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January 28th, 2007

Depressing. Sad. Disappointed. Am I talking about the Patriots loss to the Colts last Sunday night? No. I'm talking about the fact that we have not had overhead surf in over month. That's a shame. Unless you're one of the lucky ones to have escaped this madness. Seems like everybody's heading out of town. Hawaii, Costa Rica, Puerto name it. Anywhere is better than here right now. And for all of you who take up Skiing and snowboarding during the cold months the natural snow has yet to fall. I do know they are making snow these days. And it's not bad. It's just not the powder that the real stuff produces.

You know, if they can make snow, why can't they make waves? I know they make waves (indoors and in the warmer climates), but it sure would be nice if they had the big bucks to make em here. Of course, that would change everything. We'd all be in trouble if they made waves. Why? Be serious. If there was surf all the time, there would be more surfers. It would be extra crowded like California and Hawaii. There would be a lot more
' incidents' in the water. Yes, even up here, in the dead of winter. It just wouldn't be the same.

So, I'm sorry I brought it up.

I guess I am upset at the Patriots loss. That was a hard game to watch. How do you let a 21-3 lead slip away? For the life of me, I can't see how that game unfolded the way it did. I was truly a wreck by the end of that game. I went through every emotion known to mankind. And I know I'm not alone. I guess the lack of surf has not helped. At least with the Patriots being the only New England team doing well, we had something to look forward to. Not anymore.

Thank God that American Idol is back on.

Yes, I watch it. How the hell can I not? What are you kidding me? It's like watching a train wreck. I can't turn away. The early rounds of this show is just riveting TV. It's just great TV viewing. And those of you who watch it know exactly what I'm talking about. And I know there's a whole bunch of you out there who watch "IDOL."

I just hope there's none of you parents I know, who are thinking about sending your kids to an audition in the future. Unless that kid can sing...and I mean, really sing, don't bother. Don't embarrass your kid on National Television. Unless they are really bad. Then I say, let them do it. It's what makes the show so dam entertaining. The losers. To quote Simon.

"I'm sorry...but it's a NO."

Got some tropical photos in from our boy John Carden today. His first ever trip to the Islands. He seems to be digging life there (Maui). How the hell could he not?
I remember my first trip to Oahu. What a wake up call that was. Everything seemed bigger. The waves. The boards. The locals. It was my baptism of fire. The North Shore of Oahu is unforgiving. The surf and locals (back in those days) could care less about you, or where you came from. "New England? Where's that? You surf in the snow brah?
Man that's crazy!" I'd have to agree with them. They knew, that we were not a threat to them, or their waves. And that was a good thing for us.

I remember the first time I paddled out in 20' (faces) surf and wished I had stayed on the beach. I sat on my board for a long time, just watching and dodging sets. Wondering how the hell I was going to get back to the beach. It was a very humbling moment for me. I realized right then and there, that I was never going to be a Big Wave Surfer. It was as if, a light had gone off in my head. I was actually happy and content with this new found logic and knowledge. I would live my life surfing waves up to 10' and that would fine with me. Anything 15' and over, was not for me. I knew that, on that day, many years ago. If I could just get a small 12-15 foot wave in, I would be happy.
Well my friends, I made it back. And I couldn't wait to get back to New England.

I went back to the Islands many times after that first Big Wave encounter. And I did go out in Big Surf again, but I never "ripped" in Big surf. Hardly. I can honestly say. I have surfed in Big Waves, but I am NOT a Big Wave surfer.
Hope that makes sense.

I enjoyed a nice 6-8' warm water, not crowded session, way more than I did, a tense BIG Wave sesh, with aggressive locals in the water. Call me crazy, but that's what I liked.

I know there are plenty of New Englanders who have relished the chance to surf in Big Waves in Hawaii. I take my hat off to them. And I also know, there are plenty more who feel like I do. There's no shame in that my friends.

Happy Birthday to Kim Grondin, Allen Bigbee and Kody Grondin. A Speedy get well to Dave Cropper and Mackey V. As always, our thoughts and prayers are with those loved ones who are sick. And to those who have lost loved ones recently.

Thanks again for buying my movie NxNE .

Remember my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.



Yesterday 1986 Vince Standing on the beach at Lani's after a fun sesh
People have asked me what constitutes a "Yesterday" Photo. In other words, how far in the past does it have to be
before I call it a "Yesterday" photo. Well, I'm trying to keep the yesteryear shots to 20 years. I figure 20 years is a
good number to look back on. Of course I've run some real old ones before and I plan to continue that trend. However,
I think 20 years is a good number because a lot of you didn't really start surfing until the 80's and 90's. I may from
time to time run a photo that's only 15 years old. But for now, it's 20 years minimum. This was shot after I just came
in from a real fun session at Laniakea on the North Shore of Oahu. My then girlfriend took the photo.
* Check the dark hair, beard and trunks. I was the Anti-Color surfer in those days.
by SFOD Cory Bunton

Today 2007
New Hampshire Boy John Carden's Maui Shots
New Hampshire Surfer/Photographer John Carden sends his FIRST Ever photos from Maui.
Check em out below.

(Above) Local Dover NH boy Gary Tuttle on his day off from Flatbread. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Girls can surf in Maui. Photo by John Carden

(Above) How does this look on this freezing cold day here in New England? Photo by John Carden

Today 2007 Northern New England This past Thursday
New England Gets waves! REPEAT New England Gets Waves! Ok Ok...I know it's small, but it's something.
My daughter and I snapped these on Thursday afternoon. It got colder as the sun dropped.

Photos by SFOD

(Above) Markey J stands over 6' tall. How big is this wave? Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Jacko asked himself why he paddled out. I told him, "Because it's been FLAT for a FREAKING Month!"
Photo by 11yr old Noelle Fatello SFOD

(Above) "Mind if I join ya?" Two friends sharing a peak. Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Empty Perfection? Sort empty wave sneaks by in 2007. Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

Today 2007 The Phantom Goes Italiano!
OK if things were not bad enough how's this? The Dam Phantom sends me these photos of all places ITALY!
Turns out the dam Phantom has Italian Phantoms lurking around the Med snapping photos for all of us.
Now who would thought that there was surf this good in Italy? And some were taken this week!
Photos courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) This is Italy? Looks like New England! Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Italy????? Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) New England or Italy? It's Italy! Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Indo or Italy? Although, I think this baby is gonna fold fast. Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Hey Pisan! Can I bring my friends too? Photo courtesy of The Phantom

Today 2007 West Coast Action
My buddy Ron is one of those guys who is equally as good with a camera as he is actually surfing.
He used to live in Southern Maine and is a DIE Hard Patriots fans. Needless to say we were both upset over
the loss last Sunday. He sent me this photo to cheer me up. Except it didn't work Ron. I'm jealous of both
the Colts fans and you getting this surf without me! Oh the horror...the horror.

Photo courtesy of Ron Freeman

Today 2007 Tav Tube
My friend Geoff Haenn is a hard core EAGLES fan. He's bumming more than us. This is his buddy Charlie
getting shacked in Tavvie. Lucky bastard.

Photo courtesy of Geoff Haenn

Parting Shot "This thing got a leash?"
The things that men do to get a rush. This can't possibly end good.

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