|Going TROPPO and Somali Stow-away's...
I do not want to come off as a big mouthed know- it- all when it comes to surfing. But I have to speak the truth. Or rather the truth as I know it. And the truth is, if you REALLY want to experience what it is truly like to be a surfer, you MUST at one point in your life (preferably early on) go on a tropical surf trip with your buddies. You must do this.
Look, I know tropical surf trips with your lover, spouse, and family are all worthwhile and full of wonderful memories etc etc...but nothing beats traveling with your posse. Your boys. Your peeps. Or girls. Or for that matter, going alone.
To fully take in what this lifestyle/sport has to offer you have to get away with others of the same ilk. These kinds of trips will be forged into your collective memory banks, as part of your rite of passage
as a surfer. A REAL surfer.
And before you give me the "Why the tropics Ralph?
Why not somewhere cold?" rap. I will stop you dead in your tracks. The tropics offer something that you can't get going to some cold destination. And you all know I love the colder locales. Hello? Look
at where I have chosen to live. I get the allure of the cold. I eat, sleep, and drink that shit.
But I am here to tell you. Yes TELL you. That you NEED to pack your gear and go on a tropical surf trip with your buds. Not mom and dad. Or your hot new girl. Or handsome new boyfriend. You need to surf with your peers and hit it hard. Just saying, if you want to be a surfer you need to get a few of these trips under your belt. And the sooner the better. You will not be young forever.
Otherwise, someday you will regret, that you never took a trip with your close surf friends and had the experience of a lifetime.
Like my buddy JT and I did in the late 70's. This trip (for both of us) will always remain our best surf trip ever. Why? Because it was our first tropical adventure and we had no idea where we were going or where we were staying. In fact, the first week, we slept in a tent. But the time we spent on that tropical Island and the friends we made lasted a lifetime.
This is a video frame grab from an old super 8mm movie that we shot. That's me riding a 7' 8" single fin Robert August (no leash). This was the day I walked out of a makeshift hospital after days on a cot in a Quonset hut and hitchhiked across the Island. When I got back to where we were staying, the surf came up. It peaked out at a solid 10'. It was in a nutshell, GOING OFF. The next 3 days were a blur.
But one thing's for sure. That trip will forever be the trip by which all future tropical surf trips would be measured. We scored.
I have traveled and surfed with Kevin Grondin more than any other surfer I know. This pic above was from another North Shore adventure. Michael "Iron Balls" Baytoff shot this at Gas Chambers. Again, it was a bunch of us. Young surfers behaving badly and surfing our asses off.
This is a classic photo. Max and Kody are lifelong friends. They literally grew up together. Surfing here in Hampton as young groms and then competing in the ESA up and down the entire East Coast.
In short, they have logged a lot of hours together out in the water.
Last week they had a chance to surf in the tropics together and took full advantage of the swells that hit while they were there over the Easter vacation. There are hundreds of pics of these guys in the galleries below that Kody's mom Kim shot.
"A Tropical Surf Trip Heals All Wounds"
Okay, am I the only one who thinks that the
constant news coverage of the Somali teen who hid in the wheel well of a Hawaiian jetliner last week was a bad idea?
And by bad idea, I am talking about the unintentional telegraphing to ALL the potential terrorists out there, that you can now hop a fence, and place a bomb, or themselves with a suicide belt strapped around your ass in the wheel well of a plane, and shortly after taking off, you can detonate yourself and kill everyone on board while you get a ticket to be with Allah and the 72 virgins waiting for you. Hello? Flabbergasted over this.
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The Granite Stoke boys, Dylan Ladds and Ryan Scura are premiering their new documentary THE GRANITE STOKE this Saturday May 3rd, 2014 at 7:30PM at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. The proceeds go to the both the MOLLY Fund and the SURFRIDER Foundation, I am personally asking you to try and attend. It will be worth your time and your dime.
Now for Some Of My Weekly Global Observances
The missing Malaysian plane is still missing. Anyone with any information on the missing plane should contact the Missing Plane Department on CNN. They will book you for an hour's interview and put you on a panel of Missing Plane Experts.
OK I absolutely LOVE these pics of the beloved North Korean leader being "Loved" by his people. Oh my God. Can you believe this? Wait, some of you can. I think I saw a few of you weep when the current US president was elected. But this? Oh man. This is borderline insanity. Am I right here people?
This shit is scary because these are the people we may end up having to duke it out with in the future. Creepy.
Take a good hard look at this. This is real.
And now for my weekly humiliation of Khalid Sheik Muhummed (KSM) the mastermind behind 9-11. This week KSM is seen in a rare pic of him as a toddler being held by Kim Jong Un as the beloved leader visited an orphanage.
Again, our boy KSM looks miserable. Ha! (I know I'm bad).
So once again, let's all take a minute, and enjoy the weekly humiliation of the mastermind terrorist who killed 3,000 innocent civilians on September 11th, 2001.
Note to self: Must pick up a case of Huggies at Home Depot this week.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rick Hosely April 26th, 2014!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sofia Haffenreffer April 26th, 2014!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cathy McGee April 27th, 2014!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Peter Tilton April 27th, 2014!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jeff Schneier
April 28, 2014!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tony Vitale April 28th, 2014!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nohea Nichols May 2nd, 2014!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Albert O May 3rd, 2014!
GET WELL SOON Little FINN LOCKWOOD!
CONGRATS BRUINS on beating Detroit!
Now BEAT MONTREAL!!
And please continue to send positive thoughts and prayers to our dear friend Debra White and family.
As well as JT, and Ed O'Connell. Please add them all to your prayer list.
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my friends... Surfing Heals All Wounds.
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.
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