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April 8th, 2007
Easter Sunday

I honestly don't know, how many of you out there reading this, believe in something bigger than what is here on earth. By bigger I mean God. You see in Surfing, Religion is a lot like politics. It's better to just keep it neutral. Although, I'm afraid my politics may seep into a few of my columns from time to time. And quite frankly, I don't care what you think about my take on world politics. That's my own opinion. But talking about religion?

That's a tough one.

My guess is, I think most of you believe in something. In fact, I know plenty of you who do. I also know a few who don't. What do I believe? Well, I'm a Christian. My faith is solid. I believe in God and Jesus Christ. I believe in the resurrection. No I'm not a bible toting born again Christian. In fact, I attend church infrequently at best. I make no excuses about my spotty attendance record. But, I do believe. I do.

However, I think there's something to all religions. Especially for those who practice it. I also know that some religions can get a little carried away with their message. For instance...(oh oh here he goes with his political overtones) Radical Islamic Muslims. Call me cynical, but I don't believe, that if you kill an American, whether here in our own land, or in the Mideast, that you will meet Allah and be rewarded with 42 Virgins.

Sorry, but homey ain't buying that crap.

I guess that would be an easy sell if you have nothing to begin with. The young men and women, that these scumbag Terrorists recruit, for the most part, have nothing. Unlike many of us.

We have ...Surfing.

You could NOT get any Surfer I know, to leave all this (even as inconsistent as it can get) behind for the promise of 42 Virgins. No way in Hell.

Which sort of brings me back to the beginning of this column. If you are a Christian or a Jew, you believe in an afterlife. For those of us who have an active imagination, we might believe in a place where there is Tropical conditions, sunny, blue skies, warm weather, warm water and perfect waves, breaking both ways. And you would be surrounded by loved ones and friends who have since passed away.

Until someone with complete authority tells me anything different, that's what I'm believing. I've never heard anyone who is either a Reverend, Pastor, Priest, or Rabbi say anything that would lead me to think anything different.

So my friends, what if it's true? What if there is something of a paradise like that for surfers? Some of you might be saying...this is BS! That, this is not that far removed from what the Evil Terrorists are Promising the looney birds who are blowing themselves up overseas. Well, it is different. You don't have to Kill anyone to get what we want. You just have to be good.

And really, what harm can come to any of us, if we all behaved ourselves? None. Be good to each other. Help someone out who needs help. Lend a hand. Make someone's life better. Sacrifice a little bit of yourself to make someone else's life better.

Who may be rewarded in the end.
And it may come in the form of Perfect surf.

Speaking of death. I want to share this experience with you all. The other day I was driving south down Rte 95. I was heading to Beverly to visit my Mother, when I saw this wild Turkey make a mad dash across the North bound lane and
continue on through the median strip. The bird never broke stride, as it continued on right into my oncoming path. I started to freak. I mean I was going 75!

At the last possible moment, I stepped on the gas and just missed the bird by inches. I saw it's eyes look right at me as I sped by. I looked into my rearview mirror just in time to see a vehicle behind me, hit the poor bird dead on. There were feathers and entrails flying through the air. Dam! That was close. No sooner had I gone another mile or two, when I spotted another Turkey in my lane. Only this one, was already dead. Still, I had to drive around it.

Well, I'd like to say the story stops here, but it does not. When I reached the Topsfield area, I saw a tow truck, a police car and an ambulance up ahead. There in the Median strip, was a vehicle that had just over turned. There was a man being helped. They were putting a blanket around him. And ...once again, lying on it's side, was another dam Turkey! I shook my head and turned on the radio. The lead off story, was about a woman who was having problems with a Turkey in her yard in Marblehead. I swear on my father's grave this all happened just the way I described it.
So what's the moral of this story? Hell if I know.
I do know this...

Watch out for those Wild Turkeys.

I apologize to everyone who may have taken my word as the Gospel Truth when I said that winter was over. I knew the second I wrote those words that it would come back and haunt me. It did and then some. Not only was winter not over, but that snow was the worse kind. Heavy and wet. Followed by dropping temps, which turned the stuff into ice blocks. Not exactly Spring/Easter/Baseball weather. Hardly. It felt and still does today feel like Winter.

Although, the waves on April 5th, 2007 will go down as some of the best Spring Surf we've had in the last few years. I do hope you scored some. Because it was good.
As in very good.

The Red Sox nation breathed a sigh of relief as Mr Gazillion Dollar, Japanese Ace, Dice-K made his debut on Thursday and came off with flying colors. 10 strikeouts later and the Red Sox Faithful has anointed him, the second coming of Pedro Martinez. The season is way too early to be making predictions. So I'll keep my mouth shut.

Speaking of predictions. They are calling for 17 Atlantic Hurricanes this year, with 9 being in the major category. It's way too early for that kind of talk too. Let's wait and see what develops.

Happy Easter and Passover. God Bless you all.

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



Yesterday 1992 Mike Cropper at a Not So Secret Spot in New Hampshire.
I've been on the fence as to what criteria I should stick with as far as what constitutes a "Yesterday" photo.
For those of you who have been paying attention, I've used the 20 year mark as a guideline. Then I thought I should
open it up to 15 years as the cut off date. What do you guys think? Should I stay with the 20 yr plus parameter, or
the more liberal 15 years plus? Please acknowledge my request.
Photo courtesy of Mike Cropper.

(Above) Mike Cropper (Dave's brother) sampling a fine tapered Wall wave. Photo courtesy of Mike Cropper

Today 2007 April 5th, So far so Good...

(Above) Nohea, the only female out at this spot on this day. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The day after the Spring snow storm. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The boys, pointing the way. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Two empty peaks on a very crowded day. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Steep and deep. Which way you going? Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Face this wave and you will be in heaven. It's not so bad backside either. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Dougie and Corey sharing sea stories. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Plenty of waves to go around? That depends on who you ask. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Park by the edge of the cliff...just be careful backing up. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) "Little Red Cherokee Jeep" with frosting on the roof. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Johnny M...impacted in the lip like a dam wisdom tooth. There's only two ways out. 1. Make the drop.
2. Don't make the drop.
Did he make it? Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The reaction to Johnny's wave. Ooohlumphiee. The Gallery weighs in. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Nice composition, Groms aligned up at one of the Northern breaks. Photo by Arlene Nichols

Today 2007 More from Tuesday...March 27th

(Above) Clean and almost Saint Patty Green. Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Andrew Finds a nice secluded left? Or is it a right? Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Cool looking wave and setup.. Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Enjoying the day off. Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) Cross stepping his way through Saint Patty's Day.Photo by Andrew Frost


(Above) Contemporary Northern Surfing. Photo by Andrew Frost

(Above) About to get wasted on Saint Patty's Day. Photo by Ross Kunkel

Today 2007 Here's a couple phrom the Phantom Files

(Above) A pitching Lip Baptism. Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) It's all about the glide and positioning. Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) A good cutback helps though.. Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Tom Craig, Groove Master Photo courtesy of The Phantom

Parting Shot 2007 "Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail, Hopping Down The
Bunny Trail...WATCH OUT FOR THOSE SURFERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

(Above) Don't show this to the kids. Photo Via The Internet

(Above) Here's part of the 42 Virgins waiting for the Terrorists in Paradise. Allah Akbar! Photo Via The Internet










































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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