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One Year Anniversary of my nephew's passing.
June 9th, 2015. Goodbye May and hello June.

I have a friend in California who once said to me, "Dude what is going on back there? It seems like every week you are blogging about someone passing away." I didn't know what to say except, these are people I know. Surfers who have passed away or relatives of surfers. And all of them I knew in some capacity.

Then he said this, "I don't know a single person who has passed away back here. In fact, I have never been to a funeral." I'm not sure if that is possible at our age. But maybe he's just lived a charmed life out there. I wish I could say the same. But I can't.

Because we all know someone who has passed. At least I think we all do. It's not that unusual. In another month we will be coming up on the one year anniversaries of Ed O'Connell and John JT Taylor's passing. And then Allan McGregor and Rick Savastsano. It's hard to believe that a whole year has gone by.

One of the things I told my sister Gale ( the mother of my nephew), is you have to go through an entire first year without your loved one. The first birthday, the first Mother's Day, the first Thanksgiving, the first Christmas. And finally, the first anniversary of his passing.

And that day is almost here. June 9th, 2015 will be one year.



One year without this gifted young man. Michael Colby.

His talents were beyond anything and anyone I know in the field of computer animation. He was also a talented musician, filmmaker, artist, and he was funnier than most of my humorous friends. There have been fund-raisers in his name for an art scholarship at Newburyport High School.



In fact, there was one yesterday. MICHAEL'S RIDE.
Above Brian (Gales husband and Michael's Step dad, and
Shannon Michael's step sister. They led the ride.

Below are Gale's sister -in law Cory, Shannon, Paula, and Gale.



Each year my sister Gale husband Brian, along with step daughter Shannon, and close family members and friends will put together fund-raisers to give out a scholarship to the art student who meets the special criteria that has been set.



I loved seeing the boy cousins together at my late parents home.
Jesse, Michael, and Max. Missing is Antonio Fatello, my brother David's son. These three however did lots of fun things together. From surfing to snowboarding.



That's Michael standing in the middle. We did a lot of Gunstock runs. The four of us had so much fun doing that. When I think of Michael, I think about how happy he always was. He loved being in the mix of our family gatherings. Loved the whole atmosphere of being part of something good and beautiful.

So how could he succumb to the darkness of addiction?

How does anyone become an addict? It happens every single day. Sometimes it is noticeable. Other times it is a closely guarded secret. One thing is for sure, when a powerful narcotic like heroin gets into your system, it is hard to shake it off. Why? The high they get from this drug is unlike anything they have ever felt before. It is by far, the most sought after high with those who have acquired a taste for it.

From pain pills to heroin. The transition is seamless.
And once it gets you, it is not going to let you go. And there is nothing that anyone can do to stop you from searching for that high.

There is only one person who can save you.

The addict himself must make that choice. He or she has to stand up and take a stand.

It will not be easy. It will not be without failures. But in the end, it could very well save your life, and save your family members the raw, emotional, grief that comes with having a loved one hooked on narcotics. I know for a fact, if Michael could look into a crystal ball and he could see what kind of incredible pain his death has caused his mother (my sister) he would of never stuck that needle in his arm.

But there are no crystal balls for addicts. There is only that high.

And unfortunately, that high supersedes all other emotions. The loss and devastation that is left in the wake of a sudden and tragic overdose is immeasurable. There are not enough words to describe the pain and anguish it causes. I know, that if Michael could see just a fraction of what my sister has gone through, he would of stopped.

Instead, he stuck that needle into his arm on June 9th, 2014 and never came back. He was not alone that night. His girlfriend who had a son just 7 years old, joined him on that final high together. The 7 year old was the one who found them both dead on the bed the next morning.

Nothing has been the same since.



This scumbag above is a Heroin dealer. Eric Harris age 33, from Hampton, NH. He's headed for prison. But only 1-3 years though.
He sold heroin to an addict and the man OD'd. The addict was a father of a young boy. The heroin was tainted and killed him.

1-3 years is nowhere near enough for this loser. One can only hope that he meets some of the locals where he is headed, and finds out what life behind bars is all about.



My three kids with Michael at my late mother's house.
His death has been especially hard on all the cousins. Poor Max has the same birthday as Michael. Each year we would celebrate their birthdays together. Now it's just Max, and it is difficult for my sister Gale. As it is for the rest of us. Just a never ending sea of sadness.

The photo below was taken in 2008 at my late parents house. We had just sold the house, and this was the last time we were all together in the home. I believe this was the last photo ever taken when we were all together.

If only we knew what was coming.

We may have been able to stop it. But we will never know now. And all we are left with are his songs, websites, and the many amazing animated works of art. (click on Mikey Cheese in this blog to see his amazing reel)



If you have someone in your life who is dealing with the darkness of addiction, don't give up on them. It is their own decision to stop, but they need to know, that you will be there when the smoke clears.
Don't give up. Don't give up.

"Surfing, Family, and Love Heals All Wounds"


 






"Ed's Corner" pic this week is a shot from April 4th, 2013. The surfer is Tim O'Shea, one of Ed's favorites to shoot. This was during the ESA-NNE contest at the Wall. Not sure if Tim won his heat or not, I only know that this is a cool shot. Contest or no contest this is one Tim should have.

To see more of Ed's pics just hit the archives tab and scroll through the years and see some Ed's work. Be sure to pick up
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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 Of My Weekly Global Observances
Congrats to the Triple Crown Winner American Pharaoh
and jockey Victor Espinoza.



First Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

I have to admit up until the other day, I had no idea who the Duggars were. None. Zero. And I must say, I am happy that I was unaware of them. This story caught my eye when it first came across the cable news stations. The man below has admitted that he sexually assaulted 4 of his sisters. But his daddy said that God has forgiven him and so we must all forgive him as well. Josh Duggar is one of the 19 children that his parents have spawned.


How does this guy live with himself? He makes some ridiculous statements about gays and within days of his absurd statements his sinister past is on every news station in the world.


The lovely Duggar family. Good lord what is going on here?



There are comments being made that Jessica Lange was the model face that "Caitlin Jenner" was going for in her new look. Hmmm, they do look remarkably similar.



As always, my weekly humiliation of KSM. None of you should be surprised at this. Once KSM caught wind of all the publicity that Caitlin was getting, he had to get in on the action. Please welcome "Caillee Sheik Mohammed." Or CSM.
*They need to work on the chest hair.


Please enjoy the weekly humiliation of the mastermind terrorist who killed 3,000 innocent civilians on September 11th, 2001.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM), the mastermind behind 9-11 the captured Al Qeada ICON is getting his weekly slap in the face. You're welcome KSM fans.

* Note to self: Must pick up a case of sanitary napkins at Home Depot.


Happy Birthday to all you June Birthdays!
*Facebook no longer gives me the weekly birthday updates.
They only send me daily ones. Sorry.

Please keep my sister Evamarie in your thoughts and prayers
and continue to send positive thoughts to our dear friend Meghan Evans and family, same with surf photographer Andrew Rebeiro and my dear friend Greg Brooks. 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. And lastly, please pray for Dave O'Connor. A good man, a great mentor to so many kids, and a wonderful school principal.

Please add them all to your prayer list. Thank you.



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(Above) There were smooth faces even with the slight onshores.
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(Above) Kody Grondin in a gut wrenching cutback.
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(Above) Mikey Evans twisting on the nose to a song only he hears.
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(Above) Is it me or does his board look like it's bending in the middle?
MVF sequence. Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
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(Above) Mikey Evans smooth sailing on the inside track.
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(Above) This may be the strangest photo I have ever taken of surfing.
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Today- Saturday MICHAEL'S RIDE June 6th, 2015.
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(Above) Biker clubs of the Marine Corps led this ride through the North Shore..
Saturday, June 6th, 2015.
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(Above) Craig and crew were taking some aerial shots of the Ride.
Saturday, June 6th, 2015.
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(Above) A wild flower amongst all the Harleys and Triumphs.
Saturday, June 6th, 2015.
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(Above) Brian and Shannon led the Ride.
Saturday, June 6th, 2015.
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(Above) The no wetsuit look is appealing to all of us here this winter.
May
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(Above) This is Corey pulling up under this beautiful lip.
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(Above) Corey Beale cutting back to the pocket.
May
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(Above) This is a serious looking wave.
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May, 2015.
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(Above) Hello. Cloudbreak going off.

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NEW ENGLAND 1986


This is another clip from the mid 80's. Shot entirely in New Hampshire. The clips features: Kevin "Doc" Grondin, Mike "Zap" Paugh, Duffy"the Squirrel" McCarthy, Steve "Mags" Magliano, Greg Smith, Allen Bigbee and me. Ralph "Vince" Fatello. The footage of me was shot by Michael Baytoff. The rest I shot myself.

The surprising thing about this clip is, how good some of our surfing was. I mean, for this time period? We were all surfing pretty good. Not amazing but good enough to document and look back on as a special time.

*Note how I appear to be the only surfer NOT wearing Circus Clown Wetsuit Colors. It was my intention even back then, to wear black. I guess my Rock and Roll background had a pretty strong hold on me.

The music is by Jimi and KX. The former is one of my all time favorite tunes. "May This Be Love" (waterfall). It is a beautiful song that just bleeds surfing. The last song "Life Going By" is by my favorite band of all time (Next to the Beatles and Hendrix). King's X. I love this band. They are the best Rock Trio to ever hit the stage. Can't say enough good things about them.

And like Jimi their music just flows with surfing.

NEW ENGLAND 1985

 
Another batch of footage from my old super 8mm movie collection. The year was 1985. It was late winter/early spring. This was all shot at one break in Northern New England. The surfers are Mike "Zappy" Paugh, Kevin "Doc" Grondin, Jay Gould, Duffy McCarthy, Cliff Pappas, and Kenny Sakurai. There are a couple of unknowns as well. The music was from my man Jimi...the song "Angel" ...it all flows with the music.




Another clip of old super 8 mm movie footage I shot with my old GAF movie camera in the mid-80's. This clip features the surfing of Michael baytoff, Steve Magliano, Duffy McCarthy, Kevin Grondin, Allen Bigbee, John Taylor and Dave Cropper. The highlights are seeing Duffy drop in on three of these guys as if it were no big deal. Also Dave "Crop" Cropper get's a few nice tubes. While Kevin Grondin does what he always

 

 

 

 

 












 

 


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