Johnny Bakker is one stoked baalie right now. He won Jordy Smiths surfboard in the raffle at the pro signing function at Surf Centre on Friday evening. Johnny was actually there earlier on, but had bailed by the time the raffle was done, so wasn't there to claim his board. Despite a few cat-calls from the peanut gallery to re-draw cos Johnny had left, Dave wasn't listening to any of it.
I got woken up at 6:45am on Saturday morning with an sms from Johnny going "I won Jordy's board!" Dave reckons he musta phoned him about 3 times before 10am. The dude was stoooooked! Turns out this was the first thing he'd ever won, so not a bad prize to pull out the hat as a first one. Couldn't be won by a more deserving ou either. Johnny puts in plenty of time and effort for EP surfing that not everyone knows about.
The Bakkers made a dash for JBay first thing Saturday so that they could get Jordy to sign the board. Not too sure whether dad will win the battle to keep the board as a memento in the bar, or lightie Luke will skfy it for a surf. Could be some interesting family negotiations going down no doubt.
Plenty of pro's at the signing on Friday, which kept all the autograph hunters happy. Good to see the pro's with such good attitude, smiling and chatting to all their fans. Oakley and O'Neill put up some cool prizes for the raffles, and Surf Centre donated a goodie bag to all the lighties from the SA Development coaching camp that were in town.
First time I've been to Dave's new shop in the bridge, and it looks pretty fine. Go suss it out it you haven't hooked by yet, there's some neat stuff to lay your hands on.