Herb Spitzer mentioned Ramon in his “Kings of Swaylocks” post the other day and it was probably not related to by alot of people here.
It will be three years this week that Swaylock’s lost one of the people who epitomized, at least for me, the spirit of Swaylock’s. That was when Ramon - The Cuban Comet - passed away.
If anyone here wants to know true stoke about what we do, do a search for Ramon and read some of his posts. He was in Miami - not a hot-bed of great surf - and lived and breathed surfing. You could tell he was so jazzed to have found a group of like minded souls at Swaylock’s that it made his life that much more enjoyable.
Never did a negative word or vibe leave his keyboard…Talk about “Share the Stoke!” He lived/loved to do that.
It was part of what kept bringing me back here…day, after day, after day, after day…
His pictures were a blast. Apparently, from his shots of boards, he lived way up in one of those high rise buildings that line the beach in Miami. His board shots were taken on a balcony, like the 15 th floor. I always had visions of him shaping, glassing, sanding, watever and floating dust and fumes over the beach below - balls to the wall, “Git 'er done” board building at it’s best. Don’t know if that was true or not, but the image always makes me smile.
I miss Ramon’s vibe here at Sways, but I’m glad he didn’t have to suffer through some of the whiney bumps in the road posted here lately - thank god for the lock on them…
“My name is Ramon, and I am a Swayloholic…” Classic Ramon - a class act.
As you surf the endless wave - your spirit is alive at Swaylock’s.
Here’s to Ramon. I think I’ll hoist a cool one…