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April 15th, 2007

I don't know about you guys, but I will never forget where I was, and what I was doing, when I heard the news. What news? Well of course I would be talking about the DNA test results to find out who was the biological father of Anna Nicole's baby. As you all now know, it was Larry Birkhart. Apparently Larry's sperm was just wee bit faster than the other thousand participants, as well as unfortunately, Howard K. Stern's sperm. I think we can all rest easy, now that we know the final chapter of this most riveting international story.

I swear if I saw one more news story about this freak show I was gonna kick my TV screen in. I mean come on. Are we that screwed up in our society where this is such a big story?

Look I know this is a weekly surf column, And for the most part, I try to cover the surf scene. But let's face it, we are all bombarded with weekly and daily stories on the news and in the papers that are not surf related. So, I'll mention them, because we all live in the same world. Unless you don't have cable and or a TV, then this BS might not mean anything to you.

So if you wouldn't mind, I'd like to spout off about a few other subjects that caught my attention recently. Then I'll get into the surf scene. Like the clean Friday The 13th Swell (see photos below) and the one we're gonna get on Marathon Monday (Patriots Day).

Let's start with Sanjaya. People help me out here. What the freaking BS is going on with this freakazoid? As I confessed to last year, I watch the popular singing competition AMERICAN IDOL. Now before you shake your heads in disgust, I know plenty of surfers who watch the show. Plenty of BIG WAVE surfers I might add.
I guess I got into it because of my kids last year. Any ways, long story short. I watch it. The problem is, this kid Sanjaya is still on the show and he's on mostly due to this underground movement to keep him on with the enormous amount of votes he gets every week.

For those who don't watch it (and I envy you all now). The contestants stay on the show each week by the amount of votes that come in. Sanjaya is getting huge numbers from people who hate the show and just want to make a mockery of it. While I can certainly appreciate that movement, I can't stand to watch talented singers leave because they did not get enough votes. Now for the record, I have never voted. Why? It's a joke.

Huh? It's true. You can vote as many times as possible. In other words when Ryan Seakelp says that 32 million people voted he's actually meaning that one million people voted 32 times each. How is that fair? I will say, that if Sanjaya wins it all, it will be the end of American Idol as we know it. Simon will quit, and without Simon, there is no show. Which is fine by me. I can use my Tuesday nites back.

Sanjaya you freak, take yourself out of the competition.

Another non surfing subject has to do with those British sailors who were recently held hostage by the Iranians.
Ok, I don't mean to be cruel here, but I almost blew my coffee out of my nose when I read that one of the British sailors complained to the press how he was tortured. Did you see this? One sailor said he was tormented by the Iranians on a daily basis and it reduced him to tears. What was the torture? Apparently, the Iranians kept telling this one Sailor that he looked exactly like Mr Bean the comedy British actor! Are you kidding me?

That's torture? Oh the horror...the horror. Give me a freaking break! I feel bad for Mr Bean.

Speaking of torture. The April 5th swell we had the week before last, I believe it was on a Thursday, I was driving by one of the popular breaks that has public parking. I noticed a vehicle parked at a handicap parking space. On closer inspection, I saw that it was a car full of surfers. And they were either getting ready to go out, or getting ready to leave (after surfing).

They were in wetsuits, so it was hard to tell.

What was not hard to tell, was the fact that, none of these guys appeared to be handicapped. I was already late for an appointment and it took every fiber of restraint that I could muster, to not go back there and confront them. I knew that if I had gone back, I would of said some things that I might of regretted. But only, if they did not move their vehicle. It was a classic case of The Old Ralph battling with the New Improved Ralph.

You see, my late father who loved the ocean, lost both of his feet. What if he wanted to pull up and watch the surf? Then I thought about some of the young Veterans coming home from from Iraq or Afghanistan who may be disabled. Some of who could very well be surfers. What if they wanted to check the surf? But couldn't find a space because some irresponsible carload of surfers were parked in a handicapped spot?

So what's my point here?

Well it's simple. Please DON'T PARK in a Handicapped spot unless you are handicapped. Or, unless you want to qualify to park in one. Yes that means exactly what you think it does. I don't care how good the surf is. Or the fact that there are NO more free spaces. Do the right thing. Walk a little. I guarantee the person with the handicap plates would love to trade places with you.

The Red Sox Opening Day was not all what it was supposed to be. Mr Gazillion Dollar, Japanese Ace, Dice-K made his debut at Fenway and well...they lost. End if the world? Hardly. Like I've said a million times to me in August. The season is soooooo long.

My buddy Jeff and his wife Joanne and son Everest just came back from their Southeast Asian tour. They even got to see some of my old hangouts. He was surprised at how warm it is over there. It can get very warm and very humid. But there is surf, if you can find it. Those Typhoons in the South China Sea can produce some good waves.

Someone assumed recently, that I was a big IMUS fan. I am not. He always reminded me of a Civil War Veteran with a radio show. He messed up. However, I'd like to see Rev Sharpton and Rev. Jackson jump on the Black rappers who are making millions demeaning black women. Where's the justice there Reverend?

Happy birthday to Christopher Nichols! and Happy 22nd Wedding Anniversary to Lenny and Arlene Nichols.

And congrats to Leah Grondin for her 2nd place finish in the Womens Figure Skating Competition this weekend.

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

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



Yesterday 1970 A Surfer makes a familiar walk in New England.
The general consensus of you all was to open the "Yesterday" criteria to 15 years. But my Maine man Ed O'Connell
still sends me gems of images that he's had for decades now, that clearly transcend into the multi decade treasure
chest. It truly is amazing how the waves and scenery remain the same. Even a few retro boards.

Photo courtesy of Ed O'Connell.

Today 2007 Marathon Monday April 16th...WHOA!!!!!!

(Above) I shot this about an hour was right before I got hit by a wall of white water. Both my cameras got wet.
Those are cottages being hit in the background. It's CRAZY out there.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 Friday The 13th of April ... was far from Bad Luck

(Above) The time was 9:00AM. Not a soul out. Friday the 13th. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Untouched by human hands, neoprene and fiberglass. Friday the 13th. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Everywhere you looked. An empty peak. Friday the 13th. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Use your imagination. Right or left, on Friday the 13th? Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Clean and green on 04-13-07. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Wall sniper. John Carden looking for someone or something to shoot. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) I hung out for about 20 minutes. No one paddled out. Finally I zipped home and got my gear and had
the best Friday the 13th session before it got too crowded and the tide dropped.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 Friday The 13th, John Carden's Take

(Above) Plenty of waves, so it was easy to pass on a few. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Johnny's Big Lens was poking around every hole. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Locals flying around the shorebreak looking for snacks. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Friendly local.. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Local reaction to the empty Friday the 13th waves. Photo by John Carden

(Above) This may be the same wave I shot a few photos up...check it out. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Friday the 13th...what's so unlucky about this? Photo by John Carden


(Above) Look closely. See the head of the dude paddling? Look at this wave. The Phantom has struck California
Gold on his latest mission and you lucky SOB's get the exclusive rights to view em.
Photo by The Phantom

(Above) Somewhere out there in the great blue Pacific Ocean the Phantom and his crew drop anchor to some of
the world's most perfect Right Handers I have ever seen.
Photo by The Phantom

(Above) The names and the faces have been changed to protect the innocent. Photo by The Phantom

(Above) Are you kidding me? Look at this wave. Who among you would not want such a wave?
Photo by The Phantom

(Above) OK I love this shot. It speaks volumes about this whole set-up. The wave swings in, the surfer casually
paddles up and into the sweet spot...can't you feel the anticipation?
Photo by The Phantom


(Above) Hollow and empty...what a score! Photo by The Phantom

(Above) Yes, even the lucky get unlucky sometimes. Dealing with perfection. Photo by The Phantom

(Above) Tom Craig knee paddling towards the backs. Photo by The Phantom

(Above) TC waiting for the right one. Photo by The Phantom

(Above) According to the Phantom himself, "I got one wave where I could NOT get out of the pocket. 600 yards
of hollowness and speed."
Photo by The Phantom

(Above) Like riding a bus. If you miss one, there's always another coming by! Photo by The Phantom

(Above) Midway through the racetrack! Photo by The Phantom

(Above) A pulled back look. Photo by The Phantom

(Above) The girth and power of the day is evident here. Photo by The Phantom

Today 2007 Hawaii Has surf? I did not know this.

(Above) The Pit at H-Bay. Photo courtesy of The Internet Underground

(Above) H-Bay in all her Glory. Photo courtesy of The Internet Underground

(Above) This was the week for perfect surf. Hawaii, California and New England.
Photo courtesy of The
Internet Underground

(Above) Say goodnight to perfection. Photo courtesy of The Internet Underground

Parting Shot 2007 Phantom wanted Poster

(Above) This is what the Phantom found on his dashboard after that magic session. He's risking his life for all of us.
He knows of the dangers of surfing these breaks and taking photos and yet, he seems to relish in the challenges.
Please my brothers and sisters say a prayer for the Phantom and his men, that these unruly locals never catch up
with him....and lynch him. Lord knows, we'd be lost without him.
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