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would be one thing, if them Hail Storms, Tornadoes and Micro Bursts
gave us waves, but they don't. And if that's not bad enough, the third
Tropical Storm of the year (TS Chris) petered out and died
after getting us all jacked up on the possibilities. What happened Chris?
Was it something we said? Was it something we did? Or...was it something
we said we did? I mean all news stations were breaking away from the fighting
in the Middle East to give us updates on TS Chris. They
were all giddy with the potential for this thing winding up and causing
all kinds of damage. Especially seeing how the track was taking Chris
right up the gut of where Katrina and Rita hit last year.
06 is not shaping up to be what last Summer was like. I know it's
far from over, and that we are really just getting into the Tropical
Storm season but....I don't know. I guess we'll wait and see what
happens. Meanwhile, do what you have to do to stay in shape for when it
does hit. And you know, it's going to hit eventually. As hard as it is
to do in the Summer, get all your little side projects done now. Be smart.
Utilize this down time to get your act together. Mow the lawns, paint
the house, clean the garage (wait did I just write that? My wife reads
this and I'm in trouble). But you know what I mean. Get the boring, not
so fun stuff done now, don't put it off and have to do things when the
first BIG swell hits.
Yesterday was a special day for the New England Surf community. There was a FUNDRAISER For one of our own. Bob Pollard, a South Shore Surfer, owned and operated, Levitate Surf and Skate, passed away last month. Bob was also a husband and a father. The community at large came together, with many of the key players, donating all kinds of surf related material. From surfboards, wetsuits and clothing, to DVD's, art work and T-shirts. And a whole lot more. It was a good thing to do.
Some people have asked me if I knew Bob. I didn't. However, there's a pretty good chance, that we crossed paths somewhere along the way. New England is not that big. And I've surfed and traveled all over here. From Maine, NH, MA (including the North Shore, South Shore, Cape and Islands) to Rhode Island. There's a good chance we passed each other. He sounded like a great guy. The fact that he would hoot, total strangers, speaks volumes about what kind of person he was. I mean think about it. How many of you have ever hooted a total stranger? Be truthful. I bet not many. Truth be told, I've hooted a few strangers in my time, but not nearly enough. It's our society of jaded, 'seen it all' attitudes that surfers seem to gravitate towards. No, I didn't know Bob personally, but I know people like Bob. We all do.
it's that reason alone, that made me stop and acknowledge him during
this time. Bob was a father and a husband who loved to surf.
I know hundreds of Bobs out there. My God. Can you imagine what
it would be like if someone you knew (like Bob) was suddenly
taken from us? Surfing is a very special lifestyle. It's the bond that
we all have in common. And sometimes, we take it for granted. Sometimes,
we take our friends and family for granted as well. Now, I don't mean
to get preachy here but,
it's times like this, that should make all of us stop and take it all
1976 Jay "The Rat" Hammer's trademark Kick-out
Today 2006 The late Bob Pollard...cruising down the line
This photo of Bob was taken in 2005. I believe it was from some Classic Long Boarding contest. This is a
classic pose. It's obvious that Bob had a sense of humor. Rest in peace Bob. Your friends and family miss you
and you will see them all again in a far better place than we are now.
Photo by Claire Hassett courtesy of NeSurfari.com
Today 2006 A few shots of a spot way, way, North of here...
Where is this? Be serious kids. I can't tell you that. Remember what I always say..."Imagination...is more
important than knowledge." Can you get there from here? It all depends on where "here" is. Here's a hint. It's not
in the United States, but, it is in North America. Happy hunting. All photos by Nick Val
(Above) Is this what they mean by a "Perfect Left"?
(Above) Or...is this a "Perfect Left"?
(Above) North America's version of Restaurants.
Today 2006 X-Games in New England?
John Carden's getting bored waiting for the next swell, so he's giving bowl riding a shot...ahhhh Johnny, you don't
really want me to say anything here do you? I can't be hurtful today. Speaking of which...get a helmet. That's the
only brain ya got. All photos courtesy of John Carden
(Above) Johnny takes the drop...and in his mind, it's Backdoor Pipe. But in reality....
(Above) ...it's a painful skateboard ramp! Ouchie wah wah!
(Above) In your face PUNK!
(Above) Krumpmashers looking gutsy as it does lonely. Just the Kaptain and his Krew..
Rocky is that You at Krumpmashers? Is that the Kaptain out the back?
Shot -Dog Days of August are here...