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kav

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #30 on: May 05, 2015, 10:38:44 PM »
Hi Reyth,

Thanks for your reply.
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I will be providing real money data from an online site instead of a roulette simulator with play money
I'm not sure what exactly you mean by this. Personally I'm more interested in how you play the system than providing real money data screenshots. You probably do not mean screenshots, but I take this opportunity to point out that I find screenshots of real money accounts inappropriate and useless.

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Using terms that imply a betting strategy based on "feeling" as opposed to concrete rules
Wow.  I thought this was part of the spirit that drove this system.  In fact, I may simply be misinterpreting things but I am pretty sure that's what Kav means when he says "This is not a 'when you win do this' and 'when you lose do this' betting system" and his many references to "flexibility"?
You are correct Reyth. I did write in another thread: "This is not a 'when you win do this' and 'when you lose do this' betting system". And yes, indeed this is connected with the flexibility of the system.
Let me explain.
In the original form of the Kavouras Bet there are (not yet published) rules concerning the money management. General rules. And there can not be nothing more and nothing less than that. There are criteria based on which one assess the situation and decides the betting amount.
However the rules are not of the type: "on a win increase 2 units, on a loss start over" etc. There are more parameters to evaluate the situation besides if we lost or won the last bet.
That's all I can say for now. 
 

Reyth

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #31 on: May 05, 2015, 10:50:42 PM »
Hi Reyth,

Thanks for your reply.
Quote
I will be providing real money data from an online site instead of a roulette simulator with play money
I'm not sure what exactly you mean by this. Personally I'm more interested in how you play the system than providing real money data screenshots. You probably do not mean screenshots, but I take this opportunity to point out that I find screenshots of real money accounts inappropriate and useless.

Quote
Using terms that imply a betting strategy based on "feeling" as opposed to concrete rules
Wow.  I thought this was part of the spirit that drove this system.  In fact, I may simply be misinterpreting things but I am pretty sure that's what Kav means when he says "This is not a 'when you win do this' and 'when you lose do this' betting system" and his many references to "flexibility"?
You are correct Reyth. I did write in another thread: "This is not a 'when you win do this' and 'when you lose do this' betting system". And yes, indeed this is connected with the flexibility of the system.
Let me explain.
In the original form of the Kavouras Bet there are (not yet published) rules concerning the money management. General rules. And there can not be nothing more and nothing less than that. There are criteria based on which one assess the situation and decides the betting amount.
However the rules are not of the type: "on a win increase 2 units, on a loss start over" etc. There are more parameters to evaluate the situation besides if we lost or won the last bet.
That's all I can say for now.

Thank you sir. 

On your first point, I refer to a real money site because I believe as you do in putting my money where my mouth is.  I wasn't planning on using screenshots but instead continuing as I am with spin reports and analysis just using a real site and real money to grind my data.

Secondly, I am really excited about your system and well since you left everything hanging, I guess its OK that I tinker around with it a bit and see what I can get going?

My personal theory at this point is that the Kavouras Wave will become the foundation stone of the system.  Where money is made passively and safely using the natural 54% advantage and sheer force (bet raising) is only used to preserve the integrity of play so that one can catch that next KW.  I think sometimes bet raising can be used aggressively but only in very specific circumstances (highly buffered against consecutive loss spins and/or in significant profit). 

Where I think this is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT is how it allows us to gain the advantage & profit of inside betting stations but due to its passive ability, avoids the pitfall of the table betting limit.*

As long as you're OK with me tinkering about publicly, I am very happy to do it even if I am totally off base, I will chalk it up as roomfulls of win for the chance to learn.

*DISCLAIMER: There is no way to avoid 12+ consecutive loss spins, eventually it will hit and either the bankroll or table limits will hold sway.  The good news is that this event appears statistically quite rare in relation to the frequency of wins.
« Last Edit: May 06, 2015, 12:11:55 PM by Reyth »
 

kav

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #32 on: May 05, 2015, 10:58:04 PM »
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As long as you're OK with me tinkering about publicly, I am very happy to do it even if I am totally off base, I will chalk it up as roomfulls of win for the chance to learn.

I encourage you and wish you victory!
And don't forget to share your method with us and send me a small part of your profits :-)
 

Reyth

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #33 on: May 05, 2015, 11:00:16 PM »
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As long as you're OK with me tinkering about publicly, I am very happy to do it even if I am totally off base, I will chalk it up as roomfulls of win for the chance to learn.

I encourage you and wish you victory!
And don't forget to share your method with us and send me a small part of your profits :-)

THANK YOU GOOD SIR!

And yes, contributing financially to your endeavors in regards to this system (from my profits) is something I would very much enjoy doing!
 

Reyth

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #34 on: May 05, 2015, 11:02:08 PM »



1) -8   -8
2) -8   -8
3) +10   +2
4) +4   +6
5) -8   -2
6) +1   -1
7) -8   -9
8] +10   +1
9) -8   -7
10) -8   -15
11) -8   -23
-attack-
-raise1-
12) -13   -36
-raise1-
13) +5   -31
14) +35   +4
-end attack-(4)
15) -8   -4
16) +4   +0
17) -8   -8
18) +4   -4
19) +10   +6
20) -8   -2
21) +10   +8(2)
22) +4   +12(3)
23) -8   +4 <===
24) -8   -4 <===
25) +1   -3
26) +1   -2
27) -8   -10
28) +10   +0
29) -8   -8
30) +10   +2
31) +4   +6
-stopped out-

1) -8   -8
2) +1   -7
3) -8   -15
4) +10   -5
5) +10   +5
6) +1   +6
7) -8   -2
8] +4   +2
9) +10   +12(3)
10) +10   +22(6)
11) -8   +14
12) -8   +6
-stopped out-

1) +4   +4
2) +10   +14(4)
3) -8   +6
4) +10   +16
5) +10   +26(7)
6) +1   +27
7) +1   +28
8]-8   +20
9) -8   +12
10) -8   +4
-stopped out-

I thought I would again pursue a "small ball" approach as I think it is an important phase in a session.  Here is how I have it divided so far:

I) Opening - This starts with the first spin and ends with either the table bet limits/bankroll being exceeded or initial profit.  The initial profit will either be generated naturally or some form of bet raising will take place.

II) Initial Profit - This is the section where "small ball" is to be considered.  In the very beginning profits can be quite small (see bet #22) and with only a couple of bad spins, the 25% stop loss will be reached.  The reason why this is such a delicate stage is because the loss amount is 8 units and with baby small profits, that represents a large chunk.  This begs the question, should small ball be used or should the profits be allowed to potentially expire in order to fight for larger profits?  That is why I am exploring "small ball".

III) Established Profit - Here established profits have outgrown small ball size and there is room to aggressively bet raise either in defense of profit levels or to forcefully generate profits.  This process continues until the profit goal is hit.

IV) Profit Goal - At this point the stop loss is moved up close to the existing profits in preparation for the end of the session.  The way I am implementing this currently is to just let the natural Kav bet flow take the reins and either increase profit or stop the session out.

1) +1   +1
2) -8   -7
3) +1   -6
4) +4   -2
5) -8   -10
6) -8   -18
7) +1   -17
8] -8   -25
-attack-
-raise1-
9) +23   -2
-end attack(4)
10) +10   +8(2)
11) +4   +12(3)
12) +10   +22(6)
13) +4   +26(7)
14) +4   +30[8]

15) -8   +22
16) -8   +14
17) +10   +24
18) -8   +16
19) -8   +8
-stopped out-

Interesting combination.  We almost moved into III. Established Profits with a small but decent KW (22 point move) but ended up stopping out and becoming small ball.

Not sure what to think but you know, these small ball sniping sessions take like 5 minutes and like 4 sessions earned 24 units, so like $72hr.

1) -8   -8
2) -8   -16
3) -8   -24
-attack-
-raise1-
4) -13   -37
5) -13   -50
-raise2-
6) -25   -75
-raise2-
7) +71   -4
-end attack-(6)
8] +10   +6
9) +10   +16(4) <===
10) -8   +8
11) -8   +0
12) -8   -8
13) -8   -16
14) +10   -6
15) +1   -5
16) +10   +5
-stopped out-

The Small Ball Philosophy

I believe in the Kavouras Wave system.  So I open a spin session looking to catch a KW just like a surfer in the ocean.  If I get a KW then I am off to surf my profits, if not I'm paddling back out to catch another wave (banking the small ball profits and opening another spin session).

What I am trying to monitor right now, is the frequency of small ball sessions.  If I am getting too many of them, I need to loosen up the initial stop loss.

The Small Ball Lifestyle

1) +1   +1
2) +10   +11(3)
3) +10   +21(5)
4) +10   +31[8]
5) -8   +23
6) +1   +24
7) +10   +34(9)

8] -8   +26
9) -8   +18
10) +10   +28
11) -8   +20
12) +10   +30
13) +10   +40(10)
14) +1   +41(11)
15) -8   +33
16) -8   +25
17) -8   +17 <====
18) -8   +9
-stopped out-

See, right at the red bet #17 is where I would normally attack to preserve profits but at the same time I would be most likely bypassing the stop loss and therefore risking established profit.  So, on bet #17 I decided to let the wheel take control.  Granted 4 loss spins in a row is pretty savage but I used to want to try and fight that to get higher profits.

This is one reason why its more art than science.  To raise or not to raise, that is the question!

Small Ball Addiction

Hello everyone, my name is Reyth and I am a small ball addict....

1) -8   -8
2) +4   -4
3) +10   +6
4) +1   +7
5) -8   -1
6) -8   -9
7) +10   +1
8] +4   +5
9) -8   -3
10) +4   +1
11) -8   -7
12) -8   -15
13) +10   +5
14) +10   +15(4)
15) +10   +25(6)
16) +4   +29(7)
17) +4   +33[8] <===
18) -8   +25
19) -8   +17
20) -8   +9 <===
21) -8   +1
22) +10   +11
-stopped out-

1) -8   -8
2) -8   -16
3) -8   -24
-attack-
-raise1-
4) +5   -19
5) -13   -32
-raise1-
6) +35   +3
-end attack-(4)
7) +4   +7
8] -8   -1
9) +10   +9(2)
10) +4   +13(3) <===
11) -8   +5 <===
12) -8   -3
13) +10   +7
-stopped out-

1) -8   -8
2) -8   -16
3) +10   -6
4) -8   -14
5) +10   -4
6) +1   -3
7) +10   +7(2)
8] +4   +11(3)
9) +10   +21(5)
10) +10   +31[8]
<===
11) -8   +23
12) +4   +27
13) -8   +19
14) -8   +11 <===
15) +10   +21
16) +4   +25
17) +1   +26
18) -8   +18
19) -8   +10 <===
20) +1   +11 <===
21) +1   +12 <===
22) -8   +4
-stopped out-

1) +10   +10
2) -8   +2
3) -8   -6
4) -8   -14
5) +10   -4
6) +1   -3
7) +10   +7(2) <===
8] -8   -1   
9) -8   -9
10) -8   -17
11) +10   -7
12) +10   +3
-stopped out-

The Smallest Ball

1) +10   +10
2) -8   +2
3) +10   +8(2)
4) +10   +18(5)
5) -8   +10
6) -8   +2
7) -8   -6
8] +10   +4
9) +1   +5
-stopped out-

1) +10   +10
2) +10   +20(5)
3) +4   +24(18)<===
4) -8   +16
-stopped out-

1) +1   +1
2) +10   +11(3)
3) -8   +3
-stopped out-

1) +10   +10(3)
2) -8   +2
-stopped out-

Realizations About Small Ball



One thing is certain about a small ball approach where I decide to let the wheel spin freely rather than fight for higher profits: The profit goal of 100 units is unrealistic.  Taking a look at the averages from the above posted games:

22) +4   +12(3)

10) +10   +22(6)
5) +10   +26(7)
14) +4   +30[8]
9) +10   +16(4)
14) +1   +41(11)
17) +4   +33[8]
10) +4   +13(3)
10) +10   +31[8]
7) +10   +7(2)

Removing the highest and lowest results in an average of 23 units.  Why is this important?  Because applying a 75% stop loss when hitting 23 units will substantially increase our small ball profits.  Let's take a look at exactly how much:

5) +10   +26(7)(20)
6) +1   +27
7) +1   +28
8]-8   +20 <=== stopped out +16 unit profit increase
9) -8   +12
10) -8   +4

13) +4   +26(7)(20)
14) +4   +30[8](23)
15) -8   +22 <==== stopped out +14 unit profit increase
16) -8   +14
17) +10   +24
18) -8   +16
19) -8   +8

4) +10   +31[8](23)
5) -8   +23 <==== stopped out +14 unit profit increase
6) +1   +24
7) +10   +34(9)
8] -8   +26
9) -8   +18
10) +10   +28
11) -8   +20
12) +10   +30
13) +10   +40(10)
14) +1   +41(11)
15) -8   +33
16) -8   +25
17) -8   +17 <====
18) -8   +9

15) +10   +25(6)(19)
16) +4   +29(7)(22)
17) +4   +33[8](25)
18) -8   +25 <===== stopped out +14 unit profit increase
19) -8   +17
20) -8   +9 <===
21) -8   +1
22) +10   +11

10) +10   +31[8](23)
11) -8   +23 <==== stopped out +19 unit profit increase
12) +4   +27
13) -8   +19
14) -8   +11 <===
15) +10   +21
16) +4   +25
17) +1   +26
18) -8   +18
19) -8   +10 <===
20) +1   +11 <===
21) +1   +12 <===
22) -8   +4

Makes sense to start making small ball as profitable as possible.

1) +4   +4
2) -8   -4
3) -8   -12
4) +4   -8
5) -8   -16
6) +10   -6
7) +4   -2
8] +4   +2
9) +10   +12(3) <===
10) -8   +4 <===
11) +10   +14(4)
12) +10   +24
(18) <===

13) -8   +16
-stopped out-

Big difference!  KACHING!

1) -8   -8
2) +10   +2
3) +10   +12(3)
4) +1   +13
5) +10   +23(17)<===
6) +10   +33(25)
7) +4   +37(28)
8] +10   +47(35)<===
9) -8   +39<===
10) -8   +31
-stopped out-

I'm starting to get a really good feeling about this small ball approach!

1) +4   +4
2) -8   -4
3) -8   -12
4) +4   -8
5) -8   -16
6) +10   -6
7) +10   +4
8] +4   +8(2)
9) -8   +0
10) -8   -8
11) -8   -16
12) -8   -24
-attack-
-raise1-
13) +23   -1
-end attack-(4)
14) -8   -9
15) +10   +1
16) -8   -7
17) +4   -3
18) +10   +7
19) +4   +11(3)
20) -8   +3
-stopped out-

Can't always have top performers.  Sometimes any profit is good enough.

1) +4   +4
2) +10   +14(4)<===
3) -8   +6<===
4) -8   -2
5) -8   -10
6) +1   -9
7) -8   -17
8] +4   -13
9) -8   -21
-attack-
-raise1-
10) +21   +0
-end attack-(5)
11) +10   +10 (3)
12) +1   +11
13) -8   +3
14) +10   +13
15) +4   +17(4)
16) +10   +28(21)<===
17) +4   +31(23)
18) -8   +23
-stopped out-

That's more like it!

1) +10   +10
2) +10   +20(5)
3) +10   +30(23)<===
4) +1   +31
5) +1   +32(24)
6) +4   +36(27)<===
7) -8   +28<===
8] +1   +29<===
9) +4   +33<===
10) -8   +25
-stopped out-



1) +10   +10
2) +4   +14(4)
3) +10   +24(18)<===
4) -8   +16
-stopped out-

LOL.  *croupier spins wheel 4 times*  Thanks Jack, color me up!

1) +10   +10   
2) +4   +14(4)
3) +4   +18(5)
4) +4   +22(6)
5) +10   +32(24)<===
6) -8   +24
-stopped out-
« Last Edit: May 06, 2015, 09:17:55 PM by Reyth »
 

thelaw

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #35 on: May 05, 2015, 11:18:48 PM »
Adding a 3rd column that gives the betting unit would really help to clarify this whole process. This could be done easily by only showing when bet changes. Just my $.02 :)
 

Reyth

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #36 on: May 05, 2015, 11:41:13 PM »
Adding a 3rd column that gives the betting unit would really help to clarify this whole process. This could be done easily by only showing when bet changes. Just my $.02 :)

Ok, we can work together on this.  Can you tell me how to acces the "TAB" function?  And is there a "spoiler" function where I can hide data behind a button that can be pressed?
« Last Edit: May 06, 2015, 12:31:25 AM by Reyth »
 

Birima

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #37 on: May 06, 2015, 01:17:02 AM »
Hi Reyt,

I see you made a big effort to explain your system, but this:

 
Quote
I AM using a real online roulette wheel! 

Followed by a picure of a software driven RNG depicting a roulette wheel and in Play mode?

Whatever outcome you get is therefore meaningless.
 

Reyth

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #38 on: May 06, 2015, 01:47:22 AM »
Hi Reyt,

I see you made a big effort to explain your system, but this:

 
Quote
I AM using a real online roulette wheel! 

Followed by a picure of a software driven RNG depicting a roulette wheel and in Play mode?

Whatever outcome you get is therefore meaningless.

Ok fine.  I can accept that opinion.  The one gambling site I belong to only allows practice gambling on American roulette and this system is designed to excel on European roulette.  I would play with real money but at the moment I only have 75 units and I am waiting to deposit.  Therefore I am using a non-gambling RNG.

However, my personal opinion is that as long as the RNG is objective and non-manipulated, each RNG is as good as another.  I certainly value the results I am getting and I trust computer RNG's; I run simulations on my own comp using the clock as the random seed for the generator.  I am sure they are doing the same thing on the site I currently playing on.  I have also tested other systems on this site and have found the results reliable.

I mean, with that kind of view I don't see how you could even gamble online without driving yourself nuts.  Feel free to disregard everything if you wish.
« Last Edit: May 06, 2015, 01:51:40 AM by Reyth »
 

Real

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Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2015, 02:02:39 AM »
Ryeth,

I have no comment on the system.
However, I will say this, don't use the free mode.  It's not reliable.

Use random.org for your RNG stream, or if you want actual stream data let me know and I can fix you up with as many spins as you need.

Another option would be to just watch the live wheel stream at Fairwaycasino.com

Best of luck with your system,

-Real
« Last Edit: May 06, 2015, 02:21:18 AM by Real »
 

Reyth

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #40 on: May 06, 2015, 02:32:59 AM »
Ryeth,

I have no comment on the system.
However, I will say this, don't use the free mode.  It's not reliable.

Use random.org for your RNG stream, or if you want actual stream data let me know and I can fix you up with as many spins as you need.

Another option would be to just watch the live wheel stream at Fairwaycasino.com

Best of luck with your system,

-Real

Wow thanks sir!  Those are some very nice suggestions.  I think for now due to ease of use and familiarity, I am going to continue on with the non-gambling simulator and then just use real money once I get my deposit in place.  I expect that to happen sometime approximately in the next 7 days.

PS Yes, I think Kav wants us to make it "our" system through our own personal approach, but it will NEVER EVER truly be mine.
« Last Edit: May 06, 2015, 02:35:38 AM by Reyth »
 

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Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #41 on: May 06, 2015, 02:48:43 AM »
Here's the problem with non-gambling simulators: 

Some of them will appear to win, no matter how you play.  Free slot machine simulators are often the same.  You can even download free apps for your phone.  Try as you might, you'll find it very hard to lose on the free apps.

Good luck,

Real
 

Reyth

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #42 on: May 06, 2015, 03:21:53 AM »
Actually I know what you are talking about!  I can link to such a simulator on Games.com, you can just TELL you are getting passed wins.  The way to prove it is by betting one particular way for awhile and you will notice the spins will adopt a similar pattern substantially favoring wins and then when you change betting methods you will notice the pattern of spins will change in lock step with your betting method, again passing you wins.  You can easily see this with red/black betting; you bet the opposite of the last result and you watch the pattern for 20 spins, then switch to betting the last result and watch the pattern change!

I have been playing on this gaming site for years and have grinded many different roulette systems and blown many gaming bankrolls many times over.  The site is competitive where some players own the roulette and others play on it and try to take it from the owners.  I mean, for what its worth, I can assure you this isn't a "win feeder". LOL.
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Reyth

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #43 on: May 06, 2015, 03:32:32 AM »
Thanks for your posting Real.  Because of what you have said, I can appreciate Birima's opinion much more and like you say they create these free systems to deliberately win and lure new customers.
 

Reyth

Re: My First Games With The Kavouras Betting System
« Reply #44 on: May 06, 2015, 05:15:25 AM »



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No doubt this was a massive KW but unfortunately I came just shy of my profit goal of 100 units and so ended up stopping out at the 25% stop loss.

Even though this session was a clear success, it feels like a failure (mainly because I left almost 75 units on the table).  It took 6 VSL's to force me out.

Makes a person think about the rigidity of profit goals and for the sake of only 5 units ended up losing almost 75.  I mean if I had treated the 95 as a 100 my stop loss would of been 71 and I would of stopped out on spin #39, tripling my profits.

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Nice 64 unit Kavouras Wave!



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Beyond the breaking waves there is an almost unnatural calm and silence. We sit on our boards, bobbing slowly up and down, looking out in the early morning sunshine for incoming waves, silently, expectantly. The waves come in sets, and between the sets, the calm is complete.

Then it comes. A swelling, arching wall of water begins to form about ten metres away. By paddling furiously, we can find the part of the wave where we are no longer moving under our own power, but being propelled forward by the force of the ocean. Quickly, we jump to our feet and lean into the wave. As we look down the face of the wave, we see the sun reflecting like golden mercury, following as we move towards the shore in a rush of water. We manoeuvre the board in broad cuts up and down the wave, pulling the board over the wave at last, in frustration and triumph, knowing that there are still grater waves, but grateful for the wave just finished.

It's easy, sometimes, to think of ourselves as invulnerable against nature. Our technology makes us feel superior to the world of wind, waves, rain, and snow. That this is an illusion is always shown me when I surf. There is a power in nature, and in the waves, that should inspire awe and fear and respect. A wave of sufficient size to ride is also of sufficient size to pin one under the water, in the sand, unsure of which way is up, until ones breath goes. We sometimes start to think that we somehow own this world, that we ride always on top of the waves, dominating them. But this is an illusion.

The waves have taught me this, and keep teaching me this. The surfer who has never experienced a truly terrifying wipeout is not much of a surfer, and these wipeouts always remind me to respect the power of the earth on which I live.

Another lesson which the sea has taught me is the gratitude for what I have, and what I receive. We have come to think that we deserve this life, that we deserve happiness, and that we deserve all that is good. The fickle and mercurial nature nature of the waves suggests otherwise. I am never happier than when surfing a six-foot wave with an offshore breeze, that magic combination of swell and wind which produces the best waves. Unfortunately, in most places in the world, this combination happens rarely. At my home break, if these conditions obtain a day a month, there is rejoicing. My fellow sea-worshippers and I spend a lot of time praying and hoping for these conditions.

But when they do not come, at whom would be angry? The sea? The wind?  No, of course not. Surfing is, after all, however how spiritualized it can be, just a sport, an avocation. We can only be grateful for the waves, be grateful for the sun that warms our faces, the winds that create the waves, and the sea that holds us in her arms while we play and dance. Who would curse the sea for not sending more waves that would not curse a friend for not sending more gifts. Who would curse the world for not making us perfectly content, when it gives to us the gift of life.

Just as we cannot curse the sea for not sending more waves, surfing has also taught me that the world works on it's own time, not mine. In the water, waiting for the waves, one has to be content with the waiting. Even on the great days, there is waiting and watching, and the waves will not be hurried and they will not get bigger in response to all the frustration and wanting of all the surfers in the water. The waves come when they want to come, and they build to as big as they please. I could make myself miserable, wanting the waves to be bigger, faster, more frequent. But then, they will never be just right.

Neither will the world ever be just right, sending to me the blessing of life when I want them. And as much as I might fret and fuss and obsess, the blessings come when they are ready, as do the tragedies. So I have a choice, as we all do, to rage against the world and all that's untimely, without effect, or I can accept the timetable of the universe, and be at peace. In the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu writes: The forgiving water is more powerful than the stone, for in time in it's meandering, the water goes on, while the stone is made smooth. The Tao teaches the same manner of responding to the world that the sea does: accept what is given, do not hurry the world, and in acceptance comes strength.

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