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I'M BACK! *The Opinions expressed on this page are my own. Not Cinnamon Rainbows or the owners. They are mine alone.
October 1, 2006

Somewhere out near Bermuda is the next potential wave maker. His name is Issac. This would make the 4th consecutive tropical storm that could give us waves. Why our sudden change of luck? Hell, I know the answer to that and it's really quite simple. And once you hear it, you'll agree. We're getting all these waves, because certain friends of ours, have had to leave, and or be away from the surf, the last few weeks. Lord knows I've had a few friends who suddenly had to vacate the coast. Like my ole buddy Jeff Crawford. Poor Jeffy had to head to the Catskills. Clearly, the writing was on the wall with that one. The Catskills? Dude, we were all guaranteed waves with that move. But make no mistake about it. We all appreciate your sacrifice. And there was our friend Chris Valhouli. Chris busted his lung while skateboarding. This was right before Hurricane Florence hit. BAM! Another guarantee we'd have waves. Thank you Chris. We again, ALL appreciate what you've done in the name of New England surfing.

Perhaps you know someone, who's suffered an 'out of surfing injury', or, had to head inland, for any length of time. If you do, we should acknowledge them and their sacrifice. These are the unsung heroes of our Lifestyle.

So from the bottoms of all of our hearts, we THANK THOSE who had to suffer so the rest of us could surf.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a handful of Surfers from Way Up North. In a place that has NO surf. These traveling surfers come WAY down here, to catch a few waves. I mentioned that, there were some problems with some of them. Not ALL of them. Just some of them. While 90% of you have written and agreed with me, there was that 10% who still don't get it. So for the last time...please PAY ATTENTION.

Don't travel to foreign countries and or other states, and give the locals a hard time. I mean, do NOT tell a Local Surfer (no matter what his skill-or age) to F-Off. That's just bad behavior and it will only make matters worse. Truth be told, if you did this in a place like Hawaii, you would get your silly little butt kicked, and you would NEVER-EVER be able to surf there again. Period.

You must bite your tongue and smile. No matter what you and your friends do at home, you can't do it here. Or anywhere for that matter. This area that we all live and surf in (New England) is getting more and more crowded. And there does not seem to be any signs of the sport/lifestyle getting any less popular. In fact, if anything, it's getting bigger. And bigger means more potential hassles in the water. I've spoken with several people over the last few weeks about this, and to my surprise, there's been a underground movement of sorts, to take back the beach and the respect that has gotten lost in the shuffle.

With more and more photographers dotting the line-ups, and more and more soulless editors willing to publish articles and photos, naming spots, it's gotten some folks to the breaking point. Look, I understand the nature of the beast here. I'm a photographer/film maker who writes a weekly surf column. I'm living the double edge sword lifestyle here. I'm as guilty as anyone out there. I live with the guilt every week. But, at least, I try and keep things vague. I NEVER purposely try and name spots. There's no need to. But there are others, who have little or no roots in this thing we all love so dearly,who just don't get it. Some with little or no surfing experience have tried to make a living out of exposing surf breaks, including New England. All I'm saying is...Be discreet. Be cool. Take your photos and let the imagination of the viewer work in your favor.

Think about what you're doing when you snap that next photo and send it off to the media. Just tell them, it's New England and leave it at that. Thanks.


I may have mentioned in years past that this is my favorite time of year. I mean it truly is. I love October. I love the colors, the smells, the crispness in the air. It's that period between the end of Summer and the upcoming winter. And the Fall Swells to me have always been the best. I love the well groomed offshore lines pouring onto our Coastlines. I love the brilliant Fall colors. My friends, we are all so very lucky to have what we have here in New England. And if you're one of those transplants who are now living somewhere else, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Because I can only imagine how much you miss it here. Autumn in New England. It just does not get any better.

So I hope you all experience a healthy and surf filled Fall and may the water stay just warm enough to milk that that 3/2 suit, with light boots and gloves, until the cold, dark gray, November skies fall upon us. Because, after November, all bets are off. It's 5mil and 6 mil time, and it's hard-core only.

Heard from our long lost buddy Stan Chew last week. He's now living in the UK and will be there for another year and a half and then he's off to Panama. He's found himself a nice little break that looks a lot like NE. Leave it to Stan to find a perfect wave all by his lonesome. I expect to be hearing from Stan as the the next year winds down and the reality of his Surf Dream Camp in Panama becomes a reality. I know I can't wait to sample some Panamanian waves with just a handful of us out.

It's not that I don't enjoy surfing in crowds...wait, did I just write that? I don't enjoy surfing in crowds. I can tolerate them, but I don't enjoy it.

I made a bet with my brother Johnny last night about today's game between the Pats and Bengals. He thinks the Pats are going to win. I think not. I think the stark cold reality of having lost, Ty Law, David Givens, Willie McGinest, Adam Vinatiari and Deion Branch has finally sunk in. And if it hasn't yet with you, it will after today's game. I hope I'm wrong. Oh and the bet between my brother and I? An old fashion "NOOGIE" on the head.

Seriously. That's his idea. A Noogie. Whatever. I plan on giving him one he won't soon forget.***I JUST CAME BACK INTO MY OFFICE. It's 9:40PM. The PATS DID WIN. I WAS WRONG. DEAD WRONG. I admit it.I'm prepared to accept the dam Noogie...dam!

And speaking of Sports losers...what the hell was all that crap about last week with T-O? I mean hello? Who really gives a rats ass about that? Do any of you you really think that Terrell Owens would purposely try and kill himself? Are you kidding me? That guy has the BIGGEST EGO of anyone in the whole NFL. TO Killing himself? I don't think so. The only ones who should be killing themselves in the NFL is the Patriots front office.

Lord knows, a few Pats Fans are thinking about it.

Hey guess what I saw on Friday late in the day? I saw a perfect little 3' well groomed swell with NO ONE ON IT! I swear to you all. It was small, but clean and very ridable. And yet no one was on it? How could that be? Well, I don't know. Not with all the technology we all have at our fingertips. It made no sense.

Speaking of high tech gadgets. I feel so guilty. I have one of those GPS Navigational systems in my new JEEP Commander. And well, I can't seem to get lost anymore. I drove that thing to Hatteras and back and never had to second guess anything I did. I mean am I overracting here or what? Do any of you have a one in your vehicle?
One thing's for sure, I won't have another vehicle without one. They're awesome.

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


P.S. Thank you all for keeping my Mother in your thoughts and prayers.


Yesterday 1986 Vince Shazam Back Doors a Summer NH Session.
The water had to be warm to wearing this get up. Twenty years ago during a late summer/early Fall swell.

Yes he made this section. I know, cuz I am he as you are he and we are all together. Photo by Joe Gedritis

Today 2006 A Few More Hatteras HELENE Scenes
Why not. There were so many Northern and Southern New Englanders down there it felt like home.

(Above) Unidentified regular foot with a peak to himself. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Jesse Gould says bye to Mackey V out the back. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Dom Keenan from Florida air drops into another nice Hatteras Right. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Sand dune sunset. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Kai Nichols and family after surfing his Menehune heat in BIG Hatteras Surf.. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Sunset over the cottages. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Ronaldo Lima in Hatteras. Hey Ronaldo, next time buy the prints so we don't have to post the
photos with this guy's logo strip across the images
. Photos by Wright Coast Surf

Today 2006 Scenes from the UK
Yes, these waves are in England. No NOT New England. But Old England. Our buddy Stan Chew sent them
over from across the Big Pond.

(Above) Unknown United Kingdom Left Point Photos courtesy of Wanna Surf.

Today 2006 A Few More from The Phantom and his Ghost Crew
They putt around in their little boats. They look at every nook and cranny until they see something.
And then...? They hit it. And hit it hard.
Sea for yourself. (Hal Jepsen)

(Above) Can you say glassy and perfect? And can you say Sharky? Photo by The Phantom

(Above) Check the guys in the lower right on the wave. Photo by The Phantom

(Above) Check the guy in the face and the guy at the bottom. Ouch.. Photo by The Phantom

(Above) Check the bottom turn and feel the speed. Photo by The Phantom

Parting Shot -Who you Calling a Non Local? You guys live here?
The REAL locals having it to themselves Photo by The Phantom





















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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