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April 1st, 2007

I was going to start the column off this week with something clever and funny about today being April Fools Day. Then I thought about it and decided to pass. April Fool's Jokes are more a pain in the ass than anything that I would find funny. Although, I'm sure I've pulled a few pranks in my youth. I have a friend who shall remain anonymous who looks at this day with anticipation and glee for months prior. I swear. This friend would go out of their way (including spending hordes of money) just to bust my ass on this day. Now I ask you all, why do some people have to be so hurtful?

I mean fer crissakes, it's not a real holiday.

Although today (we spoke on the phone) this friend said to me "It IS a Holiday." Well, maybe it's one of those quirky holidays like, Valentines Day, or Ground Hog Day. But surely it's not up there with the big guns. Christmas, Chanukah, or Secretary Day.

Can you imagine having this day as your birthday?Think about it. Growing up as Aprils 1st as your actual birthday. I'd a hit someone along the way, that's for sure. Not hard mind you. But enough to make a point. You know, a warranted bitch slap.

Today is also Palm Sunday. Which reminds me, I sure wouldn't mind laying under some palms right now listening to some perfect overhead swell unload on the reef. Instead, I'm listening to the Robins outside my window. Spring has finally sprung here in the Granite State. And I think it's safe to say, you can put away the snow shovels and snow blowers. Although I do remember a few years ago when we all got hit by that HUGE Snow storm on April 1st. Now that was a cruel joke.

This is a historical biblical date for Christians. Palm Sunday. The beginning on what the Christian faith is all based on. The Resurrection. But that's next week.

Today is Palm Sunday. So for you faithful followers of Christ, enjoy this day, and pray that Jesus hears our prayers for strength and faith, against the evil masses who want to destroy this earth. Help us find the strength Lord to fight those evil S.O.B.s.

Or, at least point them out to our Marines and Soldiers so they can kill their stinking asses. Thank you Lord.

I truly hope you all got to surf on Tuesday. Oh no...tell me you missed it. You missed it? Oh don't want to know how good it was. Wait you do? Well, if you insist. All points were firing. And the beach breaks were unloaded with glassy perfection.

That day March 27, 2007 was the ONE Year anniversary of last years' infamous swell. Oh yes it was. I know it was because, it's my late father's birthday and my youngest daughter's birthday. Last year, I shot some of that killer footage that's in my latest movie on this day.

In fact, Brian Nevins stood a few feet from where I was standing and shot that great photo of Mike Moran in the barrel for the Surfers Journal article. That same wave appears in all it's glory on video and is (in my opinion) one of the highlights of my movie NORTH BY NORTHEAST.

If you didn't surf on Tuesday...well, you truly missed it.
And that my friends, is NOT an April Fool's Joke.

I am also debating whether or not to bring this up. What's that you say? Well, I managed to get out the next morning (Wednesday) and you know what?...It was good. How good? Good enough for me to get barreled. Good enough to curse myself for not bringing my camera to the beach. I mean, I saw a few waves that looked absolutely beautiful. The color. The light. The barren crowds. It was almost dreamlike. And yes...I had it to myself for about an hour. Then my buddy and fellow photog man John Carden came out to join me. We got a few head high waves before it shut down. I mean, it really shut down. The size dropped and so did the shape. In a matter of two hours, There were only the walled up closeouts. Not exactly the makings of a dream session.

Still, those waves were so dam pretty.

And to think I had it alone for a good deal of time. I recall seeing one wave that was so pretty and perfect, that I actually stopped paddling, just to watch it unfold and dissipate on the beach.

The short life of an ocean wave. Born hundreds of miles out to sea, then travels a long distance, to meet the shallow bottom and expire. It truly is mind boggling, if you stop and think about what a wave really is.

I've said it so many times. Waves are timeless. The empty perfect wave, is the same today, as it was, 100 years ago.

Check out the empty wave photos from my friend up north. Mr Ed O'Connell. Look at the eerie similarity of both photos and more importantly, look at both waves.

Are you freaking kidding me?

My boy Tony Beradini is doing much better, as his new hip takes shape. I guess Ricky Evans has been in touch. It's always nice having someone in the surf community who has already been through a major Hip Replacement operation. But Tony is up to the task at hand.

Pain is Good.

I know that sounds harsh, but you have to suck it up and deal with this. You want to surf? You have to suffer.

I just came back from checking the news. There was a Major Tsunmai hitting parts of the Solomon Islands today. People were lost. Don't know how many were surfers.

I bet there were a few. And that my friends is sad.

Please Remember The Danny Miller Foundation.
Donations for Late Surfer Danny Miller's young son can be made to The Landon Miller Fund through ANY Citizen Bank.
Or send your donation to:
The Landon Miller Foundation
83 South Road
North Hampton, NH 03862

Click below to see Danny Tribute or see Danny Surfing
Tribute to
North By Northeast

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



Yesterday and Today 1970 and 2006 A Timeless Wave Study

In Ed's own words...Read Below

Ralph: I know you have said it before, but the wave really does remain the same, everything
else changes. At a rivermouth not far from here, I took the March 1970 shot with a Pentax,
I had to set the shutter speed, set the aperture, focus, and advance the film manually, then
send the Kodachrome film to Kodak and wait 2 weeks to see the shot. For the 2006 shot
last fall, the miracle of Nikon technology I was using did all those things automatically, showed
me the image instantly, and fixed me a roast beef sandwich while I was waiting.
Ed O’Connell

Today 2007 March was a Fun Month...

(Above) Empty New England Perfection. Photo by Chris Thompson

(Above) More New England Perfection. Photo by Chris Thompson

(Above) See the dude paddling out? Some West Coast surfer will look at this photo and he will say...
"Dam, New England Looks Good.".
Photo by Chris Thompson

Today 2007 Two For Tuesday...March 27th

(Above) Looks like fun...and it's soooo freaking warm. We're ON IT! Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Alex shows Corey and Max his remote "Crowd Clearing Device". Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

Today 2007 More From The Phantom Files

(Above) Casual shortboarder joins the boards of length that the Phantom appears to travel with and get's one
for the Phantom lens.

Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) The Captain's View. Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Mr Tom Craig, the REAL Casual and very stylish board of length rider.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) I think this is Wally. He's a good guy and a good surfer.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Wally cutting back...but wait! What's that on yer dam shoulder Wally? Did ya run someone over?.
Dam Wally Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Tom again, styling again.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above)Ya see what I mean? Tom's just a style master on a Longboard.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Some hitch hiker the Phantom and his crew picked up that morning. Lucky bastard. I heard they
even bought this guy breakfast.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) This is Bruce Pilnick...holding back the pitching lip.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

( Above) Phantom Faithful slotted.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Wally enjoying the day.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) The Bertleman hitchhiker again. Hey dude get a job!
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Wild Wally cutting back.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

Today 2007 More New Surfers Arrive in Hampton

(Above) Erin and Skyla Mace taking in the warmth of a new spring sun. Congrats guys! She's beautiful!
Photo courtesy of Erin Mace

(Above) Terence and Jonah Daniel discussing the "Lost Balloon" incident at 10th Street. Little brother Jonah
looks like he'll fit right in with Family Kirby. Congrats Sandy and Terence!
Photo courtesy of the Kirbys

(Above) Kai and his "Cinnamon Rainbow Trout". Saturday March 31st. Photo by Lenny Nichols

Parting Shot 2007 Baseball Season starts attention!

(Below) Think this will hurt if it hits you?
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