2 weeks ago a man drove all the way from Thunder Bay and grabbed Surf Champ. He had errands on the way, but think: Thunder Bay is 17 hours away from Ottawa by car. He definitely wanted this game!
It was one of those special pinball moments: You could tell from first contact that this pin was important to him. And when he arrived he appreciated everything about it. From the way it played, to the way it looked, to the way I had documented it's revival back to fully functional.
He related a story that a family member had an arcade that he grew up around, and had played Surf Champ back when it was new. First time playing it, when just 6 or 7, he was playing against an adult. First time on it, first ball, and he apparently wrapped it to 100k+. Pinball wizard indeed.
I am super happy to know that it has gone to a very appreciative home. Such is the magic of pinball.