Slater cops a rogering from Peter Schroff

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

In 2016, Newport, CA, shaper Peter Schroff stepped out in his red Hello Kitty underpants and took a chainsaw to a HaydenShapes Hypto Krypto.

If you missed that visceral piece of performance art then click here.

Oh, but there was a serious side to Schroff's performance. The shaper who made his name fashioning brightly coloured twin fins for the kids of Echo Beach was protesting the loss of American surfboard industry jobs to Asia. Despite minor oversights such as Hayden being Australian and his Mona Vale factory employing 18 workers, 8 of whom are young apprentices hired in a ground up approach to make the Australian surf industry great again, the whole spectacle made for great viewing (and marketing).

So much so that on the weekend the camp man swung his roaring phallus at the enemy one more time. This time Schroff was dressed as a disco gun slinger, 'Paris' written in diamante on his black ten gallon hat, and it was a Slater Design Sci-Fi that copped a rogering.

Click right for the videos, and yeah, support your local shaper.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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yocal commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 10:17am

I don't have time for that kind of loosely targeted resentment. Get your message in order before going out to destroy

Go deeper Taylor, go deeper!

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Adam71 commented Sunday, 14 Jul 2019 at 7:55pm

If he wants to pull off the cowboy look, wear a pair of Frye’s ffs, not that white shite, RMs here in Oz

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Adam71 commented Sunday, 14 Jul 2019 at 7:56pm

If he wants to pull off the cowboy look, wear a pair of Frye’s ffs, not that white shite

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daisy duke kaha... commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 10:26am

Shitty asian glass job. Look at it fall apart.

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David Hunt commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 10:46am

Yup yourare right - lots of white fibre glass strands seen in my omni and all i do is repair it,. None of my other boards have so many repairs. Great board for the right waves though

But this guy is off beam - not even stylish and funny with his attack.

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Adam71 commented Sunday, 14 Jul 2019 at 8:25pm

One of the best glasses in Australia back in the 90’s was an Asian

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ryder commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 11:35am

There are some great surfboard manufacturers in the USA. Both Harbour and Bing are currently celebrating their 60th years of manufacturing. Since 1959.

I clearly remember Schroff Surfboards from the 80's.

So if the surfboard industry in the USA is dying like he says then perhaps it has a lot more to do with the people behind the brands that are failing rather than the industry as a whole.

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scottishsponger commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 2:23pm

That’s a big tool for such a small job (and I’m not talking about the chainsaw)

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T.Edds commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 2:54pm

It would be interesting to know how Peter Schroff is actually contributing to the American surfboard industry.

Did he not make his money helping Quicksilver flog boardshorts in the 90s?

People who have plundered surfing for profit in the past then take a righteous stand are shallow kooks.

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brutus commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 3:17pm

Hilarious, at least he protests with a bit of style , and self depreciation , liked the music and his budgie smugglers!

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Lanky Dean commented Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019 at 9:29am

LOL!

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Ted from the moon commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 3:24pm

There is an informative discussion on the state of the US board manufacturing industry with Matt Biolos that is well worth a listen. It gets good from the 54 minute mark. And at the 1:12 mark he states that the classic PU board is doing fine in America - it's that they don't have the dedicated workforce that can build EPS / composite / epoxy boards to the same quality for anywhere near the price. He actually talks up the quality of the Slater, Hayden boards that come in (1:12 mark).

https://surfsplendorpodcast.com/012-matt-mayhem-biolos/

As for supporting the local shaper.....I am all for it. But don't forget all these big guys were local shapers once. They did not start out big. They started out small and have gone on to build some impressive big businesses.

There is also an informative interview with Mark Price the CEO of Firewire that is well worth a listen as well

https://surfsplendorpodcast.com/003-mark-price-ceo-of-firewire-surfboards/

Disclaimer - I have locally shaped boards, boards I have shaped myself, Firewires and a handful of boards from other areas. Variety is the spice of life after all. Personally I find the FW Helium's to be my fav construction unless its windy / bumpy. I have snapped a few FW's but relative to the amount of action they see and my PU's over the years - they win hands down from a staying together perspective.

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zenagain commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 3:42pm

In my experience the old FW's were virtually indestructible but yellowed quickly.

While I can't speak from personal experience now, a lot of the newer Fw's don't seem to be made with the same longevity. Not uncommon to see snapped or creased FW's around here and at 100,000-150,000yen a pop, that's a lot of cash to burn.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Stupot commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 3:47pm

Looks like Walter White after getting skunked on a surf trip down Baja way....

Unemployment isn't working...

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memlasurf commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 3:51pm

Silly but would have been fun with a few beers playing it up and those shoes are wild. Unlike Brutus not big on metal bit of punk would have been better.

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memlasurf commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 3:51pm

Oh and I want that chainsaw mine is too short.

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Lanky Dean commented Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019 at 9:43am

Yeah , what size you running?

Loved the stunt, waste of a good chain though..... At 25 $ a chain that's expensive.

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truebluebasher commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 4:04pm

Peter's salute to overt Wendy O Williams early '80's Chainsaw gig.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2eynNh5xHM

Pretty sure Pete is aware that {STIHL 310) is a Gay Chainsaw.
Akin to whacking Kelly over the head with a wet lettuce or Ladies Handbag.
All the Lumberjacks are laughing their tits off, saying I told yer so!

Best not tell Peter that his Husky 122c prop is the only model [MADE IN CHINA]

Peter's Chainsaw Massacre {Poster} ....(6th July 2019 'Goin in for da Kill')
http://scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.com/vp/53c5c95ed8c154b9f1238202960b9...

tbb don't mind the tune...Stu or younger crew know the Song Title or Bands Name?
Already checked off some San Diego Band Posters...
Sounds like a Flying Nun Disc...love to hear Peter's tune without the Horseshit ramble.

Surfboard protest!
The west dumps Plastic,Fibreglass,Coal,Oil toxic leftovers one way to Asia.
After near dying they recycle it for more & more & more raw Surfboard materials.

Only Asia can produce materials to fashion a Surfboard then recycle the process.
By doing so saves Surfing from the pollution chain...giving Surfing a gasp of Eco cred.

Do Western Surf Shapers wish to cull the only 100% recyclable surfboard industry?
Believing they, the biggest polluters who can't run a Surfboard industry know best.
If west can't develop a recyclable surfboard industry then keep out of our oceans.
Time has come today! Never about quality but ever about protecting Blue Planet.

Here's the plan...like it or not!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvFBrGUdyaI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YH4VY3jE2A

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brutus commented Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019 at 1:03pm

what's your definition of a Gay Chainsaw TB?

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velocityjohnno commented Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019 at 2:27pm

I would think for the PU foam, dissolve in acetone then separate; the glass, heat (similar to a crack tower) and separate the resin from the cloth: all quite a bit toxic. No reason it can't be done here.

Imagine if they were all wood and oiled finish, you'd use it for winter warmth with no toxicity...

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 4:19pm

This Schroff' guy is a complete wanker obviously him and Kelly had some issue at some point, as he spends half his time on instagram trolling Kelly, check out his surfboard business page on instagram.

Then ever once in a while some media outlet gives him publicity, normally one of those trashy click bait ones like Beach Grit, sad to see Swellnet give him any free publicity as that's all his after.

If he was really about local v's OS boards etc, he would expose and also focus on the huge number of board labels that also get boards made in Asia but often aren't even labeled as being so, there was a list somewhere it's long and contains a great number of the major surfboard labels (mostly their EPS/Epoxy offerings)

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brutus commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 9:06am

c'mon Indo lighten up , just one guy on a bit of a MAGA , and he has chosen............. Kelly /FW/Hayden as his target , probably a bit of Tall Poppy Syndrome........as for trashy click bait , at BG...som very good conversations go on over there....all very entertaining!
Are you up for watching the Adam Goodes story on Thursday nite?

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 2:17pm

Yeah i will watch it for sure.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 5:21pm

I think it's fun and funny and hilarious.

And I think Schroff is changing the narrative on asian made surfboards.
Especially in America.

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dangerouskook2000 commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 7:49pm

Schroff has been sniffing too many of his chemicals

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Big Undie commented Monday, 8 Jul 2019 at 9:06pm

Tosser

Big Undie

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wax-on-danielson commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 7:48am

Let’s make America great again y’all... Remember those epic manufacturing jobs from the 50s? Now they pay half what they did in the 50s - who wants one?

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 9:12am

still probably better than being a tech serf and driving Ubers.

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garry-weed commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 8:50am

He has a point

gary weed

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lukeyloo commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 10:21am

wonder where Peter's wetsuits is made ? Thailand more than likely .

louie

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Dushan Zigic commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 12:51pm

A rebel without a cause . The world has already had a Hunter S. Thompson ..

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larry.lynch commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 12:52pm

Loads of companies making boards in Asia on the cheap. Why does only Kelly Slater cop the grief for it? Surfers are ignorant in thinking that their surfboards are immune to the ravages of capitalism. If you can make a product cheaper, then someone will. You can get a cheap guitar made in Asia or an expensive one made in the USA. You can get a cheap pair or jeans made in Asia or an expensive well made pair in USA. Why should surfboards be any different? There are cheap shitty ones and there are beautiful hand made ones. Your decision.

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lukeyloo commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 2:04pm

Spot on Larry
Let the people decide, i have two epoxy boards ,one a Lost carbon wrap
made in Australia and a recently perchased one from a top Gold Coast manufacturer
who just started making epoxy boards in Thialand.
The lost is three years old and doesn't have a ding or major compression
so strong and light.
The other one is six months old and the nose has chipped off and tail cracked
you can just about put your finger through it , so much for being stronger and lighter ! (board goes unreal though)
I know what i will be buying next time. I suppose the Thai made board is good for someone who turns boards over regularly ,it was cheaper than the Lost.

louie

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Terminal commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 1:24pm

Waste of a surfboard

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Grub Screws commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 1:34pm

Hilarious! It's better than brow-beating or finger-poking, I'll give him that, I just hope he checked where ze kettensäge was made before using it as a prop.

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sirboonie commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 2:00pm

Somewhere someone lamenting the demise of the american chainsaw industry is destroying a Stihl. With explosives!

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 2:27pm

I think the debate of Asian made surfboards versus local etc is an interesting one, i think it would make a good article.

Where do you drawn the line?

Bali is now like the new Hawaii with plenty of shapers moved there even local shapers these days, even in Thailand there is smaller expat board builders (any local?) and yes although not great there is even waves in Thailand.

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velocityjohnno commented Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019 at 2:14pm

Bali will stand on its own cos it has the waves and has the talent, it is/will be like the prestige of getting a board made in Hawaii by a legend in time...

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lost commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 2:35pm

The thing that gets me about Asian factory boards (at least any of the branded ones)is they are not cheaper than what my local shaper charges. In some cases they are even more expensive. It should be the other way around for a personalized hand crafted board. I just don't understand why more people are not getting customs. Add in the joy of seeing it progress, the expectation and picking it up for the first time knowing it was made for you. Oh and call me shallow but i love to pay a bit more for a good spray or even a tint. Life is too short for plane white.

knB

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udo commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 2:47pm

What do you get charged..
Asian Channel bottom with some colour up to 7'0 $549
Sideways range and prices surely cheaper ?

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saltman commented Thursday, 11 Jul 2019 at 4:22pm

Interesting point made Re sideways
Less than 2ks from a sideways store near me is a low key shaping laminating set up
the shaper designer of the channel bottom boards you refer to is having his custom shapes laminated by a trues Aussie craftsman ( same place I get my boards laminated so I have had a chance to get a good look)
It’s great that he has successfully segmented his market to the different demands via sideways

I would still pay the coin for a plain white custom board

Another note Surfboard warehouse guy unpacking container loads of boards tells me they are hand made in Australia ! Really says I?
Oh yeah they are imported and hand finished here!

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tango commented Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 at 10:58pm

A hard one. I'd prefer to support local shapers/glassers/sanders, but can't help notice the irony on offer. Can't see too many people queuing for a custom car or custom (tailored) clothes. Bespoke houses, well yes there are a few of them getting around but not that many in the scheme of things. We have so many other products where we are happy to use what's on offer from the pop-out crowd, I cannot see how it's any different with surfing. If it means that the cream rises and can continue to make bespoke craft for the discerning buyer then terrific. But if we're honest, there are few pursuits where this kind of rivalry/antagonism occurs. And as far as environmental impact goes, don't get me started,

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velocityjohnno commented Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019 at 2:16pm

Firstly Stu, your headline is absolutely brutal. Well done.

Secondly: I would thought it's the Californians that have punched above their weight here in Australia. Let me explain. If you look at the boards destroyed, the HK and the Sci Fi they are Oz designed (I think for the Sci Fi) - but they are very relatable boards that the average joe can pick up off a rack and just surf to a pretty good level.

If you look at boards like the Lost V3 rockets, they are exactly the same, in this case Cali designed for smaller waves and they are relatable, floaty rails, flattish rocker, enough volume, accessible performance. So they sell well in Oz.

Thirdly, fins. Futures are Made in US and they have a large imprint here in Oz. Home grown FCS are Asian made IIRC. So the US doing well in this one. Stronger box design in the Futures too, well done.

Fourthly - tech: US is killing us for renewable PU blanks, varial foam, probably doing the renewable stuff really well at a local level too. All brought on by the closure of Clark foam, while we in Oz did not have such an earth changing event and we continue to do PU foam really well, my fav foam being Surfblanks. As Matt Biolos quoted above, it's about price and the good product you get for the price with PU is still hard to match.

So you see, the US has considerable influence here too, it's he who makes the most relatable quality equipment at the price, has the marketing to promote it, that gets the sales around the world. I say this as someone who has sadly seen older shapers I looked up to sent out of business, and all that goes with it.

Fifthly: TBB gay chainsaws, haha , is that a chainsaw attracted to other chainsaws? They would chip the teeth on each other!

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Bungan33 commented Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019 at 2:33pm

Don't think much of his art....but google 'Chainsaw Kickback Photos"......and get a bucket ready. That could have turned from funny to pretty freaking ugly. Dont think Ill be letting him do any tree lopping for me.

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PeteWebb commented Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019 at 8:57pm

Maybe the old brokeback cowboy was rebuffed by Slater in a previous attempt at rogering him with his pork sword rather than a Stihl chainsaw and he's out for revenge.

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Portsurf5150 commented Thursday, 11 Jul 2019 at 9:59am

I bet that guitar in the background was made in Mexico by cheap labour.

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T.Edds commented Friday, 12 Jul 2019 at 9:02am

The biggest problem with the surf industry is that the majority of consumers are delusional about their own abilities. This feeds an anxiety that a consumers surfing might be limited by a more forgiving board.

We have an obsurd amount of choice when it comes to boards. This is underpinned by a national psyche that fails to see the rationale in paying for a good quality product.

Why is the average surfer so shy about investing in a board with a little heavier glassing and a little more volume?

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Spuddups commented Friday, 12 Jul 2019 at 5:23pm

Glassing and shaping mass produced boards is low paid and pretty awful work. Best to let someone in Asia do that side of it if that’s what they want. Where the money is is in the IP of the designs and marketing. This is what we should be concentrating on. Look at Apple, they charge $1000 for an I-phone. The poor bugger in China that actually built the thing gets about 50c. Apple on the other hand, which owns the IP for the design and marketing makes something like $800. If you enjoy the high standard of living here in the west then you should consider this fact. By the way, that poor bugger earning $5/hr assembling iPhones was probably earlier on an even poorer bugger slogging it out in a field somewhere earning just enough to barely stay alive. China has pulled hundreds of millions of people out of abject poverty and into the middle class over the last 30 years. They might have pretty much fucked their environment in the process, but our countries all went through exactly the same process about 100 years ago. Who are we to deny them their chance?

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roondog commented Friday, 12 Jul 2019 at 7:52pm

Fuckhead swinging a chainsaw, wow shock rock at its wank knob best - on the subject of surfboards being mass produced, cost, surf industry multinationalism, corporate branding and wankers getting 'pulled off/in'(on jet ski's) well suit yourself - yawn

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 12 Jul 2019 at 7:58pm

Swellnetonians shouldn't dream so loud...
Are you kidding me..."Gay Chainsaws invented Tinder"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIM9p4Fyqjg

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Spuddups commented Saturday, 13 Jul 2019 at 5:24pm

Fark, I just watched the clip. The guy comes across as a bit of a fuckwit. Hard to properly judge without actually having met the guy, but actions speak louder than words I reckon.

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morg commented Sunday, 14 Jul 2019 at 1:34pm

As much as we hate to admit there is a relationship between what you can get away with at certain ages, and well, what you can’t.

This guys definitely crossed that line between cool and fool.

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wallpaper commented Monday, 15 Jul 2019 at 9:08am

seppo incarnate

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Feralkook commented Monday, 15 Jul 2019 at 10:26am

Just a bitter and twisted, self aggrandising old man, that is four minutes of my life I just wasted watching that, On a side note, when I came back to the surfing fold the first thing I did was shop around looking for a new board, took me four months to decide what I was being offered by young "consultants" in surf shops from mal's to all sorts of other stuff was not working. I have bowled ten pin most of my life and have all my balls fitted and drilled for good reason. Decided my best bet was to have my board fitted and shaped for the same reason, it met my needs and supported an Australian shaper. Simples!

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Mack Flanno commented Monday, 15 Jul 2019 at 12:26pm

Who is the band?

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wallpaper commented Monday, 15 Jul 2019 at 2:02pm

is there a band? all I could hear was chainsaws

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Lanky Dean commented Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019 at 10:00am

Thought he put on quite the performance.
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