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June 22, 2008

Well it's official. It's Summer. As of 6/20/08 the longest day of the year, the Summer of 08 is upon us. The big question on everyone's mind is...what kind of Summer will it be? Wave wise...only time will tell. But everything else should be status quo. In other words, it will be hot, and it will be crowded. But having just come off the best Winter and Spring in recent years, we all are praying and hoping that the Summer of 08 will be just as memorable. Or better.

And as if right on cue, there are rumors of a swell tomorrow. Monday June 23rd. Could this Summer be the best Summer since 2005? Or 1995? Or 1969? We can only wait and see. But I'll tell you what, if there's good surf tomorrow and it lasts a few days I'd say we're off to a good start. Because as much as I hate to say this, we have been in sort of a semi drought. The last decent swell was the week before Memorial Day.

But like a lot of you, I needed a break from the weekly swells.

It was at the end of last week that I realized that I was really missing the surf. Of course there were a few smaller days here and there since Memorial Day that could be considered fun. But I have been waiting for something a little more significant. Something with a little push.

And Lil Ralphie here needs the push.

The older we get, the harder it is to get into waves earlier. The added push in good surf helps. Or it does for me. I can't grovel in the weak stuff nowadays. I see the Youth Brigade out there all the time catching anything that moves on these little swizzle sticks for surfboards. That ain't me. Like I said, I need the push. Hopefully whatever it is that's coming has a little push.

Another reason why I think the surf is coming up is, a good friend of ours is leaving for a two week Surf trip to Costa Rica tomorrow. That's almost a guarantee that there will be surf. It never fails, someone gets antsy and they freak out and plan a surf trip. The day they usually leave, the surf comes up. That kind of karma has been happening all my entire surf life.

It is my friends, the ole Sacrificial Lamb theory.

In fact, this same family of wave riders left last winter for warmer climes and tropical surf and got somewhat skunked. It's true. They packed their boards, bags and trunks and went to PR only to be met with rain and no surf. Meanwhile back home in New England we were blessed with great consistent surf the whole dang winter. Now I certainly wouldn't want to see my friends get skunked again, but I won't lose any sleep worrying about the kind of surf they will be getting. It is after all a crap shoot.

Predicting surf is like predicting the weather around here. You never know what you're gonna get until that day arrives.

In fact, there's really only one place where you can virtually guarantee that you will get surf. Oahu. That's right. Winter, Spring Summer or Fall. You know, that somewhere on that Island there is surf. It may not be great surf, but there's surf.

Anywhere else, it's a hit or miss deal. You could get the best surf of your life, or, you could get the worst skunking of your life. But that's a chance, that we are all willing to take.

I guess that's where the original "Pray For Surf" line came from


I was thumbing through this Surf mag the other day and saw this really nice photo of some guy at Pipe. It wasn't just a photo, but a double page spread. I believe the mag was called WATER. You should check it out, it's pretty good. Besides, our own Brian Nevins has a feature spread as well as Maine's Nick LaVecchia. It's nicely laid out.

Getting back to that particular photo.

The guy was at the bottom of a big Pipe bomb. It was a great shot. He was wearing these remake striped surf trunks, much like the trunks that Greg Noll wore during his peak of stardom. The guy obliviously chose these trunks because he wanted to stand out. Let's face it, we're all a bit of ego gorillas when it comes to surfing and standing out above the pack.

It's part of our DNA.

Well, what struck me as being odd at this shot was the caption and description. "Unidentified" at Pipeline. Unidentified? This guy buys these loud Greg Noll surf trunks to stand out of the pack, he gets not just a photo in a mag, but a lead in photo, and it's a double page spread, and his credit is UNIDENTIFIED??? The horror, the total injustice to this poor, surf photo starved, potential surf star.


I of course thought about all the photos I've posted over the years, and had to throw the "Unidentified" line out there. I always feel bad knowing that most of you will end up seeing yourselves and calling me out about it. And I typically make the correction right away, unless it's a photo from the archives. In which case, I make the correction in due time.

But you would think that if some photographer was out shooting Big Pipe and he shot some guy wearing those loud ass trunks, he'd at least ask around about the identify of the rider. Wouldn't you think? I could just picture this guy at some friend's house, thumbing through this mag, only to stop and blow his drink out of his nose as he sees himself for the first time...and undoubtedly yells out..."HEY THAT's ME!!! Check this out!" Or worse, some friend sees it first, and says..."Hey man this guy looks like you...wait it is you! Dude, this is YOU!!!!"

I mean what do you do? Call or email the mag, and tell them? Then hope for some small correction in the next issue, or just suck it up and revel in your 15 minutes of fame and glory? Then go out and buy 15 copies for your family and close friends. And show it to anyone who has the 'surf thing' going on in their lives. Otherwise, you will always be lost in anonymity. Unidentified.

The Boston Celtics are NBA World Champions. They beat those LA LAKERS handily during Game 6. At one point they were up by 40 points. Oh that's very hurtful but good. Congrats to all you TRUE GREEN CELTIC Fans!

HAPPY Birthday Kevin "Doc" Grondin.

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


Yesterday 1989 Julia Nichols in Hawaii.
(Below) Little Julia Nichols with a signed cast on her leg poses for the camera. Julia recently graduated from
UNH. She's been surfing and living here for the past 8 years and is now moving back to the Island of Oahu.
The family and friends of Julia got together recently to celebrate her short stay here and to wish her well. She
will be missed by all who knew and loved her here in New England. And I will personally be expecting some
new photos from the Islands. After all Julia...both your Mom and Dad are professional photographers.
Don't forget your family and friends here in New England, and don't forget our surf.
We will all be here when you return.
Photo courtesy of the Nichols Family.

2008 Today-June 21, 2008


(Above) Julia and mom Arlene yesterday at the party for Julia.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Julia and friends.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Surf Dads and Uncles at the party for Julia.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Surf family Cropper.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Matt, Jack and twin sister (I'm sorry I forgot her name) yesterday at the party for Julia.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Cinnamon Girls at the party for Julia.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Anthony & Diane and twin baby boys. While Kim looks on and remembers ...the sleepless nights.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Arlene and Nohea with the twins.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD


2008 Today-SURF SPRING, 2008

(Above) UNIDENTIFIED from last Spring at the WALL.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Jack Cadigan from last Spring.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) MVF from last Spring lining it all up.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) MVF from last Spring.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) MVF from last Spring under the lip.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Lenny from the same session...hood off and settling in on the sweet spot.
Photo by Ed O'Connell


Above) Smoothies, Salads and Wraps available NOW at the SECRET SPOT on the Beach at
High Street and Ocean Blvd...right around the corner from Cinnamon Rainbows. What are you waiting
for? Finally a spot for quick and tasty lunch...see you at the SECRET SPOT!
Photo courtesy of Jon Gozzo


(Above) Another shot of "Crop" and Lopez. Two Goofyfooters get together to discuss famous lefthanders.
Photo by Mark Driscoll from BRICKHOUSE

VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) CLICK ON Video (photo) Frame Grab of Phil Carey. This was shot in the Summer of 2005...from
The SFOD movie SUMMER 05. Will this Summer be as good as 05? Who the hell knows? Meanwhile,
check this little clip out from the Summer of 2005.
Video Frame grab by R. Fatello SFOD


(Above) Local surfer/photographer Kevin Doherty is a die hard local Celtic fan. He shot these from the Victory parade in Boston this past week...looks like Ray Allen with fist clenched.
Photo by Kevin Doherty

(Above) Celtic Pride! Oh yea, from the Victory parade in Boston this past week.
Photo by Kevin Doherty

(Above) MVP Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics!
Photo by Kevin Doherty

(Above) MVP Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics, Blowing smoke in your FACE LA from the late Red Auerbach!!!!
Photo by Kevin Doherty

(Above) Head Coach Doc did it Doc! And your father is smiling down from the heavens.
Photo by Kevin Doherty

(Above) NBA Champs...been waiting over 20 years to bring this home. New England...the best Sports
Teams in all of North America! Yea baby!!!!!
Photo by Kevin Doherty

(Above) The Boston Skyline...where the Champs Play ball.
Photo by John Carden

Today 2008 Parting Shot..."Coming down...I mean...Going Right! I mean
Momma Help Me!!!!"

Above) Encased in this North Shore lip on Oahu can't be a good feeling...but then again, maybe it is.
Looks like this guy had second thoughts about this drop.
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