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October 15, 2006

One of the definitions, of the word "consistent", in the dictionary is "Holding Firmly Together". Seriously. Holding Firmly together. I thought that was pretty cool. And, I might add, pretty close to what we New Englanders have been experiencing since Hurricane Florence. I mean think about it. This last FRIDAY the 13th Swell and last week's Columbus Day just another series of weekly swells we've all been getting. It's been clean and green, and almost empty. The tourists have left. The kids are back in school. And those of us, who have the jobs and lifestyles that can dictate, when we do the bulk of our work, have the ocean to ourselves. That sounds greedy on the surface I know. And, I certainly don't mean to belittle the tourists. Because, I guess we're all tourists somewhere on this planet. And, I certainly don't mean to rub it in to the kids in school. Well, that's not entirely true. I do mean to rub it into them. After all, we all went to school. We all had to suffer, sitting in classrooms, knowing the surf was going off. It's all part of growing up.

Besides, that education is important. And don't think for a minute that it's not. Don't be a fool and droput of school because of this. Surfing. Get an education. Spend your parent's hard earned money. Get your degree. Then drop out. Drop right out of society.

I'm kidding. Sort of. I do like the wide open line-ups during the week, and it warms my heart to know that all you groms and college kids are getting smarter than me and my friends. As it should be. The next generation of New England Surfers should be smarter than those who came before you. But like've got to earn it. In fact, you should earn everything in life. Nothing should be easy and free. Besides, you'll feel better knowing that you worked hard for something in your life. Satisfaction of hard earned goals, is hard to beat.

Just like the skill of your surfing.

You didn't just wake up one morning throwing buckets and launching airs. You had to learn them and earn em. And you did it, by your perseverance and dedication. Same with an education and vocation. Earn it.

So much for Friday The 13th being unlucky. I'd say if you caught that swell, you were pretty lucky. Same with Columbus Day. The water is still relatively warm too.
But we all know that's gonna change. And it won't be easy. But like everything else, we adapt. And we make the most of it. Some Surfers in this world have NO idea how we do it. The Winter Surfing and all. They can't fathom it. I guess that's a good thing. But it's no big secret. It's called 6mil wetsuits and 7mil gloves and boots. means cold water rushes in your face, the likes of which, are almost beyond normal explanation. In short, we're all freaking nuts.

But that's why we live and surf here. We are a unique tribe. New England Surfers. And the less we argue and fight among ourselves, the better it is for everyone. I think we can all agree with that.

Speaking of getting along. What the hell is wrong with Kim Jong Ill in North Korea? Man that dude needs a shot of something good in his life. Did any of you see the footage of the Nuke Plant in North Korea last week? I mean did you see beyond the plant? What am I talking about? I'm talking about those PERFECT 3-5' Glassy waves pouring off the beach in front of the Nuke plants! I know I'm not dreaming. I saw it several times. Perfect glassy waves in NORTH KOREA! Hell look at a map! There's Surf there! North Korea has surf!

Now, I don't know about you guys, but if I was a surfer in Japan, I'd be checking out that Nuke Break. The good news is, the entire United Nations Voted to condemn the Nuclear testing. The Bad News is...North Korea basically told the civilized world to kiss their ass. Hopefully, Bobby Lee from MAD TV is working on a bit for next week's MAD TV Show showing that nutcase Kim Jong Ill for what he really is. A tiny little madman, with a wack job haircut who's denying the Surfing world with access to potential perfect surf. We need to do something people.

We Need To Surf in North Korea!

If you were ever around the Seacoast of New Hampshire during the last 53 years you were familiar with KENNEDY'S Restaurant. An icon on the corner of High Street and Ocean Blvd. KENNEDY's was the place to stop and get a quick burger, or dog, after a fun surf session with your buddies. Or, it was the spot to grab a tasty breakfast and a hot cup of coffee, before or after, an early morning session. The man behind that establishment was Bill Kennedy. Bill was a Veteran of both WWII and KOREA. He was quite a character. And once you met him, you never forgot him. He was a classic individual, and KENNEDY'S Restaurant was another sign of yesteryear slipping through the hands of time.

Bill Kennedy passed away on Columbus Day Monday. October 9th, 2006.

There are many surfers in New England who remember Bill. Some young, and some old. Bill was always nice to me. I did quite a few cartoon drawings for him over the years. A lot of the older surfers are going to miss him. Guys like: Jason and Curt Hammer, Bob McNeil, The Evans, Frank Swift, JT, Norm Murphy, The Keefe Brothers, Kevin & Kim Grondin, Jay Gould, The Ritchies, Dave Cropper and his extended family to just name a few.

Anyone whoever walked into that place, in a dripping wetsuit, and ordered a quick breakfast and or lunch. Anyone whoever ate dinner there, and then filled up on some ice cream. We will all miss you Bill.

Thank you Bill for serving our country in two Wars. And Thank you Bill for serving us Surfers when we were tired and hungry. You were one of a kind.

Rest in Peace.

I want to take this time to thank everyone who emailed me about my mother. I saw her today, and she's resting as best as she can
. I had her laughing a number of times. It was a good visit. She wanted to hear the story of Max in Hatteras again, losing both his Jersey and his Trunks when he went over the Falls on a 10' wave. And how he Surfed so hard after, and was rewarded with NO score, because he didn't have a Jersey on. She liked to hear how I, along with NNE Director Lenny Nichols, argued on his behalf, with the Judges to get them to acknowledge their mistake. They finally did. Albeit too late.

My mother was always one for a swift and definitive justice being served. She smiled knowing we changed the rules for future young contestants.

I won't bore you with more Mother stories, I'll keep you all posted as time goes on. But, thank you all again for your prayers and thoughtful emails. I won't forget your kindness.

So the Patriots have a BYE this week. The SOX are vacationing in the tropics. The Bruins are...nevermind.
New England Sports...whew!

Hey I keep forgetting to talk about this. It's about a TV commercial for SPRINT. And it has to be one of the funniest dam TV spots I've ever seen. Maybe you've seen it? These two guys dressed in Wild West Cowboy outfits. One guy, with no hat, and the other with a black hat and coat. They are faced off about to draw their guns on each other. The guy without the hat draws his gun in lightening speed and then slaps the other guy across the face before he can do anything. The look on the dude being slapped is hilarious. The camera cuts to some of the other patrons who are all tight lipped and drawn into this strange scene. They repeat this scenario about six times, with each one being more absurd and funnier than the previous. I know this has nothing to do with surfing, but it makes me laugh everytime I see it. I guess I just love the look on the two guy's faces, as the one guy just slaps this one dude silly. It's all Slapstick. Like the Stooges.
I guess it's a guy thing.
Unless you women like it too.

Last week I posted this petition about the Sea Wall
at North Beach in Hampton.
Check it out.

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



Yesterday 1970 The Art Of The Leashless Kick-Out.
This series of photos came in from my Maine Man Ed O'Connell. Ed described these photos as the art of the
Kick-Out. And it truly was an art in those days. The days before we were all tethered to our umbilical chords.
Back in these days you had better known how to control your craft, otherwise you'd be swimming. Alot.
Thanks for the memories Ed.
Photos by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Surfer Crow in October of 1970. Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Surfer Crow Kick-Out in 1970. Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Bobby Beaulieu's Beautiful Kick-Out 1970 style. Photo by Ed O'Connell

Today 2006 FRIDAY The 13th Good Luck Swell
All of these photos were taken on that UNLUCKY Day. Friday the 13th! Ha! Who's unlucky?
Photos by John Carden

(Above) Empty Friday The 13th...bad luck? Photo by John Carden

(Above) Casey Lockwood feeling lucky on Friday The 13th. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Casey Lockwood feeling REALLY lucky on Friday The 13th. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Casey Lockwood Lucky Left on Friday The 13th. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Devlin Hart pushing his luck on Friday The 13th and scoring! Photo by John Carden

(Above) Luke Furtney another Lucky SOB on Friday The 13th. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Garrett Krapf's Friday The 13th gouge. Photo by John Carden

Today 2006 Mo FRIDAY The 13th Good Luck Swell
These photos were also taken on Friday the 13th!
Photos by Andrew Frost

(Above) Unknown Goofy Flying on Friday the 13th! Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Another Unknown Goofy bottom turns a Friday 13th left! Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) That's one funky looking why do they call it a A-Frame again?Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Ready set go! Friday the 13th! Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Unknown Goofy slotted (sort of) on Friday the 13th! Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Unknown Fly-Away-Spin Out 2006 Style! Photo by Andrew Frost

Today 2006 Somewhere in South Africa...ONLY 7 guys out!
Jason Alix writes...

Hey Ralph, I finally managed to get a pic for you. Ive been super busy this semester in Durban, but have managed
to fit in a morning session whenever I have any free time. We have actually been having a really good spring in S.A.
Its been overhead at least twice a week and its been lining up like this fairly often. This is a shot of New Pier,
minus the usual crowd. There were probably only seven guys out on this day and it was not uncommon to get
barreled three times in a wave (although I cant say that I did). Photo by Jason Alix

Parting Shot -1970 Fly-Away-Kick-Out!
Bobby Beaulieu's Fly-Away-Kick-Out 1970 style no doubt resulted in one long swim.
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