December 3rd, 2006
the season. Well, it's here, the end of the year. The first of December
came in with a gust of wind and some rain and then followed it up with
a little Jack Frost nip on the butt. Saturday was cold,
but not as cold as they predicted. Still I heard some people complain.
Are you kidding me? It's freaking December. It's about time it
got cold around these parts. I mean, did you really think it was going
to 70 forever?
Let's face it. It's 5mil time. Unless you're one of those hardcore types,
who grin and bare it with the hooded 4/3. I guess if all you want is an
hour in the water, you can get by with one. But for those of us who like
comfort and marathon sessions. It's 5mil or thicker.
My friends, I believe Winter is close by. Come December 21...she'll
be in full force. Then we all suck it up and get ready for the long haul.
January, February and March. Oh yea bunky. It's all coming. Whether
you want it or not.
Of course a bunch of you have already booked flights to the tropics. Not
a bad option. Hard to beat tropical conditions when back home it's beyond
cold and ice. In fact, I may be looking south my dam self. Somewhere warm
Looking back on this past year I was surprised at the amount of decent
surf we did get. Huh? Let me explain. I've been editing my new movie North
By Northeast and it's all from last year. Man, we got some decent
surf in 2006. Now, I know our Summer started off a little weak,
but it ended with some decent Hurri swells. I know it did, because I've
been re-living it all through this long tedious editing process. It was
pretty good. Same with last Winter. We had surf.
is, most of us had forgotten about it. Hell, I know I did. Once I started
to see it again, it all came back to me. Head high surf. Overhead surf.
Warm. Cold. Sunny and overcast. We had it all in 2006. We did.
Most photographers I know shoot more than they'll ever use. Joe Carter,
Nevins, Carden, LaVecchia and the rest. They shoot it all and go through
the process of elimination. I do the same. I shoot a ton of video and
then go through it all looking them little gold nuggets. I shot a lot
I'm hoping North By Northeast will remind you all what it
was like. I've got some decent footage and some decent stills from my
man John Carden too. It's funny seeing some of the same waves that
we both shot from different angles. And visa versa. We're even featuring
some local music by such artists like:
The Nor'easters, Jesse (my nephew), King's Highway and Wicked Automatic.
Local surfers and local musicians.
It will truly be a Northeast Production.
The Pats played the Lions today and I did a terrible thing.
I didn't watch the game because I listened to the "Experts"
who claimed the Pats would destroy the helpless Kittys. WRONG!
The last communication I had with anyone watching the game was, the
highly favored Pats were losing 21-13! Then I lost all
communication. No radio. No TV. No cell service. I had committed a terrible
misjudgment and was now paying for it. For sure, I thought they lost.
These are the kinds of games they lose. The one's they are supposed
Then my mind started in on the Voodoo thing. If only I had been watching.
They would of won. You know the scene. The stupid superstitious crap
we all have. I know you've all experienced this in some shape or form.
Wearing your "lucky" hat or shirt to insure an outcome on
some silly sporting event or something else. Like that shit works.
But yet, there I was, blaming this alleged loss on myself.
Like I actually had any kind of control over the outcome of a game on
TV. And let me tell ya, It's not just stupid sports that we watch on
TV either. I've seen it in the water. Oh yea. Superstitious surfers.
They are out there. Trying to control the surf with positive and negative
know this woman who was convinced that I was a good luck charm for her
son because of something I said at a major surf contest. And this kid
could surf. Her son did not need any good luck charms. He's the real
deal. And he just recently won some major Surf Contest. I tried to tell
her, that I am not a good luck charm and I have absolutely no merit
as to how her son will do in a surf contest. I told her it was up to
three things. The surf. Her son's surfing ability and the judges. She
looked at me and said. "See you are a Good Luck Charm, that all
makes sense. " I could only shake my head. Then I had to run away
when the kid won. Yelling the whole way. "I had Nothing to do with
Just like today. I had nothing to do with the Patriots game.
I found out later, they won And it wasn't because of me.
Or you. They win and lose on their own. We have no say in the matter.
Unless you are in the stadium. But if you're sitting home watching,
well...wear whatever you want, and do whatever you want. It does not
New Movie NORTH BY NORTHEAST to be released on or about Dec
7th. A full Throttle Hard Core Surf flick shot from October (Hurricane
Wilma) 2005 Thru Last Week's November 10, 2006 V-Day Swell.
With some killer stills from John Carden.
Please keep John Bocko and JG in your thoughts and prayers.
And to Mike Moran, we're all pulling for you too kid. These are
all just temporary detours and bumps in the long road of life.
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.