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know, the people were out in full force, walking the wall, stopping
to watch the surfers, cheering whenever someone would eat it. "Oh
Look Timmy that surfer just wiped out!" "I saw him daddy!
He got killed!" Followed by laughter and wild screams. "Here
comes a big wave. Let's see how many of them get wiped out!"
I looked out at my friends duck diving the big set, and then cringed,
when a beginner took off on a set wave, and bailed halfway down the
face. "Oooh wow, did you see that guy get killed Timmy?!!!"
I could only shake my head. There were dogs chasing Frisbees, there
were kids running amuck up on the Wall. There were elderly couples,
out for their first stroll of the season. And of course... There were
surfers, from every walk of life, pulling up at the Wall today.
I'm sure it was good everywhere today. All over New England.
No matter where you were today, you can take solace in the fact, that Winter is Officially over. Although, about an hour or two ago, I looked out my window, and like some cruel joke from the heavens, it was snowing! It was. And not just lightly, it was blowing hard, and snowing pretty good. Albeit, nothing stuck. But damn, if it didn't just give us, one more little shot. Like don't put away those shovels and snowblowers just yet.... Speaking of Winter, my buddy Gary Ritchie informed me today, that last winter we had 16 storms in 14 weeks. That's 16 snow storms that required Plowing in 14 weeks of winter. Are you kidding me? Well, I can't say I'm surprised. Hardly. Look, I halfway expected to be staring at snow banks well into June. And honestly, there's still snow out my window in my office. Mostly due to the fact, that the sun does not hit my back yard like it does our front yard. I full well expect to see snow somewhere in my yard in the month of April. Oh yes I do. But I'm cool with it.
I think today was such a major turning point for so many of us Northern New Englanders. It's like, we were stepping out of our caves and cabins, after a long winter Hibernation. And all across this sleepy, seacoast town, the sights and reminders, of what kind of winter we just experienced is everywhere. I see branches and trees, in almost every yard, just strewn across the brown lawns, and remaining snowbanks. I had almost forgotten the week of darkness back in December. The downed trees are still vivid reminders of that hell week. But 16 snow storms? Damn. Well, all I can say is, it's a good thing Al Gore has us all tuned into being prepared, for the inevitable Global warming issue. Because my friends, one of these Winters, it might not snow, more than a dozen times. And then what are you going to do? Global Warming. Give me a break. It might be happening somewhere, but it sure as hell is not happening here where we live. And if it does? Well, I might be able to handle a few less snow storms a year, as opposed to the amount we've been getting. What say you?
Being cooped up all Winter does not bode well with our patience level. The other morning, as I was driving down to check the surf, I got behind a vehicle that was acting erratic. At first I thought there might be a problem. And, I was preparing to offer assistance. But upon further inspection, I could see that the driver was distracted. It was a female. She was looking down at something instead of driving. I could see her poking at something. And she kept looking up every now and then to see where she was driving. By now, most of you can guess what she was doing. She was texting. I mean come on. Texting? While you are driving? Look, I am all for technology. Are you kidding, I'm all over it. Including cell phones, blackberries, etc etc. But this texting thing? I'm sorry. I don't get it. Or rather, I don't get it while you're driving. Especially when I'm trying to check the surf. Look, I've had, maybe two speeding tickets in my life. Both times, while I was driving to the ocean, to either go surfing, or to check the surf. I admit. I get impatient when I'm driving down to the ocean.
But texting while driving? When I'm behind you, trying to get to the beach?
That has problems written all over it. Nothing became of it. I mean really, what was I supposed to do? Freak out and take her texting/cellphone away? Make a citizen's arrest? Nah...I shook my head and drove off. Maybe I'm out of touch. Or maybe, it's because my thumbs are too big to be texting. Do they have spell check? Besides, isn't speaking to a person much easier, than texting? I don't know. Maybe I'm just too old school. Or maybe I don't want to get into a car accident
So when I got to the ocean that day, I was genuinely surprised to find just one person out. And it was a woman. Noreen. A friend's daughter, who I have seen round these parts for years. She's always out. Sometimes she wears a hat. You've seen her. Red hair, goofy foot. Well, Noreen was out at the Wall on Thursday all by herself. Now for the record. I have heard people say how "Over" our sport/lifestyle is. That it's too crowded and the soul is gone. Well, the surf on Thursday was about waist high. It was glassy with a slight offshore breeze. Granted it was overcast. But waist high glassy surf at the wall and NO ONE else was out? What is the Wall about 2.5 miles? I was impressed that Noreen had this little special moment in the ocean by herself and decided to hang around and shoot a few of her waves. I was happy I did. I posted some of the shots below. I hope Noreen likes them. *Note the NEW SURFER'S JOURNAL has I believe, the First Female on the cover in the New Issue. *Also note that the Surfer's Journal and ESM are our latest sponsors. Both are GREAT Surf publications. The Surfer's Journal is the Heart and Soul of our Global Surf Community and Eastern Surf Magazine is the Heart and Soul of the Entire East Coast. They both come on board to RPOTW the heart and soul of New England.
That little tidbit of a story, involving a lone surfer, scoring waves would be special enough, but a couple of days later, Saturday, I witnessed it again. This time is was a guy named Lenny. Now, Lenny is a longboarder, and he was out riding, with the sun coming up in a big Red Ball out of the East. I was there again, and I shot a few of his special solo scenes. And it was pretty neat (again) seeing one body, on a surfboard, in waist high surf again. This is 2009. And I just told you a story about two solo sessions. Those would be cool enough, if not for this other story, that sort of revolves around surfing. Snowboarding. I went snowboarding with Mackey V and his friend on Friday. And yes, there were times on the Mountain, when we were the only ones on the trail. We never waited in a lift line, and there was not a cloud in the sky, all day. What does this all mean? I don't know for sure. Because I know crowds do exist. I saw some today. But I just think, that every now and then, it is possible, to score some surf, or some snow, and have it to yourselves, or, to share with a few friends.
other words, it's NOT OVER. Life can still be fun, and memorable.
eyes were wide open on Saturday afternoon at KB's in Hampton,
as I witnessed again, the goodness in our local Surf Community. First
and foremost, a big shout out to Joe Titone owner of KB's
for hosting this latest Lil Miss Molly Fundraiser. I feel a sense
of both pride and compassion, when I witness these types of events.
I can only imagine what Buck and Meghan feel. The outpouring
of love and positive vibes towards this little sweetheart Molly Rowlee
is inspiring to say the least. Kieran was there dressed in his
Spiderman suit. And I think, I may have been webbed. Buck was
being his usual ball of energy, and the high flying, positive antics
were everywhere. It was great.
The weekend before, had the local crew shaving their heads in support of Lil Miss Molly. Salt and Skip being two of those who gave up the locks for Lil Miss Molly. It seems like everyone is sporting this new Marine Corps Look. And I for one, think it looks great.
Like I said last week, Miss Molly has a treatable and curable cancer. And, she will be cured by the power of prayer and positive thinking. Please don't stop praying, and do not stop with the constant positive thinking. It works. It has been proven many times over. Positive thinking works.
REMEMBER All the shops are STILL collecting cards, gifts, and other
provisions for the Rowlee family. PIONEERS , CINNAMON RAINBOWS,
BRICKHOUSE, ZAPSTIX and many more shops are drop off points of interest
for Miss Molly. Skip Brunette has opened a Little Miss Molly
account at the SEACOAST CREDIT
is the info for the ONLINE Auction.
for some of my weekly Global observances:
the AIG Bonus pay-off? Huh? You know, it's times like this when
all you can really do is shake your head. I mean it. Shake your head
and go surfing. Those people are so out of touch, with the rest of us,
it's just not funny. Not even close. Then Nancy and company decide to
Tax their bonus payoffs at an alarming 90%. Look I don't really
care how they get back our money. But is it just me, or do some of you
find it scary as well, that the Government can raise a tax that high
night a friend of our family passed away. Michael St. Gelais
of Hampton. He passed away from a Heart attack. He was way too
young to leave this world. He was married to Mary and was the
father to Jeff and Jake. Our extended family send our
condolences to the St Gelais family. Our thoughts and prayers
are with you all during this time of sadness and loss.
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(Above) Garrett Krapf The Wall on March 22, 2009
Today- 2009 This Week in New England. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. March 18-19-20, 2009.
All photos by RALPH
Today- 2009 Brian Nevins Snowboard Madness
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2009 New England Scenes
2009 Cape Cod
2009 West Coast Southern Cal Action
2009 NE Boys & Girls In Hawaii
2009 NE Boys & Girls In The Tropics
2009 PARTING SHOT- "Represent!"
Kalani lays it down with the "First EVER CR tat!"