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October 19th, 2008

What a difference a week makes. I mean think about it. The weather, the local sports teams, and the water temps. All changing like the color of the leaves. Today Sunday October 19th, 2008 is significant. Why? Well, we are on the cusp of something very big happening here in New England. The Red Sox can once again come back from near extinction, and move on to the World Series for the third time since 2004. Whoa. That's big. That's huge.

That's New England Sports.

Tomorrow morning when we all wake up, we will either be jumping for joy, or calling in sick. It's crazy I know, the way we let sports affect our day to day lives. We will either be looking forward to the Patriots playing the Broncos on Monday Night Football, or we could care less.

One way or another, we will feel something. The highs of victory, or the lows of defeat. No one likes losing. I used to tell the kids when I was coaching, "You show me someone who does not mind losing, and I will show you a loser."

Nobody likes to lose.

And thank God, I am not the same person I was a year ago, when the Patriots were on their quest for greatness. I am so-o-o-o over that. No longer will I wear certain clothes during a game, or sit in a special chair, and make my kids wear "game shirts". Nope. I'm over it. Hell, I'd even miss surfing, just to watch every game. I had a problem.

No longer. I'm cured. If there's surf, I'm going surfing. If there's something else going on in my life, with either my family or friends, and there's a game on, I'm choosing my family and friends. I will not get sucked into that web of insanity again. Unless of course, they go 19 and 0.

But seriously folks. Tonight's Sox game? I'm watching it. Even though, I'm not a hard core baseball fan who's watched every game. I am a fan of New England Sports. And, I guess it's safe to say, that "I'm a fair weather fan
." But there's nothing wrong with that.

I jumped on the Celtics bandwagon last year. And if I remember correctly, there were quite a few familiar faces on board. I'd jump on the Bruins wagon too, if they could only get some wheels. And I am admittedly, a bigger fan of the NFL in general, but let's face it. Our New England Patriots are not the same as last year's team. With or without Brady. They are not the same.

Which leads me to believe that, if we fans have suffered from last year's Super Bowl loss, it must of really crippled the team and coaches, more than we'll ever know. Even though, their ability to play a whole 60 minutes worth of football, has been suspect as of late. The Chargers game? Please. And playing Denver tomorrow night? Even home at Kraft Kingdom...well, don't hold your breath.

Like I said...if there's anything else I could be doing that might be more fun...I'm doing it. No, I'm not becoming a disgruntled fan. Hardly. In fact, if anything, I should be thanking them for giving me my life back in the Autumn months. Remember? My favorite time of year. October.

And tonight? Well it just might be, one of the most memorable October nights, we have ever experienced as fans of the Boston Red Sox. If not for anything else, this game tonight, will restore our hope and faith, in our local Teams. Please Lord, help us defeat the Devil Rays. Yes Lord, they used to call themselves The "Devil Rays".

Today is Sunday Lord. The Devil does not like this day. Help us defeat him. Help us Lord, Defeat The D-Rays. Help us restore, the Hope and Good, that only a winning team can provide. one likes losing. But if someone has to lose...please Lord, let it be them Devil Rays.

Thank you Lord.*Oh and one more thing, if you're not too busy, can you help the Patriots beat the Broncos too? I have a friend from Denver who's a big pain in the ass (I mean butt) and ...well, Lord, I'd like to be able to rub it in his face tomorrow night.

All in good fun Lord. Amen.













There was a surf contest today in Maine. The 2nd ESA-NNE contest of the 2008 season. Lenny and company, have decided to run the contests into the Fall, and to use the Sunday option as well. My observations of the day, were both good and bad. The good was, there was surf. The bad, was the water temps have dropped significantly. 4/3's and 3/2's minimum was the call.

It got cold. Real cold.

Honestly? It felt more like late November than mid October. Or, maybe it was because, we've had such a mild October that things seemed colder. But the water temps? It was cold. If you didn't have boots or gloves, you were in trouble. Deep, cold trouble.

And like most contests I've witnessed over the years, everyone had fun. And, there was some pretty dam good surfing to see as well. Some of the Junior Men, have really stepped it up a few notches, and their surfing reflects it. These kids are more like adults than kids. It's funny to witness some of these kids, grow right up before our very eyes. I mean, can I feel any older, when some grom who was shoulder high on me last year, suddenly is looking down at me? What happened?

And their surfing? It's very impressive. Your Northern New England Junior Mens, Boys, and Menehunes are coming of age. And not to be outshone, the Girls and women are right behind them. If there are any surf parents out there, wondering what it might be like, to have your children compete in a local surf contest, you really should really check it out. You can take the contest thing as far as you want. Stay local, or travel to the Northeast Regionals and hope to move on through to the ESA Championships in Hatteras.

It's all up to you.

There have been some rather successful surfers to come out of the ESA. But we don't have to go any further than Mr 9 World Titles himself. Kelly Slater.

Nuff said? I think so. Suffice it to say, that Kelly got his start in the ESA. I guess he's not slowing down. Is the next Kelly Slater, a young grom from Northern New England? Probably not. But you never know. Just like we don't know if the next Tom Brady is coming out of these woods. Or the next Stevie Ray Vaughan.

We just don't know.

But let me end this topic, with this simple fact. The families involved with the ESA, are good people, who have fun with their kids, at the beach, surfing. And the level of surfing gets more difficult each year, when the Groms advance from one division to the next. And competition breeds competition. In other words, your child's surfing will improve, simply by being around others their age, who they are competing with. They hang out together and actually judge together.

I know, some of my older friends are scoffing at me right. Why? Well I guess, it's because I personally have never entered a contest in my life. That's right. I'm going to my grave, with the perfect contest record. Having never entered one, my record is...'s Perfect. However, I support the ESA and the local contest scene, because of what I've seen it do for the younger groms. I know it's not for everyone. But the kids dig it. And that's why, I approve this message.

GO SOX! GO PATS! Go Home Manny!

And don't forget to check out Chris Shipley's 2009 Calendars in all the shops

* Happy Birthday to youngest sister Evamarie today. Hope you have a great day...and I hope the SOX win tonight on your birthday.

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















Yesterday-July 1972- My Old Dodge Tradesman 100 Surf Van.
(Below) If this vehicle could speak...ahhh on second thought, it's best that it could not. Me and my friends spent
many a day in this bad boy. With my 8-track tape player blasting Robin Trower we surfed every spot in New
England in the 70's. I mean that stereo was blasting "Bridge Of Sighs" as we pulled up and piled out. A classic
surf vehicle in it's day. I also hauled my band gear around in this beast as well. This photo was taken at my old home. My dad shot this with an old Polaroid camera. I was on a lunch break from my job and stopped by. I'm
wearing jungle boots. The Van is long gone. But I still have the boots and the 8 track tapes.
..."Been a long time crossing...Bridge of Sighs...
*Note on the Video clip of the week I use a Robin Trower song.
Photo by Gus A. Fatello SFOD

2008 Today-Sunday October 19, 2008. ESA Surf Contest. York Maine.

(Above) Sunday 10-19-08. The Judges stand ready to cast their scores for the First Heet.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Sunday 10-19-08. Perry Reynolds and MVF take the long walk on Long Sands Beach.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Sunday 10-19-08. Conditions were a tad on the rough side. But clearly contestable.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Sunday 10-19-08. The walk back is not any easier. Mackey and Perry, Long Sands Beach.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Sunday 10-19-08. This Gull will Judge No One today. Wait...see below for the Gull who placed
first today.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) This Gull came in First today. Actually this bird was hovering at head level in front of all of
the Judges. He would of scored high if there was a bird flying division.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Today...Sunday 10-19-08. Long Sands Beach.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Today...Sunday 10-19-08. There was a whole parade of Old Classic Cars. Long Sands Beach.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Longboarding was taxing to say the least. 10-19-08. Long Sands Beach.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Later in the Day the wind started to drop and the Masters had their way with the rising swell.
Lenny Nichols heads out Long Sands Beach.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Tim O'Shea caught some nice waves out there today. Married for 21 years with two daughters Tim
still loves to surf. Tim's brother is a Marine who's serving our country in the GWOT. So a big Thanks to Tim's
brother Marine MGySgt O'Shea. Semper Fi.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Jared and Ryan. Before their first Go out. They both freaked at how cold the water was.
Sunday 10-19-08. Long Sands Beach.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

2008 Today-New England Scenes October 2008.

(Above) Secret Spot. Some wild flowers. I picked a few of these on this day last week, and placed them
on my Mother's Grave.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) I stumbled across this cabin in the woods near the Canadian Border last week. So peaceful out
there. A short time after I snapped this photo I jumped a large Bull Moose. I chased after him with my
video camera but couldn't get any good footage. And I lost my favorite pair of gloves to boot.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Maine, last week. Like I said, New England has it all.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Mike Cropper was in Maine last week as well.
Photo by Mike Cropper

(Above) That's quite the drop Mike. Damn...The Great State of Maine.*That's the same cabin below.
Photo by Mike Cropper

Meanwhile down South...Hurricane Kyle September, 2008

(Above) The surf in Hatteras was a bit unruly.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) But every now and then...someone would get lucky and snag one. Hatteras NC.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Hatteras Reflections.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Wait for a lull and then GO! Hatteras.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Hatteras imagery.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Natural Art. Cape Hatteras NC.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Hurricane Kyle in Cape Hatteras.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Ghosts in the Sand. Cape Hatteras.
Photo by Lenny Nichols



VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) CLICK ON Video (photo) Super 8mm Movie Frame Grab of the 10th Street Crew in 1975 at the WALL From the SFOD movie The WALL released in 2001. *That's Lt.Col Jay Hammer on the right with the less than stellar salute. He's currently in town and I hope to surf with him Monday or Tuesday.
Video Frame grab by R. Fatello SFOD

2008 Today-New England and Beyond October 2008.

(Above) My nephew Jesse C (Standing in the middle) has surrounded himself super talented musicians.
Jesse who goes by the name of QWILL celebrated his CD release party on Friday 10-17-08 in Salem MA. His music has been featured in several of my videos over the years. And, I am not saying this because he's my nephew I'm saying this because it's true. Go check out his website on you will
really dig his music.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Jesse QWILL Go check out his website on
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) QWILL Super soulful pop.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Jesse QWILL playing my dad's old Stand-Up Bass.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) QWILL is available on
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) QWILL is available on
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) QWILL is available on
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Somewhere in El Salvador.
Photo courtesy of Erik Cannon

(Above) Some cow somewhere in El Salvador.
Photo courtesy of Erik Cannon

(Above) Erik stalling for some cover. Somewhere in El Salvador.
Photo courtesy of Erik Cannon

(Above) Erik laying it down...Somewhere in El Salvador.
Photo courtesy of Erik Cannon

(Above) Another somewhere in El Salvador.
Photo courtesy of Erik Cannon

(Above) Cutting back...EC somewhere in El Salvador.
Photo courtesy of Erik Cannon

(Above) Aqua man Geoff Haenn's "behind the fins" look. Somewhere in the tropics.
Photo courtesy of Geoff Haenn

(Above) Geoff Haenn's aerial shot of a place he refuses to disclose. I know one ain't Philly, or Jersey.
Photo courtesy of Geoff Haenn

(Above) Geoff Haenn's "Bells Beach bottom turn". Aussie time for Jersey boy.
Photo courtesy of Geoff Haenn

(Above) Bernie Baker gets up close and personal with any size craft. Hawaiian LB lip banging.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Girl Grom having fun Hawaiian style.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Boys and girls...having fun in Hawaii.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Gallery of moms, pops, uncles, aunties, cousins and oh yea photogs.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Boy Groms give em one cool hang loose shaka.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Girl Groms .
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Checkin the heet sheets.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Banner says it all.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Nice turn, nice board.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Bernie has to be directly in front of this guy. No worries. He gets the shot and slips under.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Nice nose slide by.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) This photo show us all why Bernie Baker is still one of the MASTERS of surf photography.
Photo by Bernie Baker

Today 2008 PARTING SHOT- It's a Grom's World

(Above) Kai knows better. Big Hatteras is no joke. Someday he may look the other way at
this sign. But for now...he's cool.
Photo by Lenny Nichols.














































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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