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But surprisingly, it was civil. At least it was where I was. Don't get me wrong, there were quite a few infractions out there. And I'm sure, there were more than a few unpleasant words exchanged. But by and large, it was manageable. And that in itself, speaks volumes for all of us. I mean, it seems to me, on the surface, that most of you "get it", and by getting it, I do mean "Get it".
sharing and the common sense of surfing.
That's when it happened.
guy with blinders on, paddles for this wave, and the rider plowed into
him and his board. Thankfully no one was hurt. But dam, that was so uncalled
for. The dude's excuse? "I didn't see you man!" Huh! Didn't
see him? We all saw him. He was riding the wave. "You didn't look."
I chimed in. "You have to look." Now maybe I should of kept
my mouth shut, after all, I was having a great session myself. But I couldn't.
I never could, and I guess I'm not about to start now.
know, like a sheriff. I'm looking out for all of you. I might even get
myself a shiny badge and stick it on my wetsuit. And you can all call
me "Sheriff Ralph". I'll carry my water proof Taser, and keep
the peace out in the water. I'll paddle by and say stuff like "Howdy.
How's the waves today? Are ya having fun?" You know, very friendly.
Very...what's the word? Oh yea...Approachable.
Today was also an eye opening, awakening for me. I do believe, I have found my new Magic Short Board. Now we've all had Magic boards. I've had four so far in my life. Two short boards and two long boards. Boards that fit you and your style of surfing. Today I made the Magic Board discovery.
And here's the killer part. It was bought right off the rack.
This was not some custom board that was shaped just for me. Hardly. This board was hidden in the racks with a bunch of other boards. This Magic Board is a MERRICK and it's a Flyer model. I did some custom painting on the bottom and stuck some personal stickers on it...but the shape was all done without my input. I do owe this Magic board discovery to my old friend Kevin Grondin.
In fact, I owe the first short board "Magic Board" to Kevin as well. Back in 1984 I bought a board off the rack from Stevie O'Hara at the Board Shop. It was a board that Kevin picked out for me. A Blue Hawaii 6'4" thruster square tail. It was about 20" wide. That board was by far the BEST shortboard I've ever owned. Until this new one. I bought the new one from Dave Cropper at Cinnamon Rainbows.
I'll admit, I was a bit reluctant at first. After all, the last 20 plus shortboards I've owned, have all been custom boards. And, they have all been, just mediocre. This board was special from the very first wave. And that first wave, was this morning. And I swear to you all, that I got barreled on my first ride on that new board.
That needs repeating. I got barreled on my First Ride on my new board. Would you consider that to be magic? You better believe it is. Are you kidding me?
That's magical with a capital M.
We've all tried to surf like some surf legend, or surf hero at some point in our lives. Whether it's Kelly Slater, Corey Lopez, Shaun Tomson, or Phil Edwards. We've all done it. Or it might even be some hot local surfer. But make no mistake about it. We've all been influenced by someone.
Today, I tried to surf like Shaun Tomson. Although I'm sure I was probably closer to Shaun's grandmother than I was Shaun himself. But still, I was having fun being someone else. Hell, I even threw some big ass cutbacks that had me looking back to see if that was really me.
It was (I swear) the Magic Board. I was possessed by this craft. I could do no wrong. And the ultimate compliment came from my son Max. He said "Dad you were surfing good today. I saw some of your waves." I was trying to be cool, and all and tried to act like I didn't hear him, and didn't really care. But I did.
Cause I was surfing like Shaun today.
some serious concern in Patriots Nation today. Tom Brady
is hurt. The Patriots QB was injured in a late 1st qtr tackle,
and by all of those in the know...it does NOT look good. I know I've jokingly
said that I could care less about this team this year, after last year's
devastating loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl, but I do not
want to see anyone get hurt. Especially Brady. Much to everyone
else's surprise Matt Cassell did get the job done by beating the
Chiefs today. But the Chiefs are not very good. If Tom
Brady is really out for the season...last year's 18-1 is as
good as you will ever see in Patriots Nation.
On Thursday September 11, 2008 at 6PM on 69 High Street in Hampton. The Local American Legion POST 35 is having their third annual GWOT Dedication. What that means is, all the Veterans from the State of New Hampshire who were killed in the GWOT since last September 11, 2007 will have their names added to the monument outside the Post building.
This year we are adding three names.
This is a somber observance and is usually well attended by the whole community. The surfing community and the general populace. See Poster .
COMES TO THE NH SEACOAST
An Evening of Aloha with the Makaha Sons and Friends, presented by Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Company will return to the Meehan Center for the Performing Arts at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham/Exeter, NH on Saturday, September 20 at 7PM.
night of music will include hula performances by Hui Na Kawaiuaili and
Kealo Koko, with musical performances by Margo Reola, Barry Kimokeo, three
time Grammy Award Winner Daniel Ho and the Makaha Sons. Ticket are $25
and $30 and are available on line through makahasons.com or Kikenei Productions
PO Box 352, Hampton, NH 03842. For more info call 603-812-1514 or email
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
1988 My First Magic Short Board Hampton, NH
Today-TS Hanna- New Hampshire September 7, 2008.