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August 5th, 2007

You won't hear me complaining about this Summer. No sir ree Bobby. No sir. Unless of course, we don't get a single Hurricane or decent Tropical Storm. But we are just now getting into that season, so I am not concerned. I'm talking about the Summer thus far. June and July. I have to say, that I have been having fun all Summer. And quite frankly, if you can't have fun in small thigh to waist high surf and 70 degree water temps...well you are incapable of having any kind of New England Summer Surf Fun. Might I suggest you move away from here.

Or better yet, take up Golf.

I have friends who live in Central California who never ( I repeat NEVER) get out of their 4/3 wetsuits. Granted they get more consistent surf than us, but to never get of of their suits? I'm sorry. Part of the charm of New England is clearly the different seasons we all experience. And one of the high points of our seasons is the warm spells we get in the North Atlantic. And to have surf coincide with those warm spells. Well dammit people. That's the frosting on the cake. That's the cats meow. That's the freaking shizzle!

I was paddling around last week like I was back in Hawaii or some other tropical destination. Looking at my own flesh turning brown from the sun, and seeing the clarity of the water I was in...well, it looked and felt tropical. I trunked it four days in a row! Hello? Sure there were people in full westuits out there and I even saw a couple of the "K" dudes and girls in booties, but to those of us who live, eat and breathe this stuff, we were in heaven. And I don't mean living here on the seacoast. I'm talking about any of you who are within an hour's drive from the ocean.

If you missed the beach this weekend, or this past week, you blew it. Unless you had work or other pressing commitments, the beaches this past week were some of the best dam beach weather of all time. Now, I have friends who will read this and think that I have lost my mind. They can only see the size of the surf to call it beach worthy, and or, summer worthy.

I see it for what it is. Summer. And I'm talking the whole shabang. The tourists, the kids, the noise, the traffic, the sounds and smells of it all. But mostly, the cloudless blue skies, the warm water, and the fun surf. I know what fun surf is dammit. Anything that can push me along and allow me several turns and a few speed lines is fun surf.

I know we have not experience our first BIG Hurri swell of the season, nor have we had any significant TS or TD activity just yet. Although, last week's Chantelle was fun. It was. I know it was not some pulsating, overhead, grinding, spitting tube session, but, it was a 3 day waist high summer fun run. Hey, I had fun. I'm not dead yet.

I know how to enjoy my New England Summers.

Most of you are aware of my little protégé Mackey V. Lord knows, I write enough and post enough about our little surf adventures together. But I wonder how many of you are aware of my other children? I have two other daughters, both of which, love the ocean and the surf. This past week, my surf jaded son passed on a couple of really fun days at the Wall. My daughter Gabby joined me instead and those sessions ended up being some of the most fun I've had in the water all year. In fact, I will go as far and say it was some of the most fun I've had in surfing in general.

Gabby and I shared some of the Summer's best sessions so far. It was warm, sunny and the surf was just so much fun, that we could hardly contain ourselves. She and I just lit into those waves like a couple Groms jacked up on Red Bull. It was so neat to see Gabby enjoy herself without the pressure of bigger surf and cold water. To actually have fun without the aggro crowds and other distractions that go hand in hand with REAL Surf was such a treat. We shared some of the Summer's most memorable sessions. Sometimes, we lose track of what this lifestyle is supposed to be all about. Surfing with my daughter this past week brought it all back to me. I really enjoyed sharing waves with her, and I look forward to doing more of the same as the summer progresses.

You Go Gabby!

A big shout out to all the artists who submitted their work to last week's SURF ART COLUMN. I've received a lot of positive feedback from readers out there who really dig the Surf Art Scene. If you have any inquiries on some of the artists and or their work email me and I will get the info off to them. And to those artists who missed the deadline and or just didn't get it together in time, start thinking about next year's column now.

Start creating those wonderful pieces of surf art for next year's column.


What would you guys think about a Surf Art column more than once a year? Talk to me people. Let me know what you're thinking. I know there's a whole bunch of artists out there who do some really creative work. And the fact that your work ties in with the surfing lifestyle, well, all the better. I can think of several talented artists who live nearby who didn't submit their work. You know who you are. I say share that talent with the rest of the world. Who knows, there may be someone out there who just loves your work and will pay you for it.

Imagine that. Getting paid to create SURF ART.

I did something this past week that I never thought I'd do. I tried SUPB-ing. It's true. Dave Cropper offered me his craft midweek as we were all sharing some fun little glassy waves. Anyone who knows Dave, knows that he's too nice of a guy to say no to. Reluctantly, I accepted his invitation and to my surprise, I was actually getting into it. Did I catch and ride a wave? No. Did I find it difficult? Yes and no. Once I I got a handle on it (pun intended), I did manage to move myself around. Was it fun? Yes. It was fun. What I found most amazing was the ability to see so much further out than anyone else in the line-up. That and the fact that I felt like I was on some aquatic scientific mission studying the bottom of the ocean floor and the habitat that lives there.

I went SUPB-ing and I had fun. And I will do it again.

I guess we sportsfans are sort of waiting for Barry Bonds to hit his next Home Run to break Hank Aaron's 755 record. He tied Hank's record over the weekend. I guess like most of you, I have mixed emotions about all of this. By now, most of you know that Barry Bonds will forever be associated with Steroids. There's no denying that he's used them. Although, he has personally denied it, it's painfully obvious that he's been Roided Up during his run to take the record. Roids have been a sports controversy for many years now and it looks like it will continue. I think he should have the record with a asterisk next to his name. *Due in part to his use of Steroids.

I see A-Rod has also accomplished a new record as well. The youngest player to ever reach the 500 HR mark. But because he's a Yankee it really does not count. Seriously, A-Rod did it the right way. So he deserves a tip of the cap.

Like a lot of you this week, I was horrified at the bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Can you imagine what that must of been like? Look we've all driven over bridges. Some of you drive over one everyday. Some of you drive over one to get to the surf. That was absolutely a motorists nightmare. I mean Good Lord, are you kidding me? I suppose it could of been worse. It could of happened in the Winter. That would of been way worse. Still, just when you think you've seen it all, something like this happens and you step back to thank the Lord for everything you have, and all you can do is say a prayer for those unfortunate souls.

Speaking of souls. I want to express our (the Cinnamon Rainbows family) most sincere condolences to the family of local surfers Gary and Billy Ritchie over the recent loss of their grandfather. I met him at Mark's wake and he was a vibrant man who almost lived to be 100. That's quite a life. I enjoyed speaking with him that day and honestly thought he would make it to be 100 years old. The Lord had other plans for him though. On behalf of the entire surf community we offer our prayers and sympathy for their loss.

On a lighter note, congrats to Eric (Red longboarder) and his wife who are expectant parents of a baby girl due in November. In fact, to all you dads with little surfer girls, I hope you all get to experience what I got to experience with my little surfer girl this past week.
Congrats to Leah Grondin for taking the crown at the annual Miss Hampton Beach Pageant.

Oh and before I forget, my band BIG HANDSOME DADDY will be playing at 931 OCEAN in Hampton on Monday, August 13, 2007. From 7-9PM. Big Handsome Daddy (BHD) is a blues/rock based band that is heavily influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. If you dig the guitar driven blues sound of that genre, then check BHD out a week from Monday.

PADDLE FOR DANNY Sunday Aug 12, 2007 at the WALL

The Continuing Fund for the Late Surfer Danny Miller's young son Landon 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
Danny. North By Northeast

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



IMPORTANT NOTICE PLEASE READ: There's a Memorial Paddle Out For Danny Miller on This Coming Sunday August 12th at the WALL at 10AM. PLEASE TRY AND MAKE THIS-SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.

Yesterday 1967 Beaver Tail Flapping in Maine
(Below) This is one of my oldest closest surf buddies. Jeff Crawford. No not THE Jeff Crawford from Florida who beat
all the heavy Hawaiian surfers in the early 70's at Pipeline. This Jeff Crawford was a Northern New England boy who
lived the surf dream back in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and still does today. We shared lots of surf adventures together
and we hope to continue that trend until our dying day. This is young Jeff Somewhere in Southern Maine.
Photo courtesy of Competition East Surf Club

Today 2007 Surf Contest at the Wall Saturday August 4-2007

(Above) I saw this heat, and I must say, that Lars came out and slayed the competition before heading off to work.
He was impressive to say the least in the small glassy conditions. Lars Jacobsen.

Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg

(Above) Tom Hayes is a good kid. I like talking with him at the contest scene. He's a good surfer who is into the
media end of the sport and is wanting to get more involved in shooting and editing. Tommy send me your resume.

Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg

(Above) Mitch Repucci on a wave that looks more gnarlier than it actually was this day. Still, Mitch managed to
surf hard and fast all day long. His efforts paid off in the end.,

Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg

(Above) This is Bobby...dam...I forget his last name! I didn't forget that he surfed really good though. He's a nice
guy and I believe he won his division as well.

Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg

(Above) Kevin "Doc" Grondin forward on the longboard nose while Mike Moran gives a look over his shoulder.
Oh yea, Doc won.
Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg

(Above) Kevin "Doc" Grondin turning on the short board. Oh yea, he won this too. Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg

(Above) Tom Hayes again. This time on the LB. Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg

(Above) Ryan Webb came all the way from Nantucket with his dad. He left without saying goodbye.
Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg

(Above) Mitch Repucci hops through his heat. Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg

(Above) It was glassy in the morning. Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg

(Above) Early morning heat, two friends getting ready to hit the glassy surf. Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg

(Above) Kai Nichols in between heats. . Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg


VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) To the victors go the spoils. Tommy, Kai, Max, Nick, Jared, Mikey and Jake.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 Summer Scenes from last Week

(Above) Gabby and I had those little waves to ourselves...and the water was 70 degrees.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) I use the SURF GEL because it works and it smells good. SURF GEL don't go surfing without it.
Photo by SFOD Gabby Fatello

(Above) One of the many days of waves. Lenny coming round the section.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Reverend Chip wondering why everyone else was in a westsuit.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Lars finding another sweet section.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Ian finding North of North Beach much more fun.
Photo by Jim Frasch

(Above) Dougie Fresh knows how much fun this is...and now I do too!
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Big Wave Rider Reef McIntosh and the local Dewsnap kids hanging out at Cinnamon Rainbows.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Reef and Crop (sounds like a TV show) at the shop.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 Summer Scenes from Hawaii last Week

(Above) Alamo contest scenes by master lensman and popular Hawaiian legend Bernie Baker
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) OK this is how you get the toes over.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) And this is how you hit the lip on a Longboard.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) And this is how you cruise through a section.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) This is so clean and green...very South Shore looking fun summer day.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Small hanging five day.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) And this is how you cutback at Ala Moana.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) And this is a local Longboard crew.
Photo by Bernie Baker

Today 2007 Surf Scenes from Here and There

(Above) TC is out west and blasting his way through the line-ups. TC wants all you Easties to know that he's
got EMPTY back in production starting this month. So keep yer eyes peeled .

Photo by Jason Winkleback

Today 2007 Parting Shot..."Hey Daddy how You Turn dis ting"

(Above) Kai Nichols heading home. Photo by: Benjamin C Ginsberg
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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