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