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after last weekend with the Wounded Warriors Surfing experience
and what I witnessed on Friday August 29th at the Wall. And what
you my friends, can view exclusively here on this blog, changed my take
on that subject. How's that? Well, I witnessed along with a handful of
others, a 53 year old former world champion Pioneer in the Sport
of Surfing paddle out at the Wall on Friday afternoon in
dribbling, gutless surf and absolutely kill it.
the Shaun Tomson. Now I know there's a few of you out there
who know very little about Shaun Tomson. In fact, I'm sure there's
more than a few. However, I also know that there are more of you who know
exactly who Shaun is. And to those individuals, I have to tell
you, it was an unbelievable experience, to not only witness Shaun Tomson
surf our waves with a handful of friends, but it was an honor for me to
be able to shoot those rides.
Look at the video clip and then ask me. I am telling you all right here and now, that the waves he was out surfing in, were absolutely pathetic, gutless, dribble, that even those of us who are somewhat regularly"stoked", would have a hard time surfing. Even...(and I say this with respect), those who compete. I mean, if you had a heat in these conditions, you would of been groveling out there.
But Shaun not only surfed these waves good, he surfed them with enthusiasm on par with any stoked grom. I kid you not. He surfed with Dave Cropper and after about an hour, he told Crop he was just going to get one more and head in. Well, about an hour and a half later, he was still out there. Surfing our waves, stoked out of his mind.
This is a man who helped take contemporary surfing, and turn it on it's head. It's true. Shaun Tomson helped Pioneer what professional surfing is today. From 1974 to 1980 Shaun and a handful of other surfers from Australia and South Africa turned the surf world upside down. That's why he was in town. He's on a self promotion tour for the new movie "BUSTIN DOWN THE DOOR".
The movie was shown at the IOKA in Exeter and it was really well done. In this day and age when there's a new surf movie every other day and they all start to look and feel the same, this is a movie about an important part of our history and it is as significant as any other surf documentary that you have ever seen. If you saw the flick you know what I'm talking about. If you missed it, well I would suggest getting the DVD in December.
It is the true story about Shaun Tomson, Wayne Rabbit Bartholomew, Ian Carins, Mark Richards, Michael Tomson, Peter Towend, Mark Warren and it is narrated by Edward Norton.
BUSTIN DOWN THE DOOR...is a must see Surf Movie about the true birth of professional surfing.
I kept thinking how my late friend Joe Somogyi would of been freaking out knowing that Shaun "The Prawn" Tomson was at 10th st in Hampton. Same with Kevin Grondin. Kevin was nowhere to be found that afternoon. Too bad, because I am absolutely certain, that Kevin would of been stoked out of his mind, to surf with one of our Surf Legends. Lenny Nichols got to share a few waves with Shaun along with Crop and a few others as well, were somewhat aware of who was out in the water with them.
for me personally, I was beyond stoked. I felt like a little Grom Groupie
around Shaun. I could barely contain myself. I mean, here's the
guy who took riding in the tube to a whole new level, out surfing my homebreak.
The same break that we all pretended to be Shaun Tomson whenever
the surf got hollow.
attitude and willingness to speak about his loss was in short inspiring.
He told us all that it was surfing that helped get him through his grief
and sorrow. My last words to Shaun that night was about this blog.
I told him, that I end every one of my weekly columns with my tag of "Surfing
Heals All Wounds". He smiled and said "That's beautiful".
Then we shook hands.
We had a great day yesterday at the annual Surf Family Robinson Beach Party. Hard to believe that 17 years has come and gone and we still do this. All you surfers with young children who went to this event know what I'm talking about. It was a fun day and I was happy to see some faces that had never been before. And even happier to see the old faces still show up. If you missed it this year try and make it next year. It's the last Saturday before Labor Day.
it down on your calendar now.
That would be a crime.
And don't think for a moment that they are not thinking about such things. Because they are. If they could stop Hurricanes from forming they would. In the bat of an eyelash. They'd kill em dead.
they could. Same with Tornadoes. I can see killing Tornadoes, but please,
not Hurricanes. Can't we all just get along? Storms and mankind. Can't
Michael Taylor and myself are already thinking about next year's event.
The kids are going back to school. The tourists will soon be leaving. The Days and nights will get a bit more chillier than the week before. You know what's coming. The Best Days of The Year that's what. Fall...Autmun. New England at her best.
On Thursday September 11, 2008 at 6PM on 69 High Street in Hampton. The Local American Legion POST 35 is having their third annual GWOT Dedication. What that means is, all the Veterans from the State of New Hampshire who were killed in the GWOT since last September 11, 2007 will have their names added to the monument outside the Post building.
This year we are adding three names.
is a somber observance and is usually well attended by the whole community.
The surfing community and the genral populace.
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
1975 Shaun Tomson Free Ride.
Surf Family Robinson 17 years strong.