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November 23rd, 2008

I need to apologize to all of you who took the time to weigh in during this past week, to help me pick a name for my new surf movie. If you recall, I listed several names and thought, why not have you, the readers, take part in the creative process. It all looked good on paper (the monitor). Lots of you voted, and I was happy to see, that most of you were thinking along the same
lines as I was.

But then, something unexpected happened.

l thought of a better title. And not just a better title, but a title I've had stored away in my cluttered memory banks for a few years, and just never wrote it down. I feel terrible that I had you participate, and then went ahead and did the complete opposite. But, I think after you see the title I chose, you will all agree. That this new title is the ticket. It's a better name for the new movie.

So what's the name?

Glad you asked kids. It's called "GREETING SEASONS" Yes it's a play on words, and if I might be so bold to add, it is what we call in the business, good timing. Being the Holiday season and all. But if you think about it for just a minute or two. New England has four distinct seasons. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. And we welcome each season with open arms and open barrels. And it is the perfect follow up to North By Northeast my last movie. I had to go this route. "GREETING SEASONS"

And honestly, I was amazed at how good some of the surf has been in the last two years. From January of 2007 thru November of 2008 we've had some decent waves. And really good conditions. guys were surfing really good. The perfect combination all around. Throw in a couple of visiting hot surfers like Tom Curren, Corey Lopez, Shaun Tomson and Frankie Walsh...well this flick is filled with hot talent and great waves. In hindsight, I'm glad that I waited until now to release it.
I would of missed all the excitement.

So when can you get it? Another good question. Sunday December 7th a Day That Will Live in Surfology. It will be in the shops on this day. Did I pick this date for a reason? Hell yes I did. And if you don't know the history of this particular date, I can't help you. But if you have parents, or grandparents, or great grand parents who were around in December of 1941 you know.

The rest of you need to brush up on your history.

So this is Thanksgiving week. A time to give thanks. Clearly, we all have something to be thankful for. Really. If you still have your health, and you still have a close family, and are surrounded by friends, and you still have a job and are getting by OK. Then you should be thankful. But if you are one of the unhappy few. I hope that your pain and suffering ends soon, and that you find your way back. I mean that.

I Hope that you get through the Holidays.

I mean what I say when I write that "Surfing heals all wounds." It may not get you rich. It may not bring back a loved one. It may not make you healthy. But it can, help ease the pain. Each wave and each ride can (if you let it) cleanse your soul. Let that wave wash over you, and help with the healing.

If you have a problem with alcohol or drugs. Let surfing be your new crutch. Let the high of surfing be that new buzz you seek. It's easy to drown your sorrows, and numb your pain during the holidays with alcohol and drugs. That's easy to do. The hard way is putting all that aside and facing the situation with a clear mind.

No one said it was going to be easy.

The acceptance of something bigger in your life is another. Some find solace in God and religion. Whatever works. I just know, that as surfers, we have already discovered the healing lotion, with the motion of the ocean.

Did I just mean to rhyme those words?

I don't know. I just wrote it down and it seemed to flow...wait, there I go again. Look, if you are depressed you should seek professional help. Or the very least, talk to friends and loved
ones. But one thing's for sure, you need to get back in the water. I'm not a Doctor. I'm no preacher. I'm just someone who's beat back several demons, along this long journey we're all on, by taking advantage of the ocean. For me, and I'm sure it's true
with a lot of you, the surf and the ocean, has always helped
me get through hard times.

There's something magical about surfing. And we all share that magic. Even when we're yelling at each other. In between the drop-ins and crowded conditions, we all still manage to tap into that magic. And really, how wonderful and beautiful is that?

Lucky for all of us, there might be waves over the Thanksgiving Holiday. How do I know that? Well, I don't know for sure. But I do know this. We're (my family) going to be 11 hours from the coast. That's almost a guarantee there's going to be surf.

I guess you can thank Max and I by giving us a wave, the next time we're out somewhere. We are the sacrificial lambs. And you know what? I'm good with that. If you were to all score great waves while Max and I are away...well, I say, that's great. That's the spirit of Thanksgiving. Be Happy with what we have.
Be good to each other. Share a wave-Get a wave.

Happy Thanksgiving.



For those of us who keep tabs on what's happening in the BIGGER surf world. I can't help but marvel at Kelly Slater's latest accomplishment. 9 World Titles. That's insane. That's like Tiger Woods stuff. 9 World titles? The guy's unbelievable. I mean how old is he? Is he 40? Older? Does it make a difference? The guy can surf circles around everyone. I know I gave him major props when he won his 8th title, but this is freaking nuts! And if he has 9 he has to...he has know where I'm going here kids.

He has to go for 10!

He must. And he should. And he should have to earn it, like he did the first 9.

I know I've said this before, but it really needs repeating. Kelly Slater started his competitive career in the ESA. Yes the same ESA that competes at the wall each summer and fall and up at Long Sands in York. The same ESA that has hosted the NE Regionals here in Hampton and on the Jersey shore and Long Island. The same ESA that competes each year on Cape Hatteras. Kelly Slater is from Florida.

The 9 time world champion is from Florida.

I remember Kevin Grondin telling me about this kid from Florida who was turning heads in Hatteras back in the 80's. I remember Kevin's eyes during this conversation. Like he had seen something very special in it's infant stages. And he had. Anyone who saw the young Kelly Slater come up through the ranks of Cape Hatteras during those times were witnessing history. Surf history. Like seeing a young Tiger Woods.
Same thing.

So is the next Kelly Slater here in Northern New England? Probably not. But Lenny Nichols and his NNE ESA district are the same ESA that produced Kelly. I'm saying this for all of you who might not think that favorable of the ESA. Because there can no denying, that Kelly Slater is the cats meow.

Say what you want about contests, but you can't say anything bad about what Kelly Slater has accomplished. For surfing in general, but more specifically, the East Coast. That's all of us.. about them dam Patriots? Whoa that was one hell of a game today against the Dolphins. If you missed it, you missed a good one. Back and forth all day long. It was a good NFL game to watch, even if you had nothing invested in either team. It was a fun Sunday afternoon of NFL.

And the more I watch Matt Cassell throwing the football the more I like this kid. And the man can also run with a football. Something Tommy boy could not do very well.Cassell is on fire. But then again,so are the JETS. They beat the undefeated TITANS today.

The DOLPHINS can rest easy again.

Their undefeated season record is still intact for another season. And honestly, I say Thank God to that. That whole undefeated BS from last year is still a sore spot with a lot of fans. Myself included. I never got over it. But I must say, I like this team. They are just good enough to keep things exciting.

The underdogs. I love it.

Our best shot at the play-offs are a Wild Card slot. But that suits me just fine. I like the team enough not to get crazy when they mess up, but still into them when they do something good. I wonder how Tom Brady is handling all of this? Some of those catches that Randy Moss made today were nuts. Max and I were hooting and jumping around like fans. It was good to be back. Back on the Patriots bus.

Have you guys seen or heard about them wacky Somalia Pirates? I mean are you kidding me? These dudes are boarding ships and taking hostages and getting ransom money every other week. What the hell? How is this possible in this day and age. Modern day Pirates. Scoundrels all of them. Low life hoodlums. They should all be tarred and feathered. Or made to walk the plank. Where's Peter Pan when you need him? No not Pan from Rhode Island...the cartoon dude. You know the guy dressed in green and hangs around with Tinkerbell...nevermind.

Don't forget that "GREETING SEASONS" comes out on December 7th. And "Groovemasters" the first ever Longboard ONLY movie from Surf Free Or Die comes out on Sunday December 21st. The first day of Winter.

If you're traveling have a safe trip. If you're staying home, I hope you get waves. If you're deployed in the Military overseas, be safe and enjoy the camaraderie with your fellow Veterans. We are all Thankful for your service. The column next week will be a day late, I hope that does not mess up your Monday morning ritual. I'll be back late Sunday nite and will post the column late Monday. Anybody got a problem with that? I'm kidding.

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. God Bless.

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





Yesterday-Thanksgiving Day Photos from 1986
(Below) I remember this day like it was yesterday. It was Thanksgiving morning. I was going to my
parents house for the first time in a very long time. I had a falling out with some members of my family and
this Thanksgiving Day, was going to be the day, that we put our differences aside. There were waves that morning. And I thought I'd shoot instead of surf. I ended up making prints of some of these photos, and gave them as Christmas gifts for certain members of my family that year. My late mother had this one hanging in
her living room right up until last October. I hope you like them. Happy Thanksgiving.
Photos by R.G. Fatello SFOD

(Above) The Wall Thanksgiving morning 1986. This hangs in my living room today.
Photo by R. G. Fatello SFOD

(Above) I never caught a single wave that day. The Wall Thanksgiving morning 1986.
Photo by R. G. Fatello SFOD

(Above) This photo was a gift for my Mother-in-law Judith and her husband John. We love them both so much.
It still hangs in their home today.
Photo by R. G. Fatello SFOD

(Above) One of my personal favorites from that day. The Wall Thanksgiving morning 1986.
Photo by R. G. Fatello SFOD

2008 Today-Last Sunday November 16th, 2008

(Above) Twenty two years later. The waves remain the same. November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Lonely peak. Nice view. November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Twenty two years later. The waves never change. Better view. November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) CLICK ON POSTER of GREETING SEASONS from the NEW SFOD Movie to see Trailer.
Poster Design By ADLANTIC

(Above) Kevin "Doc" Grondin at the Wall Late Sunday afternoon November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Kevin "Doc" Grondin can ride both short and long boards with style and grace. Late Sunday
afternoon November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Kevin "Doc" Grondin styling at the Wall Late Sunday afternoon November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Kevin has always had a liking for colorful boards. Late Sunday afternoon November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Not the Wall. Late Sunday afternoon November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Who Da Girl? Not the Wall. Late Sunday afternoon November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Same spot. Who DA Guy? Late Sunday afternoon November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Another unknown getting his 15 minutes of fame on RPOTW. November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Again...another unknown. November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Meanwhile back at Cement land. November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Nathan (Blue) I know it's not his last name. November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Nathan (Blue). November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) The wind was howling out there. Nathan. November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Nathan (Blue) wheeling. November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Nathan. November 16th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

2008 Today-Monday November 17th, 2008

(Above) Ben and Midget checking the action.
Photo courtesy of Ben Blakely

(Above) The surf reports were calling for waist high high on Monday, November 17th.
Photo by Chris Thompson

(Above) H-m-m-m-m did you get any of this? Monday, November 17th.
Photo by Chris Thompson

(Above) Sometimes it pays to go with the gut feeling. Videographer Chris Thompson's gut paid off for
Jon Gozzo as he snaps a turn for just he and Tobey and Stanek. Three guys out. Monday, November 17th.
Photo by Chris Thompson

(Above) *Check it out. That's Brian in the water almost getting a foot in the head...just another day at the
office for Brian Nevins.
Photo courtesy of Brian Nevins

VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello


(Above) CLICK ON Video (photo) Frame Grab of GREETING SEASONS from the NEW SFOD Movie trailer.
Video Frame grab by R. Fatello SFOD

2008 Today-More from Last Week in Florida November -2008

(Above) This looks like it was taken from the Space Station..
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Should I? Andy ponders for only a moment.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Andy Swooping in for an Alligator landing.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Charles follows suit.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) This looks awfully dam close Brian. Charles swoop.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Eli in the plane...
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) ...exit time.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Shit this looks so heavy...Red Bull sized balls.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Space walk...
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) John swooping...
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Take a close look here. That's Brian. What the...? Nevins have you lost your freaking mind?
Adam you seeing this shit? You better have a talk with this boy.
Photo by Brian Nevins

2008 Today-Surf Scenes from The West Coast, Panama and Hawaii

(Above) Kyle Howard moved to California a few years ago. He's happy with the move. Brother Corey is
always with him and captures most of the days he's riding. Here's a selection from the last few weeks.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Don't tell me you made this Kyle. Well? I'm expecting an email from one of you.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle on a Longboard.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle Howard little punk slap.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle Howard looking so MUCH like his Uncle Robin here, it's almost scary.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle Howard little head dip during a Retro board contest.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle Howard -Retro board contest.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle looking like a wave back home.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle Cutback on a wave that looks like home. (On a bad day).
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Sloppy Joes for Kyle.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Nice looking turn for young Kyle Howard Who's boat is that?
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Backdoor man. Kyle Howard.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) KH getting Vert.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) KH Kut back.
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) K-9 Kelly Slater. 9x WORLD CHAMP.

Photo courtesy of the Internet

(Above) License plate in California.
Photo by Matt Evans

(Above) Silverbacks . My good friend and longtime NH surfer and pioneer Stan Chew sent me this pic.
It's a spot called Silverbacks. It's within his new "soon to be" Surf Camp in Panama. Yea, it's gonna be
tailored for all Northern New England Surfers. So step right up and get in line. Stan's coming home next
month to play a gig with his old band The Maldens. Oh yea, Stan's also a great guitar player.
Photo courtesy of the Internet

(Above) Dumps...don't know why they call it Dumps. But I do know a beautiful wave when I see one.
Or smell one. Another Stan Chew teaser...
Photo courtesy of the Internet

(Above) Julia Nichols Sunset at Log Cabins.
Photo by Julia Nichols

(Above) Julia Nichols Sunset number 2 at Log that Dougie with the board?
Photo by Julia Nichols
Happy Thanksgiving Julia ...we miss you!


Today 2008 PARTING SHOT- "Surf Van" For Sale

(Above) I know where this vehicle sits. And if it could the shooting Pit on the seacoast.

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