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February 3rd, 2008

In a few hours from now, we will all know, if the New England Patriots are what everyone is saying they are. The Best Team in the History of the NFL. If they do what we are all hoping they do. They will have won 19 consecutive games. That's two more than the first Undefeated NFL Team, The Miami Dolphins.

Because I am writing this column, hours before the actual game starts, I will not elaborate anymore on this subject until the game is over. Meanwhile, do whatever it is you do to keep the positive Voodoo in check. Rub your Lucky Charms. Wear your Lucky hat. Sit in your lucky seats.
Just do it.

And later on tonight...when we all know one way or another, we can all let out one large collective sigh of relief. And dance the happy dance.***Time 10:30PM THIS JUST IN. GIANTS SHOCK THE WORLD. BEAT PATRIOTS 17-14. Perfect Season Ends. The Sky is Falling...Bill Buckner is alive and well and he's wearing a Patriots Jersey. Oh My God...18-1... and We're ALL Done. CLICK HERE FOR MY TAKE.

Well, I hope you all got to surf this week.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and even Saturday had waves. You must know this. The Surf on Monday and Tuesday in particular was all time. Just check out the pics below. It was firing on 1-28-08.

The Northeast can be a bummer in the Winter when there's no surf or snow. But we've had so many dam swells since November that it's hard to keep up with it. And...we've had a ton of snow since early December. Is this one of the best winters we've ever had?
Well, yes and no.

As always, it depends on who you ask. I'd say it is. Simply because I've been stuck here and have witnessed these multiple swells first hand.

Not since the WINTER of 05 have we had so many good swells. It's been good people. Good enough to stick around and pass on some tropical locale? Hell no. Slipping into a pair of trunks and rash guard sure beats the hell out of clamoring into a 6mil suit any day.

However, if you can't afford to travel, or, you need to stick around for any number of reasons, well, this is the winter to do it. If you stayed home this winter... You scored.

A funny thing happened to me on Saturday as I was paddling back out at the Wall. A dam Seagull almost hit me. It's true. The dam squawker was hit by a gust of wind and it came spiraling out of control and almost hit me in the face. In fact, I sat up on my board and yelled at it. I know I know. That was stupid. I know the dam thing couldn't hear me, and if it did, it wouldn't know why I was yelling at it. Or maybe it did. Who the hell knows.

But it got me thinking.

Has anyone out there ever been hit by a Seagull? I'm not talking about last summer, when your girlfriend was laying on the beach fighting off the gulls who were trying to steal your Cheez-its and it nipped at her. I'm talking about a midair collision in the water. Like what almost happened to me on Saturday. That ever happen to any of you? I mean, that bird dam near poked my eye out! Can you imagine? Talk about freak accidents.

I might have to think about some kind of a shield that Hockey Players and some Football players wear. GULL PROTECT SHIELD. Keeping Gulls and Gull Shit Out Of Your Face.

I better not see this in some New Ad in some surf rag next month. Unless you're an investor. Then call me.


I had another almost embarrassing moment this week after surfing. I could NOT get out of my wetsuit. It's sad but true. I was stuck in that thing, like a trapped wild animal. If my kids weren't around to help me peel it off, I might still be in the dam thing. Don't get me wrong here.

The suit is awesome. I mean it.

It keeps me warmer than any other suit I've ever owned. And the flexibility is so less restricting that it does not feel like a winter suit. I just have a hard time getting in and out of it. Crawling in and out of that tiny hole (I know it stretches) uses up so much energy that I'm dam near exhausted after I get out of it.

Do the SURF GEL guys make a wetsuit lubricant that can assist the dweebs and dorks like me to get in and out of these things? Look, this is nothing new. I've been struggling with this Winter problem ever since I went in through the neck hole a few years back. There's gotta be an easier way.

I'm not Houdini. And I'm not 16 years old. My son Max gets in and out of his suit like it's nothing. No big deal. I don't know , maybe I'm just too old school. Meanwhile, if you see me struggling with my suit in some snowbank with some invisible force. Do me a favor, and help a brother out.

OK I'm going to do something here that I don't normally do. I'm going to ask all the registered Hampton Voters to PLEASE Cast a vote For CHRIS NEVINS on February 5th at the Marston School to be a State Rep. Why? Well, Chris Nevins is a friend of mine. He's a really good guy. I mean that. I like to think that, one of my finer attributes is: To be a Good Judge of Character.

Chris has character. Plain and simple. He's a good man.

And he's willing to reach across the aisle, and help out Democrats, Republicans and Independents. He's going to stop the out of control State spending and he's going to fight to save you money and stem off the potential Sales and Income Tax.

Plus...Chris is the father of local Surf Photographer World Traveler Brian Nevins. So, there is a local surf connection. Chris will help us all. We (Hamptonites) all need Chris Nevins. February 5th 2008 Marston School. From 7:30AM to 8:30PM. VOTE.

This month marks the One year anniversary of Danny Miller's untimely passing. Hard to believe that he's been gone a year already. Rest in Peace Danny. *If you want to contribute to Danny's young son Landon the info is still listed below.

Check out Brian Nevins NEW Website.
Brian's work is insane.

And PLEASE SUPPORT ALL THE Photographers who submit their work here every week.

PLEASE 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.



Yesterday 1979 Vince's Superbowl Wave in the Caribbean
(Below) This photo (or frame grab) was shot during the 1979 Superbowl game. The STEELERS were Playing the COWBOYS. The Steelers won 35-31. I remember not giving a dam hoot about that game. This was the only Superbowl
that I was thinking about that night. The next day was PERFECT. What a difference 29 years makes.
Video Movie Frame Grab by SFOD R. Fatello

2008 ALL Photos BELOW taken on MASSIVE Monday January 28th, 2008
*Next week, it's ALL about the Day After, January 29th 2008...

(Above) This day had all the Hardcore Surfers out and all the Hardcore photographers as well. This one spot had Brian Nevins and Joe Carter on one end, and John Carden, Ed O'Connell and myself on the other end.
It was a Dam BAMATHON out there. Talent in the water and matching talent on the beach.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) The lines were marching in and being held up by the gusting offshore winds. Still, a handful
of locals paddled out to meet and greet the new born swell. Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) If a Peak folds in the bay will anyone hear it?
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) These guys heard it...
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Tell your friends. This is Northern New England. If they don't believe you, laugh in their face.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Mike Moran (on a Longbaord) stroking into a large January Bump.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) There's Gold in New England. You just have to know where to dig for it.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Post game wrap up. "Hey Mike you Voting for Brian's Dad, Chris Nevins on February 5th?" "Mike: "You know it my brother. He's gonna save me some money!"
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Lenny setting up on a Big Brown Bomber.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Big Wide Open Bowl.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Lenny and friends on a Sunny Monday afternoon.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Meanwhile, out the back...a large open face beckons to be ridden.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Kevin "Doc" Grondin pulls into a death barrel. *Look for a sequence to this wave. **And also the
clip of the week has this ride.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Bobby Morgan digging into a nice bottom turn and...
Photo by John Carden

(Above) ...gets High and Tight. Bobby Morgan On the Polka Dot Board.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Marky J cutting back to the SuperBowl.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) From Across the Bay, Ed takes aim and shoots Lenny on a blustery peak.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Another Empty Peak.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Bobby and Marky J split the peak.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Regular foot applies the brakes to stay in the sun.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) JT and LT share a special moment.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Time to straighten out.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Ed took a shot at John and I as we scanned the horizon for action. Jon Gozzo stopped in
to say hello as well. Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) And then John Carden shot Ed.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Then I shot Johnny Sav shooting the surf and John Carden Shooting me.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Then John Carden shot me shooting John Sav and John himself...what the...???? Alright
already enough of this photographer shooting each other frenzy.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) A long shot of the line-up.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) A long shot of the other lineup*See John in the lower right hand corner?
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) CLICK ON Video (photo) Frame Grab of LENNY NICHOLS from 01-28-08 for a SHORT WINDOWS
MEDIA FILE VIDEO CLIP from the Soon to be released SFOD movie TEMPEST!
VIDEO clip courtesy by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Same day...but across the bay.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Unknown at a very well known spot.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Lenny say Cuttie!
Photo by Carl Williams

(Above) Massive Monday. A wave. A surfer. A shoulder.
Photo by Carl Williams

Photo by Carl Williams

Photo by Chris Thompson

Photo by Chris Thompson

Photo by Chris Thompson

(Above) MASSIVE MONDAY NIGHT. Nick Africano reflects on the day.
Photo by Ashton Welch

2008 Tropical Breaks Not in NEW ENGLAND

(Above) Now for a slightly warmer venue from the Cold Northeast courtesy of the Legendary
North Shore lensman, Bernie Baker.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) North Shore sure looks like fun.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) The Tropics are fun for everyone.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Joel Centeio North Shore.
Photo by Bernie Baker

Today 2008 Parting Shot...MASSIVE MONDAY 6 times overhead?

(Above) Check out the dude dropping into a large Hampton (Main Beach) wave. Fun with Photo Shop.
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