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November 26, 2006

So, would you all agree with me, when I say, that this has been one hell of a November to Remember? I mean whoa! It's been week, after week, of good surf. And the weather has been ridiculous. Is this September or November? I mean what is going on? This last week's Thanksgiving Day Swell was another great little swell in a series of well groomed New England style surf. I guess we really do have a lot to be Thankful for.

I'll tell you who you can all thank for this last batch of waves. Max and I. Remember a few weeks back, when I mentioned that we were getting waves, because certain individuals were leaving the area due to work and family commitments, thus virtually guaranteeing us Surf, in their absence. Well, Max and I were in Virginia this last week visiting relatives during our annual Thanksgiving road trip. And just like last year, there were waves on and around Thanksgiving. And we were a solid 4 hours from the coast. Oh yea. Oh, you thought I meant Virginia Beach? No no my friends, I meant way out west, in the Blue Ridge Mountains kind of Virginia. In other words, 4-5 hours from the coast.

And we knew there was surf. We could see it clearly developing off the coast on the local Weather station. We could tell it was heading home to New England. It was painful to watch from afar. Actually the only time we could see anything was on the local news. Grammy does not have a High Speed Internet connection in the mountains of Virginia. It's all dial up. And for those of you who don't remember dial up...well, it's painfully slow. Hell, I couldn't even look at my own column.

It was taking days to download.

It was painful to say the least. Please don't get me wrong. We were with family, it was Thanksgiving, and that was more important. But just knowing there was surf back home was taking it's toll on me and the boy. It's called the sacrificial lamb kind of pain. I knew when I made those jabs at my buddies back a few weeks ago, that it would come back and bite me in the butt.

Well it sure as hell did.

The knowledge that all my close friends were out surfing while we were totally landlocked made us crazy. The thought that people who "are very hurtful" , were out surfing made us even crazier.

Like I said last week, "there's always going to be another swell." But you may not get to spend another Thanksgiving with your Grandparents. I wrote that so I understand it. Just do me a favor. If you run into Max please go easy on him. Try not to tell him how good it "Really" was.

I'm glad you all got some surf on the most Universal Holiday in our country. Thanksgiving.

The Pats played the Packers last week and smoked them. 35-0. Huh? And today they beat the BEARS 17-13 in one of the most craziest games I've ever had the painful pleasure to watch. A total of 9 turnovers between both teams! 5 for the Pats and 4 for the Bears. And yet, somehow, they still won. Don't ask me how. All I know is this team, and these games make me freaking crazy. Why do I get swept up in this stuff? I'm not a betting man. I never gamble. So...

....I guess I'm just a sucker for New England sports.

What the hell got into KRAMER last week? Michael Richards who played the character "Kramer" on the Seinfield show got his ass into some serious trouble.
I mean, he "May never work in this town (Hollywood) again." He should join forces with OJ Simpson and go on tour. They could bill it as the NUTCASE TOUR 2006-2007.

Speaking of OJ, Fox Network canceled his wacked 2 part interview, Gee, I wonder why?

I want to take a moment and comment on the three individuals who helped that young man out of the water last Sunday at North Beach (Wall). I'm speaking on behalf of the ENTIRE Surf community when I say "Well done Gentlemen". Saving the life of a fellow human being is a commendable act of selflessness and courage. The fact that he was a fellow surfer, speaks volumes to all of us and there is a life lesson in there.

Actually, there are several. First and foremost, never surf alone. Secondly, be aware when you're out in the water. Keep a wide open eye for anyone who might be struggling. Thirdly, Know some basic CPR. The fast acting surfers who saved that drowning surfer last week, did so by their firsthand knowledge of CPR and how to apply it.

If you don't know CPR, take the time to enroll in a class and learn it. You'll be better person for it, as well as helping out the local surf scene wherever you surf.

Our thoughts and prayers again, are still with John Bocko this week and also with JG. Keep the faith boys. Also, I want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT To Mike Moran (one of our TOP DOG Long Boarders) who is recovering from an injury earlier this week. Mike we all hope you're feeling better, and that you'll be back in the water in no time.

My New Movie NORTH BY NORTHEAST coming out on of Dec 7th. NO INTERVIEWS. NO COMEDY SKITS. Just a full Throttle Hard Core Surf flick shot from October (Hurricane Wilma) 2005 Thru Last Week's November 10, 2006 V-Day Swell. With some killer stills from John Carden

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



Yesterday 1986 Mark Sarcusa at his Home break
Mark is one of those New England Surf transplants who has somehow tapped into my column.
Like a lot of you ex-New Englander's, this is how Mark stays in touch. Reading my BS and
checking the photos
Photo courtesy of Mark Sarcusa


Today 2006 Northeast Thanksgiving SURF PHOTOS
These photos were all shot this week in the late November Thanksgiving Day Swell 2006.

(Above) Lenny Nichols on a nice one. Photo by Ed O'Connell

***Note from Ed O'Connell
Ralph: For reasons I’ll never comprehend, our fellow Americans feel obligated to head out in crowds
to shop at retail establishments the day after Thanksgiving. Crowds of surfers went shopping for waves instead in tax fee NH. Ed

(Above) Look before you leap. Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Unknown Goofy footer. Photo by Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Big Marky J applying the brakes. Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) UFO backsider wheeling his way around the holiday. Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Goofy UFO slamming a super glide Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Great positioning. Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) UFO backside. Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Perfect set. Lonely surfer. Somewhere in the Northeast. Photo by Jay H

(Above) On second thought,; This guy is digging life.The Northeast. Photo by Jay H

(Above) Perfection and No rejection. Just greeness up ahead Photo by Jay H


(Above) Kevin Rafferty at the Wall on Saturday. Photo by Tara Lenharth

(Above) Kevin Rafferty bottom turn. Photo by Tara Lenharth

(Above) UFO turn. Photo by Tara Lenharth

(Above) UFO bottom turn on Thanksgiving Morning in Sunny Warm Florida. Photo courtesy of Phil. Beauchesne

Parting Shot -We've all done this...emptying the boot.
Every now and then I get an email from someone I've never met telling me how much they enjoy this weekly
column.This week I got an email from a friend who thought this photo would work well with this column.
I agree and posted it.
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