Can you say "Active Hurricane Season?" Dang...we've just experienced the ABC's of Alex, Bonnie and Charley. Throw in the occasional ground swell we've had and we're looking at a pretty decent Mid to late summer wave bonanza. Who'd a thunk it? Back during the long drought at the begining of our short summer season, I don't think any one of us would of called this. Watching the weather last night...I saw two more Danielle and Earl? Wait Earl? (Todd you hearing any of this?) The naming of Hurricanes is a funny business. I mean who gets to choose these names? If I had the job of naming Hurricanes I'd problably name them something like this:
A-ALFRED (Named after the great Alfred E. Newman). B-BORAT (Named after the Character on DA ALI G show). C-CROP (Named after the guy who runs Cinnamon Rainbows). D-DUDE (Named after you). E-ELVIS (Named after what's his name?). F-FONZY (Why not?).G-GONZO (Named after the Muppett). H-HORATIO (Named after Horation Hornblower). I-IGGY (Named after Iggy Pop). J-JACKO (Named after the Mayor of 10th Street).K-KOOK (Named after all the...well, you know.). L-LARRY (Named after all the Larrys we know). M-MOMMY (Named after all the surf moms). N-NANA (Named after all the surf Mom's Baby sitters). O-OZZY (Named after Ozzy Osborne and Ozzy Nelson). P-PATRIOT (Named after the original New Englanders and the Super Bowl Champs).Q-QUACK (Named after a sound a duck makes). R-RALPH (Come on, what you didn't think I'd pass this up did you?).
WATER SHOT 1980
Rick Evans on the inside section of what was more than likely an overhead bomb at the Wall during a late summer Hurricane Swell. Rick is the father of Matt, Megan and Michael Evans and bewteen he and his wife Karen ferrying the kids off to the beach they have been part of this Surf community since the very early 70's. Rick as of late has been sidelined with a temporary hip problem. But as soon as he gets that replacement look for him dropping into some more bombs and sharing the waves with his kids.
Photo by Ralph Fatello SFOD
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WATER SHOT 2004
Taken less than a week ago. I shot this empty Wall Wave around mid-day. The wind blew offshore all day keeping the faces well groomed but dropping the water temps to the mid-50's! Still, it was well worth the frozen extremities to get a Gem like this. The waves this day were throwing out so far. I can still hear them exploding on the sandbars. God I love that sound.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD