Sometimes, things don’t go the way you plan. You miss your alarm, get stuck in traffic and roll up late to work. You spend too long in surf-check limbo and the wind swings onshore. You forget to lodge the annual Pipeline comp permit request, kicking off a vicious domino effect that ends with the cancellation of the 2018 Pipe Comp. Maybe you fudge a few important shipping details and accidentally send the first box of our new issue, originally destined for Movement HQ, to Californian ex-pro / living legend, Jay Reale.
We realised our booboo after Mr. Reale posted a snap of the new cover from his surf shop’s Instagram page. Two weeks before the official unveiling, before any of us had seen it, felt it, flicked through it’s sweet-smelling pages to ensure there’s no glaring fuck-ups that we missed before send-off.
Luckily, Jay is a Reale cool dude and, once we pleaded our case of mistaken addresses, took the photo down. But seeing he was the world’s first person to lay hands on the new issue, we thought it’s only fair that Mr. Reale is also the world’s first to review the sucker. (He was gentle.)
MM: So Jay, how does it feel to be the first person in the world to read the new issue?
JR: I feel an undeniable sense of all-consuming power and dominance over the world of bodyboarding media. But seriously, when we received them I had no idea no one else had seen a finished copy. I think surprise is the appropriate word.
What do you think of it?
My initial impression was that it brings a level of class to our sport – from the hard cover to the stunning images, the breadth of topics and personalities covered. It’s something worth having as a collectors' item. [Ed note: I promise we did not pay him for this.]
Aw, shucks. Favourite image?
Tough call. There's a super-raw shot of Charlie Holt taken by Josh Tabone. The wave is nothing special or big, and the water color sucks, but it represents the ‘meat and potatoes’ bodyboarders around the world; the guys out their local spots every day, whether it's firing or shitty, just trying to throw down something cool. And of course, the group shot [including Reale] at Waimea Shorey, circa 1988. Brings back incredible memories.
If we told you we purposely sent you the first mag as we value you and your brand above everyone else, will you consider giving us more ad money?
Issue 43 is exclusively for sale in the U.S. at www.Ebodyboarding.com