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November 12, 2006

Thank you. Thank who? The Veterans of course. The swell we just had on November 9, 10 and 11th, will go down as the Veterans Day Swell of 2006.

Amazing waves if you got any.

Actually, the better of the 3 day swell for me was Friday, November 10th. The US Marine Corps Birthday. The Marines were 231 years old on Friday. I thought about some of my Marine friends I've known over the years. Some still here, some are long gone. I thought about the irony of the Marines hitting the beach at places like Iwo Jima during WWII, Inchon in Korea and DaNang in Vietnam. I thought about the Marines today in the sand of Iraq The irony of the Marines and their role on the beach and sand has not gotten by me.

Nor should it get by you.

The Waves we got on Friday, November 10 came courtesy of the US MARINES. My brothers and sisters in arms. I knew some Marines who surfed, who no longer can. I knew some Marines who watched their friends die on the beach. Think about that. Dying on the beach. Oh yea, it happened by the thousands. 1,000 Marines died on the beach at Iwo Jima the first day.

The Waves we got on all 3 days came courtesy of the US VETERANS. There's not a Veterans Day, that has come and gone, in the last 6 years, that I don't miss my own father. Same with my uncles. I miss them all. My Father-in-law is gone now too. That's why I keep hammering home to you guys the importance of calling your parents, grandparents and other relatives on this day. I'm thankful and lucky that I still have my Step-Father-in-law. He's a great guy and a proud Veteran.

Two regular contributing photographers to this page are Veterans. Ed O'Connell and John Carden.
Thank you both for your service.

I'd like to take this time, to say thank you to all of you who emailed me, called me, and stopped by to say Thanks. It means a lot to me. I also hope some of you took the time to call the Veteran in your family to thank them this weekend. I really do hope you did that. There's a lot of personal family history in each and every one of your lives, and you should take the time to research it. If you have any living Veterans in your family, you really should put a smile on their face.

And you don't have to wait until Veterans Day to do it.

So Thank you all again for your kind words and your unending support. I am very lucky to have such good friends who understand the meaning of days like November 11th. Thank you all again.

I won't forget.

The Pats vs the Jets. They lost. Yes...they lost. 17-14. They played like the weather today. Cold wet and drizzling. I mean it was BAD. Very bad. After losing last week to the COLTS you'd think they'd come back and smoke this team. Instead they shoot themselves in the foot again. Hell, they shot themselves in both feet.

The fans in Patriots Nation have become alarmed, and for good reason. Ladies and Gentlemen these are NOT your New England Patriots of recent years. I hate to say this but, Tom Brady did NOT look good. He's just not looking like the Tom Brady we all know.

What the hell is going on?

I apologize to all of you who could care less about the Patriots. I know this is a Surf Column. But it's a New England surf column and I've got to talk about our winning sports teams. If we have any. Right now, all we have is the Patriots. But they are looking very suspect, so I might be looking for something else to touch about. Any suggestions?

Speaking of Bad News. We've had another case of some PUNK ASS CRIMINALS stealing from some local Surfers. Look, I don't pretend to understand what it's like to be a Criminal, or a Junky, or some other misfit freaking head case but. I do know what it's like to be PISSED OFF and that's where we are at TODAY. I say WE because we are all affected by this petty ass shit. The latest crime happened Saturday Night at 8th Street (North Beach) in Hampton. Apparently, a young married (Surfer) couple were stopping in to pick up their young baby from the baby sitters, when these LOW-LIFE PUNK ASSES decided to break into their vehicle and steal a purse and money. Inside the purse was all kinds of personal information and credit cards and other legal documents. This is Bull Shit! The vehicle was a 4 door WHITE SEDAN with MASS PLATES.
Two white males were the culprits. If you spot this vehicle in the vicinity of North Beach call the POLICE or get a LICENSE PLATE Number

I remember how angry I was when my friend Joe Carter got all his gear ripped off in New York. I also remember thinking how that would NEVER happen up here. Guess what? That's not true any more. LOCK YOUR VEHICLE even if it's just a short stop to check the surf.

Going to See BORAT tonight. I'll let you know what I think next week. I need some comic relief after that game and the news about this latest crime.

Our prayers and thoughts are with John Bocko this week and JG. Be strong boys and keep your faith in the things that are important.

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



Yesterday 1968 Hampton's Paul Lindstrom
Paul Lindstrom sent this photo along with last week's Old Photo. Check out Paul's board, wetsuit, trunks and
that hairstyle. Man is that the 60's look or what? Paul's dad is a WWII Vet. I thanked him for his service last
week when I spoke to him on the phone.
Photo courtesy of Paul Lindstrom


Today 2006 THE USMC Birthday-VETERANS DAY SWELL of 2006
These photos were shot on November 10th and 11th. The 231st birthday of the Marines and Veterans Day.
Photos by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Perfect either way. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Same deal. Perfect either way you go. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) What a beautiful day Friday was. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) But beautiful days come with a price. This is where I was on Saturday November 11th, Veterans Day.
At The American Legion Post in Hampton where we added two more names to this sacred stone.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2006 More from November 10th & 11th in New England
These photos come courtesy of Chris Thompsen

(above) Still pretty in New England in November. Photo courtesy of Chris Thompsen

(above) Empty? Or are there people out? Photo courtesy of Chris Thompsen

(above) Another beautiful New England scene. Photo courtesy of Chris Thompsen

(above) Video Frame Grab - Empty November Peak. Photo courtesy of Chris Thompsen

(above) Video Frame Grab- Better late than never. Photo courtesy of Chris Thompsen

(above) Video Frame Grab- Nicely setting up. Photo courtesy of Chris Thompsen

(above) Video Frame Grab- Happy Veterans Day to you too! Photo courtesy of Chris Thompsen

(above) Video Frame Grab-November Leftty. Photo courtesy of Chris Thompsen

(above) Video Frame Grab- Yes I'd say he's barreled... Photo courtesy of Chris Thompsen

Today 2006 November 9th in New England
These photos come courtesy of JOHN CARDEN

(above) First session of a 3 day swell... Photo by John Carden

(above) Free Falling Casey Lockwood... Photo by John Carden

(above) Cool Hand Luke Bottom Turn Photo by John Carden

(above) Casey Lockwood Photo by John Carden

(above) Mackey V backhands his way into a long section Photo by John Carden

(above) Camera Crews jockeying for position... Photo by John Carden

Today 2006 Last Week on Oahu's North Shore
This is a photo of Evan Valerie. Shot on the North Shore by one of the most well known Surfers in our entire
Surfing History. Mr Bernie Baker.
Photo by Bernie Baker

Parting Shot -Kerry Apologizes, But Dunn Does NOT Accept.
My longtime friend, surfer/comedian Jim Dunn sent this photo to me last week. Jimmy's a funny guy.
But he did not find John Kerry's Joke very funny two weeks ago. Jimmy lost his dad last year, "The Bomber".
Oh yea, his dad was a KOREAN WAR Vet. Jimmy speaking up for his late father.
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