Rarely do I get as much pleasure as when the telephone connects to the 1988 world champion Barton Lynch, who cinched his title at perfect eight-to-twelve-foot Pipeline but is now more famous for his oratorical gymkhanas on WSL broadcasts.
A very good time to pick up the telephone, I figured.
And, reader, I do wish this was a video broadcast, just so you could see the way his three-month beard twitches and his body quivers with excitement when points are made.
You may not always, or ever, agree with Barton, but he makes for great company.
And, it’s a pantomime I was thrilled to be a part of. – Derek Rielly