When I started outfitting my windsurfing van back in 2003 one of the first ideas I poached was the Spencer Bucket. I met Spencer at a Dasher Windsurfing Clinic in May of ’03, and I was immediately drawn to his bucket.
“Ya gotta have one,” Spencer explained. "You can throw a good quantity of wet and sandy neoprene, harnesses etc into the thing after a session, you can use it as a platform to change fins and footstraps on a board, and the thing can be hosed out or just whacked on the back to get clean again. The Spencer Bucket*."
This was Saturday at the clinic. Sunday morning I arrived with my own Spencer Bucket. Over the years it has met or exceeded expectations in terms of performance and utility. But today it died. More accurately: Today I killed it. I’d just taken off my wetsuit after a morning SUP session, and I thought I’d whack the back of the thing to get some sand out. So I whacked, and it cracked
I’m going to K-Mart right now to replace it. Can’t imagine showing up for a sesh without one.
*Spencer did not refer to his bucket as a Spencer Bucket. But I always have, in honor of Spencer (who called it a $7 bucket from K-Mart). I’ve given them as gifts, and at least one happy recipient calls his a Spencer Bucket too (Steve don’t let me down when I see you this weekend!)