck,
Thanks, LC. Globe is rewarding your letter — which reminds us how truly Globe-al surfing has become — with a massive clothing/footwear prize pack. You don’t have to paint the clothes, but f—k, you’re Dutch. You can do anything you want.
Next week’s LOTW gets Christmas in July courtesy of the RVCA warehouse — so start typing, and thanks to everyone who’s been writing us letters.