Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Going Full Time Full Bore

Today was the start of a new chapter in my life. I started my new 40 hour a week job at Creed SUP. The last time that has happened was back in 2000-2002. That's when I worked for a salary of $30,000 as the editor of BodyBoarding Magazine. It was a bit of a shock after doing the whole pro bodyboarder dealio for 10 years prior. But today, I wasn't shocked but stoked. Stoked to be a part of something that I enjoy... SUP.

I spent the day going through the in's and out's of what makes Creed SUP one of the coolest SUP companies to work for. My new boss, Randy, has more business knowledge than can ever imagine obtaining myself. Add that to the fact that he's straight up and I get a head honcho that I can't wait to work for. What does that mean for us? Well for me, I get a monthly paycheck that'll make me and my wife happy. And for you... well, I'm now your 'GO TO' guy when it comes to SUP. That means, you're going to get the Manny V treatment and hook up when you're ready to stand up paddle. If you're in southern California, drop in and save cash money by not fronting shipping costs. If you can't come into the warehouse, then use mannyv in the promotional code and knock off $20 off your Creed SUP board when you by online. Again, you're going to save more by coming in and seeing me. Plus, there's more savings on other gear we have in our showroom.

Bodyboarders reading this are probably wondering what's that mean for my commentating gig on the IBA World Tour. Well, never say never. But because this is a real job, I will have to go through the appropriate channels to try to get the time off. Priority is now in the hands of Creed SUP. I will miss all my friends on the tour, the riders that I'm so proud of and the awesome crazy bodyboarding fans out there. Now, I will be watching the race for the title from this side of the camera.

Cabo Freak Fest (August 15-20, 2013) is set in stone. I've already talked to Randy and made sure that I have those dates on lock down. There's no way I'm going to let that slip through my fingers. I will add another one week trip in there but not sure if it's going to an SUP trip or another bodyboarder trip.

It's a new era in the Manny V camp. I will always find a barrel to sneak into on my No. 6 Vargas bodyboard model. I will always bodyboard. I will always SUP. I will always ride waves. But for this time in my life, I will work on getting you on a Creed SUP and a No. 6 Vargas model.

All I ask from you is the same that you've been given me for years... your support.

My new home away from home... the Creed SUP warehouse.

My new ride from No. 6 ready for shredding.

24 comments:

  1. Devo - gonna miss your commentary BIGTIME on all the IBA Webcasts. No one rocks it like you Manny.

    All the best from a long time fan in Aus. Glad to hear life is progressing for the better, even that means losing you to the world of full time work.

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    1. Appreciate the kinds words. I'm not dead! Who knows I may be asked to come back for quadruple the amount I was making :)

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  2. Hey Manny,
    You've been a total champ as a commentator and the best known face in BB. Keep it real brother, so many good wishes for you man.
    Cheers mate,
    Doc

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    1. Doc, you know you have a place in San Diego brotha. Thanks hombre!

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  3. Good Luck Manny, you deserve it ! I still hope we'll hear you commentating the IBA...
    See You
    Mimizan Surf Club
    Pierre

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    1. Merci Pierre. You know never know, right?

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  4. Best of luck Manny. Gonna miss ya on Youtube feeds for IBA and the signature Kaboom......

    Should do a fishing SUP special with Nelz.

    Cheers from OZ Kerbdog..

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    1. Holy sh!t Kerdog... that's a great idea! And thanks for the words. BOOM!

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  5. Hopefully you will be able to keep doing the commentary for the IBA events. I know that it sucks to have to work for a living but at least you got a full time gig doing something that you have passion for so in that sense I envy you. I know that you'll be awsome at anything that you do so just do us a favor and throw us an occasional BOOM!

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  6. Good Luck Manny!! Great Job with IBA over the years...Your career in body-boarding has been super fun to follow....Lookout SUP Manny brings knowledge to the sport. A True Waterman Manny V.......La Jolla (Horseshoe) Support.... BOOM!

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  7. Good Hope Manny for this new challenge !! I remember the good times sharing with you at the IBA Reunion Pro 2011 (I was in the organization staff).Good vibes, always the smile and professionalism...I wish you the same with your new job ;)
    Congrats...Jean-Marc & Sandra (ex-Reunion Island ; now south west coast France)

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    1. I thank you for the great times! Without the awesome hospitality of our bodyboarding community, it wouldn't be bodyboarding! Merci beau coup!

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  8. Manny can i have your job as IBA commentator at least just once please!!!!???? Hahaha Exito Manny buenas vibras!!

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  9. Manny... where you at brother? Creed SUP are lucky to have you, your Manny V charisma and your infectious Manny V good vibes which are like organically farmed crack (highly addictive but without any of the bad preservatives).

    Always enjoyed working and watching you. Best of luck in the new gig and stay in touch brother.

    la wook
    (moorey)

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    1. Pete, I can't thank you enough brotha. That first year on the tour was definitely a memorable one. And I thank you and the S&L crew for that. Great times. You have a place here in San Diego whenever you want hombre. Hope to see you sooner than later.

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  10. Manny V, when i first watched an IBA competition i asked myself, who's the cool guy talking? You def. took place in every fan's heart coz you're part of the sport we all most love. It isn't gonna be as fun as it was to watch with your voice in the background. Though i'm really glad i had lived this moment of bodyboarding, waking up early in the morning, or after midnight to watch a competition and there was you . I'm pretty sure every single spectator see you as a friend. What a mouthpiece you were man, you're gonna be reminded for many reasons, we could say you were at the right spot at the right time, bodyboard society grow and sure thing, you're also a reason for the succes. How? Being the coolest guy out there. All the best for you mate! Cheers from Brazil!

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    1. Thank you for the post Nelson. I appreciate your words.

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