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Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016.

The passing of another year. I have mixed feelings about 2015. On the local level, we had some great surf. Consistent as it gets. Last winter the weather was awful. Unless you like that kind of stuff. And I know a few of you who do. But for the rest of us, it was tough going. Then we had an incredible run of nice weather through the Fall and right up until a few days after Christmas. Then winter showed up.

It was also a bittersweet year for those of us who lost loved ones.


There was Steve McCarthy from the McCarthy family, and my own family saw the passing of our kid sister Evamarie. And keeping with the cycle of life, we were blessed with another grandchild. Having babies does not make up for the vacant seat at the dinner table on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it does help.

The dealing with reality, and holding onto your faith, can go a long way to ease that loss. And the babies running around the house, bring nothing but laughter and joy. I am fast becoming used to being a grandfather. When your grandchild smiles at you, and reaches out to you to have you pick them up,well that's feeling I wouldn't trade for all the money in the world. I don't know many who would.

So on a personal level, I'm looking forward to 2016.

I hope to get back in the water in the spring, and to get back in shape.
That's the plan any way. Hard to predict what will happen in 2016, but I'm glad to see 2015 go. So here's wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

There was some extra crazy shit that happened in 2015.
Some worth mentioning, others not so much.



How could I not mention the BEST Superbowl win of all time? The game was lost for New England
when Pete Carroll calls the biggest, perhaps the dumbest ever, play of all time. It was like a miracle. Some kind of bug wormed it's way into Carroll's head and made him call this play. Whenever Butler picked off the pass to save the team. All of America (save Patriots fans) stared in disbelief and shock. That call resulted in the New England Patriots winning their 4th Superbowl. Could they do it again? Sure. But I'm not going there just yet. And neither should you.



When ISIS burst on the scene last year no one was more hated than this scumbag. Jihadi John. He stood before the rolling video cameras cursing America and president Obama. Then he would behead the American who was being held captive. With that English accent, he would without any
hesitation, cut off the heads of the men kneeling down in those orange jump suits, while continuing to spout all kinds of madness, and bullshit.

Well, if you're like me, you stopped whatever you were doing last month when you heard that we got him with a perfectly designed Drone Strike. He's dead. Gone. I wish they had the technology to tape and record that last final millisecond of this piece of shit's life. I would like to think, that he knew, in that final moment. He knew. Ha. Sorry, that makes me chuckle.

Speaking of chuckling, the local Hampton crew got more than their share of chuckles when local surfer comic celebrity Jimmy Dunn starred in the sitcom the McCarthys. The sitcom was based out of Boston, and the accents and mannerisms were spot on. It was a funny show. My favorite character was the mother. She was freaking hilarious.



We're all hoping that some other network picks it up.



Then there were the uneasy chuckles of comparing aging starlet Jessica Lange to newly built Caitlyn Jenner. I personally felt uneasy, because I had a crush on Jessica, when she was in the first remake of King Kong in 1976. Seeing her now, and in this comparison? Well, spoiler alert. We are all going to get old. Wrinkles, baldness (for both men and women) and flesh just drooping and
hanging like some wet towel. That's ok. It is what it is.

As they say, It's Life. Suck it up and deal with it.



We couldn't get through the year without mentioning this piece of human waste. Private Bergdahl walked off his post on a mountain in Afghanistan.
The result of which led to the death of six American
soldiers who died while searching for him. And if that wasn't bad enough, Obama traded five of the worse known Terrorist leaders, with the Taliban to get this as swipe coward back home to his hippie parents. Disgusting? Oh hell yea it was.



Pleasant looking gentlemen
don't you think? Nice work Barack.

"Trading Five Terrorists For One Coward Does Not Heal any Wounds"


 

 

 






"Ed's Corner" pic this week is another shot from the winter of 2009.This week's pic is a super hollow peak that we always loved shooting together. It's funny, once Ed knew that I had a penchant for empty waves, it was a weekly battle for us to get the best empty wave shot.

Pretty sure he won on this particular week.

To see more of Ed's pics just hit the archives tab and scroll through the years and see some of Ed's work. It's worth the trip down memory lane.
Be sure to pick up the SFOD movie The COLD COAST
and check out the extra feature of Ed O'Connell's gallery.

Each week I will feature one of Ed's great pics from this blog.
Photo by Ed O'Connell
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Now for Some More Of My Weekly Global Observances

Am I the only one who can't believe what is happening to our country when buffoons like this man are leading the polls as quite possibly becoming the NEXT president of the United States? This is like some SNL bit.

Are you kidding me people?

"MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" Who wrote that slogan? Vince Lombardi? Seriously, what marketing genius put that down on paper? And then turn around and make the ugliest trucker hats on the planet. The only one wearing them is
The DONNIE himself.

Clearly he is suffering from Affluenza.

Just the most absurd and ridiculous political race we have ever been witness to. And yes, I'm including all of us. After all, we will all suffer from this, if it comes true. Start praying people, start praying.




God help us all if he gets the nod and the job.



Yes I had fun doing this. Old Cos is finally going to face the music. I'm sure he would like this all to go away. I'm sure he would want to make America funny again. But there's nothing funny about this Mr Huxtable. Nothing. The shit is going down and so are you.



Think the Cos will take the stand? Is this something he
might say? I swear you can't make this shit up.

Pretty freaking sad for the victims.

KSM Photoshop of the Week

What some people don't know is, Cos may be going to GITMO if convicted. This is a scene from The Cos and KSM talking about getting some good pills and heading over to the women's cell block. KSM has an in with the Al Qeada bitches. And Cos can hardly believe his ears.



Please my friends, enjoy the weekly humiliation of the master mind behind the September 11th, 2001 attacks. The man who was behind the killing of 3,000 innocent civilians. The number two big dog of Al Qeada. Khalid Sheik Mohammed.


* Note to self, must pick up a case of Viagra at Home Depot.


HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

Please send positive thoughts to Mike Keefe to your list. Mike's a local surfer who has been surfing these parts for decades. Also say a prayer for my good friend Robert Gerard. And please continue to pray for local Hampton surfers Terry Morrison and Rick Fiorentini and their families.
*I'm adding a close dear friend of mine. Marine SSGT George Masten. A combat Marine who served in Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the purple heart for wounds received in Vietnam in 1967. George is battling cancer. PLEASE say a prayer for him.

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Today- New Years Eve. December 31st, 2015.
Photos by RALPH



(Above)
I know one thing, with waves like this you need to grab a rail
and extend that back arm for guidance, and most importantly, hope
for the best. Perry Reynolds doing just that. December 31st, 2015.

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(Above)
Mackey V hoping for a way out of this thick grinder.
December 31st, 2015.
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(Above)
Matt Colby always pushing it to the limits. The payoff is landing
on your feet. The downside? Landing on your head.
December 31st, 2015.

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(Above) I kept watching this peak. There was no one on it. I was day dreaming about my youth and thinking what I would do if I was back in my prime. One thing's for sure. I'd be back dooring that thing for a little cover-up.
December 31st, 2015.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Perry Reynolds ducking and tucking. December 31st, 2015.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
I was thinking when I saw this pic, that it was the best barrel I ever got of Mackey. He says it's not. Until he can show me one better, this will be the one for future comparisons. December 31st, 2015.
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Today- New Years Eve Morning Fog . December 31st, 2015.
Photos by RALPH




(Above
) The fog that morning was pretty thick. And it goes without saying the shooting process is difficult at best. When this gull stole a clam from two juveniles, and started screeching his head off to keep them away from his clam, I was thinking, this might be the only shot I'll get today. It wasn't.
December 31st, 2015.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) You can see the fog rolling in here. I was able to tweak the contrast in photoshop a little, but nothing could really help. December 31st, 2015.
Photo by RALPH

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(Above
) Matt Colby was a late arrival, but he wasted no time in putting on a show for the foggers. December 31st, 2015.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above
) Fresh back from SA, Becca Speak was back in a winter suit and having a hard time adjusting to all that rubber. Still she manged to snag this beefy right hander. We all go through the Tropical spoiler phase. And we all adjust sooner or later. December 31st, 2015.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above
) Max with his back to the beach, is hoping the speed he generated to put him here will be enough to recover. It wasn't. December 31st, 2015.

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Today- The Day Before. December 30th, 2015.
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(Above) This Mikey Evans full extension, may be a contender for a new
profile pic. December 30th, 2015.
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(Above) Kai Nichols kept popping up on my viewfinder on both my new
NIKON 7100 and my CANON video camera. December 30th, 2015.

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(Above) Jared Hay was busy jamming cutties in the snow.
December 30th, 2015.
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(Above) Not 100% sure of who this is. But as you can see, he was having fun.
December 30th, 2015.
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Today- The Day Before 2016. December 3
1st, 2015.
Photos by CREATYLER




(Above) Jesse Gould pulling into the Green Motel on the Cheetah board.
December 31st, 2015.
Photos by CREATYLER
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(Above) This cloud bank moved in like a set wave at Chopes.
December 31st, 2015.
Photos by CREATYLER
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(Above) Jesse Gould's dog Loki was sitting with me while I shot the action.
I heard the camera click and knew it was aimed at me. How? There wasn't a set coming, and I have a sixth sense. These CREATYLER guys were good. Keeping to themselves they shot some unique pics. Keep sending them to
me boys. December 31st, 2015.
Photo by CREATYLER
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(Above) The last sunset of 2015. December 31st, 2015.
Photo by CREATYLER
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Today- The last Week Of December, 2015.
Photos by Melanie Spearman




(Above) Artie Seaman dropping in on one of the last waves of 2015.
December 30th, 2015.
Photos by Melanie Spearman
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(Above) The very next day finds Artie dropping in on one of the last waves
of the last day of 2015. December 31th, 2015.
Photos by Melanie Spearman
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(Above) The last day was a treat for all the Goofy foots.
Artie Seaman, December 31th, 2015.
Photos by Melanie Spearman
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Today- The 12 Months of 2015. One Pic from each month.
Photos by RALPH, Brian Nevins, Martha Lardent, Cory and Max Fatello



(Above) One of my favorites. HIT THE BEACH. August 28th, 2015.
Photo by Brian Nevins
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Today- CHUCKY's FIGHT. January 2nd, 2016.
Photos by RALPH





(Above) Chucky Rosa is a man among men. His FIGHT is something that
every Mother, Father, and child should know about. January 2nd, 2016.
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) They all followed Chucky Rosa into the cold Atlantic.
January 2nd, 2016. Photos by RALPH
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Today- The Amazing Surf Pics From Taiwan.
January 3rd, 2016.
Photos by The Google Machine



(Above) Yep. Taiwan. Check it out.
January 3rd, 2016.
Photos by The Google Machine

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(Above) My buddy Stan Chew grew up surfing in Taiwan.
January 3rd, 2016.
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(Above) Wait Taiwan? Yep. Taiwan. Check it out.
January 3rd, 2016.
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(Above)
New Years Eve Party with the local surf elders. December 31st, 2015.

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Julia Nichols dropping in at Sunset Beach. December, 2015.

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(Above)
. The last Day of 2015. December 31, 2015.

Photo by Erin Prawoko

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