When I was growing up I had a best friend named Rodney. We were surf buddies and both played music. I bought a new Jacobs surfboard and Rodney bought one too. We both had them custom made to our specs and they had creative applications of the Jacobs logo. Old school longboards. Mine had three wood stringers and Rod’s was a nose rider.
I sold my Jacob eventually as I had moved from California and wasn’t surfing anymore. Then one day I moved back to Oceanside. Rod still had his Jacobs and sold it to me as he wasn’t surfing any more.
I road Rod’s board now and then until I moved to Montana. I donated the board to the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, California. They were delighted to get it as it had become a classic and was in good condition. It also featured a rare surf license sticker on the underside that was once required by law in Newport Beach.
One day Rod strolled into the Surf Museum and was surprised to find his Jacob on display. He asked me about it and sent me some photos they took of him at the Museum.
I had taken a bunch of photos when I donated the board and put together this short video. The soundtrack features the Smoking Wood Peckers live at one of the Blue Jam Festivals, recorded and mixed by Eric Schwartz, second guitarist in the band.
You’ve heard of how musicians sometimes have moments when everything comes together and the magic happens. This was one of those moments for me. The band, Herb French, Eric Schwartz, David Klatt, Paul Holcomb and me were in sync and Paul locked in his drumming with me on lead guitar and we riffed back and forth together. I will never forget it! It was a special moment for me.
Paul was an amazing drummer, a beautiful soul, a great surfer, and a dear friend.