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quote Nevins again..."You have to learn to stand before
you can fly." Amen to that.
suspect I'll be trunking it before long.
Lot's of people say they support this and support that. Lot's of people (and surfers in general) claim that they support the Surfrider foundation and want to keep the ocean clean. But how many of you actually do anything about it? I mean, besides picking up your own trash, or dropping the occasional dollar in the jar at some surf related event, how many of you have really put your words into action?
Look, I'm not claiming to be anything of the sort.
I'm like most of you. I care, but my actions are limited to picking up my own trash and educating others to pick up their own trash. OK ,so I've gone beyond the educating part and have made a few undesirables pick up their trash or face serious consequences. But you're missing the point. Or maybe I'm getting off track here. The point is, this week I saw an individual accomplish a pretty impressive feat.
Margo Pellegrino has decided to do something to raise awareness to the perils facing our ocean. This married 40 yr old mother of two is paddling an outrigger canoe from MIAMI to MAINE. She stopped here in Hampton on Friday on her way to MAINE. She started her journey on May 7th of this year. This massive undertaking will cover some 2,000 miles and take 11 weeks to complete.
I was made aware of this incredible feat by local surfer/videographer John Savastano. John helped arrange the Hampton landing and it was by all accounts a pretty impressive day. Local Surf Shops Cinnamon Rainbows & Pioneers, along with other local surf companies like SURF GEL were on hand to welcome Margo and encourage her on her final leg of her journey.
It might not seem like a big deal to some of you, but trust me, taking on an undertaking of these proportions is pretty humbling. Having done something similar back in 2000-2001 when I surfed everyday for one year here in Northern New England, I can tell you first hand, it is a big deal. The hardest part is sticking to the mission. Anyone can quit. Look at the Frenchman Girard who quit after less than one day in an attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean last week. Are you kidding me?
Quitting is easy when it comes to dropping out of commitments. The hard part is sticking it out. Staying the course. Margo has committed to the mission at hand, and she will, I believe, be successful. She's not about to quit.
I've often tried to teach my own children about commitment and seeing things through. Too many times we are all witness to people giving up and quitting. Whether you are paddling out on a good sized day, to trying to make a relationship work. DON'T GIVE UP. NO MATTER WHAT. DON'T GIVE UP. I have no respect for those who quit.
Unless you're talking about quitting something bad like drugs or alcohol or some other abusive bullshit. I'm talking about NOT quitting something significant. A promise. An oath. Something of significance. Something good.
I said, anybody can quit. Anyone. It takes guts and determination to
see something through. It takes character and perseverance. It takes
faith, hope and love.
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
FOR SURF ART
The annual Ralph's SURF Art Column is July 29th! Send in your art images.
No more than 2 images per artist. Make sure you have the following:
1. Title of Art Piece
2. Name of artist.
3. What medium you used.
4. NO PHOTOS.
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All you other webmasters PLEASE pass the word.
1920 A Small Plane lands on Hampton Beach
have been busy out here on Nantucket with season in full swing and all
the associated craziness of
2007 Parting Shot...Just what I thought... No Thanks.
The Phantom scoffs at signs like these.