Running Late

April 2, 2000

The Vans Triple Crown, a wakeboard-only contest without the headaches of all the other tour stops (skiers, skiers, and more skiers). Everything was going well until one of Saturday’s back-up judges told a certain athlete that the Sunday activities started at 2 p.m. and the athlete failed to double-check the contest schedule. The athlete showed up at the event at 12:30 the next day, ready to ride. But the real officials said he had already missed his turn and therefore was scratched from the lineup. He argued the officials’ decision, but they nixed the whole thing.
So, here’s some key points to remember when you go to a wakeboarding event:
1. Learn how to read: This is the most important point and will keep you on schedule.
2. Don’t question an official’s authority; their opinion is law, and you will be wasting your time.
3. Refer to key point number 1.
4. If you must, ask some of your friends to read the schedule to you so you will be sure you read it right.
5. Look, listen, learn. My girlfriend is a first-grade teacher and said I should be put in “time out” for not looking at the schedule myself. Listen to my pathetic story, and please try to learn from my illiteracy.
6. Last, don’t be dumb: Read the damn schedule and ride. – Weddington


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