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February 25th, 2007

This just in. Recent DNA reports confirm; Anna Nicole's baby belongs to Tom Brady. Also in a related case, Anna Nicole's body to be buried on the 50 yard line at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Mass. According to her last wishes, she wanted to be buried near the father of her baby. Attorneys for Larry Birkhead, Howard K. Stern and Anna's mother Virgie, as well as other potential boyfriends and fathers of her baby, will fight the new ruling.

Meanwhile, a berserk Brittany Spears wants to know "Who has my hair?"

This has been one wacked out week of TV.

This is what happens when we have NO surf for over a month. This is what happens when we have freezing (below normal temps) for over a month. This is what happens when all your friends take tropical vacations while you stay home and turn to stone.

This, my friends, sucks.

Today, I stood on a block of ice about 4' high. This Ice packed snow bank, was frozen in place, along the 2 mile stretch of cement, known as, The Wall. From my vantage point, I could see the cleanest looking, absolutely perfect, 1-2' surf pushing towards the beach. I counted just two guys sitting in the lineup. Two guys. Both on Longboards. Just sitting there, waiting for something to catch and ride. I looked in either direction, and saw no other vehicles coming, or going. This was about 1:00PM. The sun was shining, and it was actually warming up.

If this same scenario had occurred during the Summer months there would of been a few hundred surfers in the water. But today, February 25th, there were only two. Why is that? Have we all gone into some form of depression, where even a waist high clean looking fun bump on the horizon can't get us out in the water?
Are you kidding me?

OK, so it was not big. Not even close. But clearly there were little waves to ride. Especially, and I mean 'especially' on a Long Board. Yet there were only two. Two men on Longboards. I stood and watched for a while. They both caught some waves, and some waves caught them. So why didn't I go out? You know, I don't know. I mean, I know I could of caught some waves and rode them today. But I didn't. I guess I'm like the rest of you. I'm in a funk and...
...I'm waiting for something better.

What if, there is nothing better? I mean this Winter. What if, this is all we get, until the first Summer swell hits? That's a scary thought. And I'm sorry I said it out loud. Or rather, wrote it here. In public, for all to read. Have I jinxed it? I doubt it. How much worse can it get?

Do you see what's happening here? We (or rather "me") have gone loopy over the lack of surf. Yesterday, I ran into Dougie "Fresh" at the High School here in town. "I saw you out in the water the other day." He said in passing. "Wha...? Where? When?" I blurted back at him. "I'm kidding." He said. " I was joking." Wow, I thought to myself. Things are that bad, that we are cracking cynical jokes about the lack of surf and I couldn't remember if I had in fact, been out surfing.

I have NOT shot a single overhead day so far in 2007 in Northern New England.

So, I'm thinking about a last minute run to the tropics. That's right. I'm thinking about heading down to the Caribbean and surfing some warm waves, even if it means, I'm only there for a few days. This Winter has been that bad. No snow. No Surf. No Nothing.

It has NOT been as bad, for those who have traveled. Hardly. Guys like John Carden for instance. Johnny boy went to Hawaii and came back with 80gig worth of quality photos. I kid you not. He scored. From Maui to Oahu. He surfed and shot. And basically, Johnny got his Aloha quota filled to the gills, and came back with a whole new appreciation for both the Hawaiian power, and our own frozen world. He also came back with the Aloha spirit, that still exists today in The Islands.

And make no mistake about it. When someone says the "Islands", they are talking about the Hawaiian Islands. Because, there is NOTHING on this Big Green Earth that even comes close to the Hawaiian Islands. That experience, has been, and is still today, the ultimate, Surfing Experience.

Every surfer, should try and go to Hawaii, at least once in their lifetime. It is the Mecca of our sport and lifestyle. It is our Superbowl. It is everything, you've ever read about in books and magazines, and, it is all, that you have seen on TV and in the movies.

Some will disagree. That's cool. That's surfing, and that's what surfing, is all about. The unique, individuality, that we all live through. I'm just saying, or maybe suggesting, that if you can, you should try and visit The Islands at some point in your life.

You know, there are times, when I get so many photos that I can't possibly post them all in one week. Usually it's after a great swell we've had back here. Other times, it's when they come in from all over the country. That's the case this week. I've had over 150 photos fall into my lap this week.

150 photos? For real? Yes. For real.

It's true. I've got so many dam photos from you guys, that I don't know where to begin. I do know this. I better shut up and post the dam things. I need all the room I can find. I'm going to post as much as I can this week and hopefully I'll find the room in the weeks to come for those that I missed.

Speaking of photos. How many of you caught the trick photo last week? Ha! Just as I went right over your heads. You all are so busy gawking at the waves, that you missed it completely. Go back and take a look see.

Don't Forget The Danny Miller Foundation.
Donations for Late Surfer Danny Miller 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 Summer of 1967 in Northern New England

(Above) I remember the day Jeff Crawford and myself spotted this VW bug buzzing down the Main Street of our hometown. The thing had two Surfboards on it's roof. We both looked at each other in awe. "Hey LOOK! Did you see that? That guy had surfboards on his roof! What the...he....?" You see back in those days, if you saw a vehicle go by
and they had Surf boards on their vehicles, you HAD to stop them and talk to them. It's not like it is today. We weren't trying to hide. We were always looking for other surfers to share our mutual love and respect for the Ocean with.
The VW OCVA Vehicle was HIGH on our Most Wanted List. We eventually did catch up to the vehicle, and it turned
out that the owner Don "Bruzzie " Bowdon was in fact a surfer living in town, and getting ready to go our same High School. Bruz was not just some Surfer. He was from CALIFORNIA! Wow! A Californian! That was big news. To us at least. The OCVA? What did that stand for? It stood for: The Orange County VolkswagenAssociation. Bruzzie was
one of us from that day forward. It was so cool to pull up to the beach with that vehicle. Instant Cool Status.

Photo courtesy of R. Fatello

Today 2007 The John Carden Hawaiian Files Part 1

(Above) Unknown Lucky SOB ripping the lid off of some Hawaiian Juice. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Hey Look at Meeee! Another unknown Lucky SOB stalling for coverage. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Unknown Hawaiian on the green racetrack. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Unknown Hawaiian Madman heading into a sweet section. Photo by John Carden

(Above) No words needed here. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Same here. Photo by John Carden

(Above) The Rocky Point Stroll. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Maui gets Big. Unknown Hawaiian at the proving grounds. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Unknown Hawaiian Backsider. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Local NH Boy Jeff Denholm fitting in quite nicely in Maui. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Local NH Boy Jeff Denholm (center) with Maui Legend Big Wave Rider Ian Walsh (right) and Ian's dad
on the left. Jeffy has it dialed in.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) "Honorable Husband, why does my hair not blow in the 50 mph Kona Winds?" "Because precious wife,
you put so much gunk in your hair, it frozen solid."
Photo by John Carden

*Look for more JC Hawaiian pics in the weeks to follow

Today 2007 Meanwhile Back Home On The Frozen Tundra...

(Above) Lenny Nichols gallery of the Frozen Winter Scenes back here in New England.
by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Cold Winter Scene in New England. Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Colder Winter Scene in New England. Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Even Colder Winter Scene in New England. Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) That's not nice...that's Ice. Winter Scene in New England. Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Cold and lonely. Winter Scene in New England. Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) The End of The Cold. Winter Scene in New England. Photo by Lenny Nichols

Today 2007 The Fantom and Central Cal...part 5

(Above) The Fantom's Favorite. Photo courtesy of The Fantom

(Above) Blue Fantom Rider dropping in. Photo courtesy of The Fantom

(Above) They wear hoods. But don't really need them. Photo courtesy of The Fantom

(Above) Thank you SIR! May I have another? Photo courtesy of The Fantom

(Above) Fantom Recon TEAM 5 reconnoiter the AO. Photo courtesy of The Fantom

(Above) Fantom Mother Ship bringing in supplies and Ammo. Photo courtesy of The Fantom

(Above) The Fantom's Crest?. courtesy of The Fantom

Today 2007 The Vacation Files Part 1

(Above) Tom Bassett sends these pics in from his Family Surf Vacation in CR.
Here's Big Daddy Tom in Costa Rica.
Photo by Jon Lyman

(Above) Daughter Becca Bassett in Costa Rica. Photo by Jon Lyman

(Above) Son Nick Bassett in Costa Rica. Photo by Jon Lyman

(Above) Mom Carol in Costa Rica. Photo by Tom Bassett

Today 2007 Adam Coates Trippy Vacation Files Part 1

(Above) Check out this cat??? Whoa! Photo courtesy of Adam Coates

(Above) Adam's ride. Photo courtesy of Adam Coates

(Above) Self portraits... Photo courtesy of Adam Coates

(Above) Now this ain't right... What the...? Photo courtesy of Adam Coates

Parting Shot 2007 "Don't Look Back, but I think You're Being Followed!"
How big do you think this guy's boat needs to be? He better paddle his ass a little faster than he is.
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