Post surf, beer in hand, my wife and I are watching my new-to-surfing kids, 9 and 11, riding waves at The Wave Bristol. Of the 400 waves the Wavegarden’s modular electromechanical system had provided in an hour, they’d stood up on around 15 each. It had cost me roughly $160, and I was doing an internal balance sheet of the financial liability verses the obvious kids-smiles-on-dials asset. Was this, “The Ultimate surfing experience,” as advertised on the site? Every minute or so however, our view would be obscured.
“Just what are the grown men doing on those long skateboards,” interjected my non-surfing wife. “And why are they gyrating like Spider from School of Rock?” Spider, you may remember was the sinewy, snake-hipped character who replaced Jack Black’s Dewey as a guitarist in his band.