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Memorial Day Weekend
May 28, 2006

There are times during the course of the year, when I feel it's necessary for me to write about other subjects outside of Surfing. This is of those times. Memorial Day. Although, I must admit that it's still Surf Related. How's that? Well, let me try and paint this with a clear brush for you all. If the hundreds of thousands of Americans, who gave their lives in all of our nation's wars had not happened. You and I, would not be surfing today. Let me repeat this. If those young men and women, had not sacrificed their very lives for our country,. WE WOULD NOT BE SURFING TODAY. I know most of you know this. But believe it or not, some don't. And I'm not talking about some High School Groms who care only about Surfing and hanging out and who know little, or nothing, about our country's history. I'm talking about some adults who should know better. Intelligent, responsible adults.

This is not a debate. This is one of those days where we all put aside our political and religious views. This is a day for remembering. Period. Remember.

So without further ado. Here's some reasons why we "Surfers" should honor those brave Americans who lost their lives for our freedom and our democracy.
1. Freedom to Surf. If we did nothing after December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001 and let ruthless dictators like Hitler, Hirahito and Osama have their way. There would be NO surfing. In case you didn't know, those guys frown on Surfing. In fact, in some parts of the world, you can be executed for just wearing shorts. So I guess,' Freedom to wear shorts ' should be on the list. But seriously, to cut to the bone, I I will list a mess of stuff that we all take for granted. Stuff that we would NOT have, with out the sacrifices of these brave souls. NO TV. (Well, NO Good TV). You'd be watching TV, but not the kinds of programs you're used to viewing. In other words, NO AMERICAN IDOL. NO MTV. NO Rock and Roll. NO Rap. NO Country & Western. NO Malls. (Chances are we'd all be dressed alike). NO MySpace.Com. NO Da Vinci Code. NO Brittany Spears (Well, that might not be so bad). NO McDonalds. NO Flatbread. NO JB's Bagels. NO Cinnamon Rainbows. NO Surf Shops period. NO Surf Movies. NO Ralph's Pic of The Week...

I think you all get the picture...

Bottom line. On this most somber and sacred day, we all should stop and pay our respects to those brave men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice for each and every one of us. Land of The Free and The Home of The Brave. My friends...Pause and remember.



The rain finally subsided and the Surf kept coming. So all in all, it was a pretty even trade off. Granted it wasn't Big Surf but any size fun surf this time of the year is a bonus. Plus I hear the water is cleaning up. You know, I did hear some "Good News" after the Floods. What's that? I heard that the Mosquito Larvae had suffered terrible losses. That's freaking Great! Are you kidding me? Wow. I don't know about you guys, but I have a hard time dealing with those pesky bugs.
I hate the Mosquito. Hate them almost as much as I hate the dreaded Greenhead. Summer in New England with Greenheads and Mosquitos. Dread.

So much for the Sox and Yankees series this week. Oh well. And Johnny Damon's lead off homer had to hurt. Dam. Talk about insult to injury. But a Big Congrats to Schilling for pitching his 200th game. Another milestone in Boston Sports history.

I mentioned Surf movies earlier in this column. Here's a tip for you all. I will be premiering SUMMER 05 this week. Because I can't give you a for certain date, I will say that it's going to be some night between today and Saturday. And it's going to be where the WINTER 05 movie was shown. This is kind of like the DA Vinci Code eh? Ask around.

Where did I show WINTER 05?

Both Dave and I will post the info on this website. So check in daily to the Wave Cam news column and here...sorry that's all I can tell you about the premiere. I can tell you that Summer 05 is chock full of fun Summer shizzle. There's NO big surf to speak of, but plenty of fun Summer Surf.

And shortly after the premiere, it will be available on DVD in the shops. It will be out before Summer officially begins.

Hey I saw the first Tropical Storm of the year in the Pacific has spawned itself into a spinning womb of waves. This week the Atlantic season kicks off. And by all reports, it's gonna be pretty good. And that my friends is good news to all of us who enjoy that sort of thing. Surfing the waves generated from Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.

Enjoy your Memorial Day holiday. And Please don't forget what I asked of you all. For If we don't remember, those souls will be lost forever.

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



Yesterday 1976- Joe Somogyi, Hampton Surfer, War Hero.
This photo of my old Best Friend Joe Somogyi reminds me of what a great guy Joe was. I mentioned last year that he named a lot of the breaks you all surf today. How he pioneered several of these hairy breaks we have around here. I mentioned that he saved the lives of some 40 South Vietnamese orphans in Vietnam by rushing into a burning building during a massive rocket and mortar attack. I mentioned that he saved hundreds of American lives while he was with his Special Forces team on missions deep in "Indian Country" by photographing huge enemy troop movements and calling in Air Strikes. How he laid there behind enemy lines undetected for days on end. He was one of the bravest men I have ever known. He was also one of the funniest and happiest. And he loved Surfing as much as anyone I know. He ate, slept and drank Surfing. Joe died as a result of the cancer he got from Agent Orange in 1969. I still miss him. But I'll never forget him
. I think of him every time I surf one of our favorite breaks. And I especially think of him on Memorial Day. Will you remember Joe? Photo courtesy of Jason Hammer (Another Surfer from Hampton who is serving our country as I write this).

( Above) Joe Surfing the break he personally named. I can still hear him Hooting! Video frame grab from old Super8 Movie by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2006 New Hampshire Seacoast Native, NAVY SEAL Dan Healy Killed in Action in Afghanistan. June 27, 2005
Dan Healy was married and had 4 children. He loved Surfing at the Wall and in Hawaii where his SEAL team was stationed. He was sent to Afghanistan in March of 2005. Last June, 4 members of his SEAL team were trapped by enemy fighters and were completely surrounded and outnumbered. Dan and 15 of his fellow SEALS embarked on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter and were airlifted into the mountains to rescue the trapped men on the ground. A Terrorist rocket shot down the Chopper over the mountainous terrain killing all on board. Several other SEALS with Dan on that chopper were Surfers. They all died. Out of the 4 SEALS on the ground, only one survived. Dan was from Exeter NH.
Another Surfer killed in the Global War on Terror. Photos courtesy of UPI and US NAVY.

Will you remember Dan the next time you're out surfing?

2003 New England Seacoast Native, 1st Lt. Brian McPhillips USMC Killed in Action in Iraq April 4, 2003
Brian is the cousin of Heather Day of Cinnamon Rainbows. They were very close.
He's been to the beaches here. He may have tried surfing. Will you remember Brian this Memorial Day?
Photo courtesy of the McPhillips family

Today 2006 Local Boy Corey Roy sends these shots of Hawaii
These are all photos of Maui. Local Surf Grom turned Junior mens ripper Corey Roy sent these photos in to show us all what he gets to surf all Winter. Now dam Corey, why ya gotta be so hurtful?
Photos courtesy of Corey Roy



Parting Shot ...Local Surfer Lt. Col. Tim Bailey in Afghanistan...
A little War Zone humor. Tim is slated to return home in early July. Please keep him in your prayers and when he does come home and you see Tim paddling for a wave...please let him have it. He's earned it. God Bless all of our troops this Memorial Day and every day. And never forget those who did not come home.
Photo courtesy of Tim Bailey
































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