How would you feel walking into a surf shop with permission to take any surfboard off the rack… Pretty dreamy, right? Well that was a reality for the winner of the Robert August Surfboard Giveaway this past May, Russel Kent. We like to do these giveaways a few times a year because we love the feeling of giving back to our valued guests and hearing the sound of their voice when we call them with unbelievable news. “Is this a joke? Am I getting scammed?!” is the initial response we normally get in today’s world where everything seems too good to be true.
When Russell was staying with us for 2 weeks this past June, he was able to pick his free board off the rack and test it out while here on the Intermediate Surf Tours. We took a moment to catch up and congratulate him in person. Here’s what he had to say:
How many times have you been to Witch’s Rock?
Tamarindo 3 times, 2 of those at WR.
What program do you do?
Intermediate for life! :-)
How did you feel when you heard you won the board?
I had just arrived at the beach at Bolinas CA to go surfing when I saw your text/email, and to be honest it took awhile for me to believe it. I booked my trip at short notice, maybe 3 or 4 weeks out, so this was a huge unexpected bonus. I spent the next 2 hours in the line up at Bolinas with a massive smile on my face.
I was then very excited at the prospect of being able to choose any board from the shop (thanks again for sending the photos and descriptions).
What board did you pick?
I chose the red 5′ 8″ twin fin fish. Unfortunately the only photo I have is the one that you sent me, and I left the board in storage at WRSC so I can’t take another. I had planned to get a photo of the board, Robert and me, but I ran out of time. Maybe I’ll do this when I come back. I was going to put it on Facebook etc to give you guys some thanks and promotion.
How does the board feel under your feet?
The board is really nice. Obviously it looks great but it also rides smooth and fast. It’s the shortest board I’ve ridden, so was challenging in some ways, but I was starting to get used to it by the end of my trip. I’ll probably bring it back to California as I think it will go really well at some of my local spots.
Are you planning a return trip to WRSC?
Yes, for sure. Not just to pick up the board. I’ve had 2 great stays at WRSC. I always learn a load and I always meet great people, both staff and other guests.
Thanks so much for choosing Witch’s Rock Surf Camp, Russell. We know there are lots of options out there for a surf trip so it really means the world when you trust us to get you into great surf. If you are looking to get down to Witch’s Rock anytime soon, please feel free to contact us at 1-888-318-7873 or shoot us an email at email@example.com