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September 17, 2006

Well, what can we all say about the last couple of weeks? For starters, we should all say Thanks. It's truly amazing, what one perfect swell after another, can do for us all. It's almost like, we all forgot what kind of Summer 2006 started off like. And how mid-summer seemed like a cruel joke, with no end in sight. Then came the Tropical awakenings, and ever since, we've had back to back tropical ground swells, with tropical water temps, and sunny skies. It's been so-o-o-o-o good.

And of course, it's been so-o-o bad too. I'm talking about the crowds, the insane parking and short tempers. I guess we'll take the good with the bad. But, if you all wouldn't mind me saying so, I think we all need to back up and regroup. I mean, we need to look at each and every one of our own personal skill levels, and ask ourselves. Do I belong out here? In other words, do you honestly have the skill to be out in Big Surf? Honestly. And, should you be out at certain breaks, that are clearly in the expert range only? I know some of you paddled out at some breaks during Florence and it was not pretty. There was that snowboard gang from Laconia. Those guys had little, or NO experience, and yet they all paddled out at one of the heaviest breaks we have round these parts. The results were downright dangerous and comical. Or, it would of been comical, if they weren't such a danger to the local crew out there.

And I've heard from several sources, that our friends from the North have been more than just arrogant. They've been downright nasty and their behavior has been unacceptable.

What am I alluding to? Well, you can't call some local surfer to the beach over some silly dropin. And you can't be telling local surfers to F- -K OFF. If you Quebecians tell an American to F- - K OFF you are basically challenging them to a fight. I spoke with a guy from Quebec today who said he was a High School Principal in Quebec. He told me he was constantly telling his students to lay off the F-Bomb word. And he agreed with me when I explained that telling an American to F-Off is the same as saying "Let's Go! Let's Fight!" I guess F-Off means something different up north. Down here, you tell someone to F- -K Off means one thing. It's GO TIME!

I also told him, that I've been all over this world surfing. I mean, I've been everywhere. And the ONE THING I would NEVER do in my travels, is to tell a Local guy (no matter what his skill) to F- - K OFF. I mean that's just stupid. And it can really get you hurt. Some of you guys who've been to Hawaii know what I'm talking about. Can you imagine telling some local Older Respected Hawaiian to F- -K OFF? And then call him an OLD MAN? That shit will get your ass kicked, and then some. Not to mention that you'd never be able to surf there again.

I heard through several reliable sources that there have been unacceptable behavior from the Surfers up North at many different breaks. I'm NOT saying all Surfers from our Canadian neighbors, just some. But enough, for me to have to write this.

So here's my advice to the Q-Boys. Lighten up. RESPECT Those WHO CAME Before You. Be nice and cordial to the Locals. If someone drops in on you...let it go. There's plenty of waves.

Like the late Duke Kahanamoku used to say:
"Miss a wave? Relax, more wave will come."

And the fashion thing you guys are sporting? My brothers, I don't know where you guys got the idea to wear surf trunks over your wetsuits, but it ain't happening. I mean, are you guys kidding me? Hello? Wear the trunks as is. Please don't put em over yer dam suits! You guys are just asking for trouble walking around like that.

There's an old saying..."When In Rome, do as the Romans". We don't wear our trunks over our wetsuits.

I went to a party last night for shop owner's Dave and Heather's baby's first birthday. Veda Day turned 1. I was blown away by the next generation of young kids that are being brought up in our Surf Community. And there's more coming. Kids being born and adopted, while being raised in a warm and healthy surf environment. It's great. In fact, my buddy Joe Carter should be a new daddy any day now. It's good to see the spark of life in the kids eyes and the new parents. It is like they say, ALL GOOD.

Speaking of kids. How come none of you new surf parents have not named any of your kids after Tropical Storms and Hurricanes? I mean come on! Hurricane names are great. Take my oldest daughter for instance, Gabrielle. My wife and I found out she was expecting in 1989 during Hurricane Gabrielle. I said to my wife, "If this baby is a girl, we'll name her Gabrielle." You mean to say there's no baby Florence's out there? Come on people, let's appease the surf Gods and start naming your babies and pets after these storms. Can I get a Gordon child or Setter? Or a Helene Kitty or little girl? Or an Ernesto? Beryl? Those are cool names...don't let em slip by. Name your next pet or child after one of these storms. You'll be glad you did.

Local Surf Photog Chris Shipley has some of his photos currently on display at Cafe Fresca in Hampton that are part of a project called 41 Degrees Seascapes of the North Atlantic. All the images were shot from Jan. 06 through March 06 on a couple different housed U/W cameras including one mounted on a longboard fired with a wireless remote. The idea from the project stemmed from Chris's years of surfing and wanting to capture some of what he was seeing on film.Wine and Cheese opening on Sept. 21 from 5-8pm. Check it out and let Chris know what you think. The show will run for about a month.

The Patriots won their second consecutive game. They beat the J-E-T-S by a score of 24-17. After being up 24-0. They had the game in the bag. And then, we were all reminded, that the game of Football is 60 minutes long. Sure enough, the dam JETS came back with 17 unanswered points. And me and my friends started twisting in the wind. It's too dam early in the season to get uptight during games...but it's too late. I'm a fan. I'm hooked and cooked. Thank God the Surf from GORDON today had a lasting affect on my attitude. The bottom line is, they won. And (sorry to say this kids), but that's all that really matters. A big Fat "W" in the Win column.

I shot a lot of footage these past few weeks. I mean I got some good stuff. And it won't be long before my next movie hits the shops. After these next two storms run their course, I'll start editing...meanwhile...
SUMMER 05 is still in the Shops and available at my other site

I want to thank all of the surfers who took the time to attend the Global War on Terrorism Monument Dedication on September 11, at the Legion Hall in Hampton. We had over 500 people in attendance. Some of the 23 names of the New Hampshire casualties who are on that stone were surfers. Like Exeter, NH native NAVY SEAL Dan Healy. Danny surfed here in New Hampshire and in Hawaii. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.

A Big SHOUT OUT To all the New England Competitors who are heading down to Cape Hatteras for the 2006 ESA Championships. REPRESENT New England Y'all!

Rest in Peace Warren Bolster

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


P.S. My friends, would you all be so kind and say a prayer for my Mother this week. Thank you.


Yesterday 1986 Hurricane Charley Sends Surf to New England
Our How many of you remember Hurricane Charley? Twenty years ago this Summer. Young Vincent
slices back in the warm tropical New England waters.
Photo by Tomahawk

Today 2006 Scenes from Hurricane FLORENCE
Last week broke all kinds of records. One of which was the amount of pics I found in my mailbox.
I've never received that many photos from that many photographers before. I got so many that I had to edit
out some. But I tried to put up as many up as I could. Enjoy these images from FLO as she sent us a solid
ground swell for a couple days that had us all smiling. At least for a while.

(Above) Cinnamon Rainbows Shop guy Kevin Rafferty in a FLO-Sequence. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Pioneers Shop guy Steve O'Hara in a FLO-HOLE. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Zapstix Shop guy Mike Paugh in Perfect FLO. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Mike Stanek in a Dark Flo Hole. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Cinnamon Rainbows Shop girl Julia Nichols FLO-Drop. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Local longtime surfer Kenny Sakurai get's FLO-Set wave. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Local guy Steve Rafferty in a FLO-Trim. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Alex Orestis doing his funky tongue jive stall... Photo by John Carden

(Above) PERFEC-FLO. Photo by John Carden

(Above) ESA-NNE director Lenny Nichols relaxing before the Hatteras trip. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Jay Gould looking down the FLO line Photo by John Carden

(Above) Cinnamon Rainbows Shop guy Kevin Rafferty in the right FLO-Spot. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Toby cutting back for MO FLO. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Empty Florence Sunrise Perfection. Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Florence Drop Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Unidentified Florence Backsider. Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Kings Highway Bassist bottom turns a clean Florence left. Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Bottom Turn in Heavy Flo. Photo by Tim Annis

(Above) Toby turning in the white stuff. Photo by Tim Annis

(Above) Who Da Guy Shooting? Photo by Tim Annis

(Above) Not so empty line-up during Florence's peak... Photo by Sinan Talgat

(Above) Big Waves? We got em during Ole Flo. Photo by James Mitchell

(Above) Clean Waves? We got them during Flo. Photo by James Mitchell

(Above) Good solid surfing? We had that going on too during Flo. Photo by James Mitchell

(Above) Boogie Boarders? We had a few of them during Flo. Photo by James Mitchell

(Above) Radical Surfing? What do you think? Photo by James Mitchell

(Above) Unknown Regular foot takes a solo drop. Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Unknown Regular foot bottom turn. Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Unknown Goofy foot in a nice section... Photo by Chris Thompson

(Above) Unknown Goofy foot in a semi crowded scene... Photo by Chris Thompson

(Above) Perfect Empty Florence...just two guys out. Photo by Ross Kunkel

(Above) And here they are... Photo by Ross Kunkel

(Above) Another Empty Florence Barrel ...(just two guys out). Photo by Ross Kunkel

(Above) Perfect Florence..take a good look at these waves. See the guy paddling? . Photo by Justin Huston

(Above) Perfect Florida Florence... Photo courtesy of Phil Beauchesne

Parting Shot -Birthday Wave For Mackey V (Flo's Last Day)
Thursday was Mackey V's 15th birthday. He had school that day, and it was the last dying Gasp of Florence.
He had been asking me all week if he could surf on his birthday. He had surfed the whole Florence swell and
was stoked to have finally gotten some big waves to surf. The last day of Florence was small at best. Yet,
every now and then, a wave would come through. I let him skip his morning class so he could surf on his
birthday. Does this make me a good dad, or a bad dad? I guess it all depends on who you ask.
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