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of you who have never seen my Longboard, it is adorned with Military
insignias. Or more specifically, The United States Marine Corps
insignias. My unit and division as well as the Eagle Globe and Anchor
of the USMC emblem. And a few other items. Ribbons, badges etc.
Of course, I've since met and became friends with plenty more Veteran Surfers. It is a sign of the times I suppose. Although, my guess is during the Vietnam War there were probably a lot more surfers who ended up serving our country. The draft made that possible. And the fact that surfing in the 60's was pretty dam popular. The War in Vietnam lasted more than 10 years.
Woods and I were part of that huge Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Paddle last September 2007 in San Diego. Some of you might remember
seeing those photos from that event. It was to this day one of the highlights
of my life.
OK so why am I talking Vets who surf?
Well, Tuesday November 11th, is Veterans Day. And unlike when I was in the service, it is OK to say Thank You to a Vet for serving our country. That's right. When we were in the service during the Vietnam War, you never wore your uniform in public. Hell no. That would get you nothing but grief. It's true. We were only welcomed by our families and close friends. The rest of the public did not want to see you, or hear from you.
Thank God that's all changed today.
Even those who protest this current War will open their arms and welcome home any Veteran. And I have to believe, it's all due in part to what we (Nam Vets) went through. And I don't believe we will ever have to witness that embarrassing display of shame ever again in our country towards our country's vets.
And I say Thank God to that.
The reason I'm telling you all this is because, it's a pretty good chance, that you all have a veteran in your life. And I know, this is NOT surf related, but, if you were to call that vet on Tuesday and say "Thank you for serving our country" I bet, you will not only feel pretty good about yourself. But ,also make that Vet's Day.
Do it...call the Vet in your life and say..."Thank you."
Now back to the issue at hand. Surfing. I did something this week that I have not done in quite some time. I passed on a surf session (Friday) because... it was overcast...I know, I know...what the hell was I thinking about? I can't believe it myself. I chose to NOT surf, due to the fact, that it was drizzling out and the sun was not going to make an appearance. What does that mean? Well, we've had so much surf in such good conditions that I had become spoiled and jaded.
bothers me to have to write this.
course, you know what this means. I will suffer greatly because of my
errant ways. I may not have a good session, the next time I paddle out.
I may get into a hassle with some nut case, or lose my board into some
rocks, or any number of silly things, that can go wrong in surfing.
And all because I refused to paddle out in overcast conditions.
My biggest fear now?
You already know. It could go flat. For quite a spell. And I have only myself to blame. But then again, if it goes flat for me...it goes flat for you guys too. Oh oh...just when I thought I had already upset a few of you from last week's column...I may have jinxed you with this latest. Sorry kids.
But have no fear, I think there's more surf coming. I thought I saw a freaking Hurricane in the Caribbean. Did I see that or was I dreaming? Regardless, we are on a roll with surf. And I swear the level of all of our surfing has gone up a notch or two. Say what you will about keeping in shape for surfing. But the truth is, nothing makes you a better surfer, than surfing more waves. The more you surf the better you become.
Clearly we can all agree with that.
If we could have head high or better surf every week, we'd all be getting better. And we'd also be dealing with more crowds. I guess we really can't win when it comes to this lifestyle.
Speaking of winning. There was a fun little ESA contest today at the Wall. It was cool to see the kids out surfing in November in decent surf. And make no mistake about it. Contests that have ridable surf is way better than contests that do not. Thank God the ESA's Northern New England Director Lenny Nichols understands that simple concept.
If you "build it" they will come. As in, wait for building surf.
So who won the election? I didn't hear anything. Did McCain win or Obama? I guess I'll find out soon enough...
I need to to address some of the shit that went down in my last column.
Mostly because, I still find it hard to believe, that some of you can't,
for the life of me, seem to understand that this weekly column are my
views only, and NOT the views of anyone else. Or more specifically,
Dave Cropper and Cinnamon Rainbows.
And, I do want to thank the few of those who didn't agree with me, who sent those less than desirable emails. I respect those points of view. Mostly because, you had the courage to correspond with me directly. We may not agree on every issue, but at least we had a dialogue going.
And I respect you for that.
The same cannot be said of those who went crying to Dave at Cinnamon Rainbows. Especially those of you who I considered to be "friends". What are we in grade school? There's names for people like you. But I won't use them here, for fear of getting detention and having to have to stay after school.
It just seems funny to me, that some of you, who went whining to Dave said that my column about Barack's association with those individuals I wrote about, was hurting Dave and his business, due to his association with me. Huh?
Am I missing something here?
Obama's association with Resnko, Ayers, Wright and a host of others was OK, but Dave's association with me was not? I'm sorry, but I think there's something here called a "double standard" at play. And for the record? I stand by almost everything I wrote last week. Because it was my opinion. It's something we Americans used to call, Freedom of Speech.
I don't know how many times I have to tell you guys this. This blog
is my opinion. Are you getting this? Hello?
Dave and I are friends. We've been friends for a very longtime. I have nothing but love and respect for him, and his family, and all of those who work and shop at Cinnamon Rainbows. But dammit people. It's just a link to my site that he provides. That's it. It's not Dave's words. It's me. Ralph.
I am Ralph...if you only want to see surf photos just look at the pics. But if you want to be somewhat entertained read my blog. But don't take my words so seriously. It's just a weekly blog from just another guy in the water. That's it.
One last thing, and then I'm moving on from this subject.
I Voted for John McCain . But I will support President Elect Barack Hussein Obama 100%. (By the way...I couldn't believe how many of you didn't know that Barack's middle name was Hussein. Come on people. Wake up and read the papers. There's more to life than those dam wave cams.) And for those who don't know me well enough. I ate, slept and fought in the same dirt with my best friends in Nam who were African Americans and Puerto Ricans.
Where was I?
Oh yea...I will NOT turn my back on our president. President Obama will have my complete backing. Because like McCain, it is Country First with me. I love this country. I fought for this country and I will (Unlike a lot of you BUSH haters) support our President. No matter what.
will support President Elect Barack H. Obama 100%.
November 10th on WMUR NH TV there's a piece on JIMMY DUNN.
Please tune in to see one of our own on TV. I guess there's even some
footage of Jimmy surfing. Check it out or go to Jimmy's site for more
November 11th HAPPY VETERANS DAY TO ALL LIVING VETERANS ALL OVER THE
GLOBE. Thank you all for your service to our country.
Veterans 1943 and 1969
Jared Velstos carve. ESA contest-The Wall-Sunday November 9th, 2008.
Jared Velstos. ESA contest-The Wall-Sunday November 9th, 2008.
James McGraghan . ESA contest-The Wall-Sunday November 9th, 2008.
Casey Lockwood surfed with a semi concussion after his board tried to
knock him out.
Orange and green turn at the ESA contest-The Wall-Sunday November 9th,
2008 Today-This Last Week in New Hampshire November 6-7-2008
Today-MORE Surf Scenes from Transient New England Surfers who
Lake Erie October 26, 2008 from Benjamin R. Nigro who used to live here
in Dover NH.
Today 2008 PARTING SHOT-President Elect Obamasurfing