No... I've never surfed in my life. But I have a lot of family in Hawaii and I spent plenty warm summers watching my cousins surf, while I stuck to boogie boarding and body surfing.
In short... I'm a poser or wannabe. Maybe one day I'll add surfing lessons to my bucket list... but until then... I'm content on collecting cards of surfers.
However there's one iconic surfer that's currently missing from my collection. His name is Eddie Aikau.
Mr. Aikau was a legendary surfer who was lost at sea in the late 70's. He was a crew member on a double hulled canoe that was on a 28 day voyage going from Hawaii to Tahiti. Within 12 hours of leaving Honolulu, the canoe capsized leaving all 16 crew members clinging to the canoe. Eddie asked the captain if he could paddle on his surfboard to get help. After being denied several times, the captain eventually gave in and Eddie set off to find help.
A passing plane spotted the capsized canoe and everyone was rescued. Everyone except Eddie... who was never to be seen again. Today he's a local hero and honored with a surfing event in his name.
Anyways... getting back to my email to Upper Deck, I inquired about whether or not they had ever considered creating a card of Eddie Aikau.
Chris responded a week later and informed me that they had tweeted out my original surfer post on this blog from back in 2012. They also told me that creating cards of Mr. Aikau might be tricky since he's no longer available to sign autographs and obtaining memorabilia might be a little difficult to obtain from the family. However, he assured me that he'd pass on the message to the Goodwin product manager.
As you can imagine... I was more than pleased with their response. The fact that they actually took the time to read my email, check out my blog post, and pass it on to their followers was an amazing gesture... and one I'll always appreciate.
Fast forward to a few days ago... when this padded envelope arrived at my place:
It was a Random Act of Kindness package that included this handwritten postcard:
And this amazing on-card autograph of 11x ASP World Tour Champion... Kelly Slater:
2012 UD All-Time Greats Signatures #KS4 (#'d 6/35)
Thanks Mr. Carlin and the people over at Upper Deck! I promise to give Mr. Slater a nice home as he gets comfortable in my Surfer PC.
And if you ever decide to create a card of Eddie... I assure you he'll be welcomed too.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!