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June 10th, 2007

Predicting what a Tropical Storm will do once it gets in our window is pretty hit or miss. Having said that, calling what TD Barry was gonna do for us was no different. Was it worth the effort we all put it to it? Depends on who you ask, and what you consider, surf worthy nowadays.

Clearly, it was not the biggest swell we've ever had this early in the season. While on the other hand, it hung around for a few days. Three and a half days to be exact. He showed up on Monday evening and there was still a dribble left on Thursday morning. Somewhere in between all of that, there were a few moments. I know, because I was witness to them. Both in and out of the water.

But was it photo worthy? Yes and no.

Stills yes. Video...not really. Although, on Tuesday late in the day we had a bona fide Tornado Watch in affect. Seriously, they were calling for potential Tornadoes.
Now as a filmmaker, who shoots local surf and surfers, I was very excited about that prospect. So excited, that I forgot to grab my GL1 when I left my office, and grabbed my Canon G5 instead.

Besides that, I was concerned.

Mackey V and Jesse were out surfing somewhere along our 13.5 mile coastline when the alert came over the airwaves in our area. I went into concerned parent mode. The father in me took over, and I went to get the boys out of the water. After I found them, and called them out of the water, and they were safe (but annoying) in the vehicle, I did manage to shoot some very wild looking clouds (see below) when they came through.

Was it a Tornado? I don't think so. Although it had the eerie same characteristics of becoming one. One thing for sure, it was spawning lightening strikes everywhere in the area and it put a bit of a scare in me and the boys. I jokingly mentioned that if a Tornado had formed I'd be sending the boys out into it. I have shot Hurricanes, Snow storms, Hail storms and Nor'easters, but I've never shot a dam tornado. The temptation was almost too much to bear. The fact that they wanted to do it, brought me back to my senses.

15 year old brains are dangerous.

Getting video of someone surfing a Tornado would of been classic though...albeit stupid. I would not of sent Mackey and Jesse out, but I'll bet there were a couple of surfers around that day who may have bit on that opportunity had it come together.

But, there was no Wizard of Oz looking Twister for us that day. No wild black funnel cloud, sucking surfers up and away for my next movie.... Oh well. But seriously, check out the wild cloud I shot below. It was creepy.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a solo session that I lucked into one morning. I've gotten several emails about it. But nothing surprised me more than hearing my friend Lenny Nichols tell me that the same thing happened to him. Or rather, his family. It was Lenny, Nohea, Stevie, Julia, Hoku and Kai who were treated to a fun sized, chest high session on Wednesday.

The third day of the Barry Swell. "It was unreal. Just our family out surfing perfect waves with the sun setting. We couldn't believe our luck." He told me. I shook my head, and then acknowledged that, in this jaded surf world we all live in, there are still times, when you can score perfection with just you and a few friends, or family members.

You just have to open your eyes and your minds.


Well what did you all think of the big news last week? Seriously, have we all lost our collective minds as a nation or what? No wonder the rest of the world sees us as a bunch of assholes. I'm talking about the Paris Hilton story. Are you freaking kidding me? Is this what we've all become? Look, I know most of you feel like I do. You watch it and shake your head. Or maybe you didn't watch it at all. I don't know. For comedians, the story is ripe with material. For the absolute bored, it is some kind of escape. For the rest of us's a freaking joke! Hell, I even mentioned it a few weeks ago and made some joke about it.

But the travesty of the case is truly mind boggling. First of all, I don't think she warranted going to jail in the first place. Not because she wasn't guilty. Hell no. She shouldn't have been sentenced because, all this did was make her richer and more famous. The sentence was a genius marketing scheme. Trust me, Paris will only benefit from all of this. Poor Paris my ass.

No wonder the Terrorists hate us so much.

Hey I saw something good last week during the Barry Swell that I feel is local news worthy. I saw our local boy Mike Moran out surfing. I had not yet seen him surf this year. From what I could see, he looks as good as he's ever looked. Mike as you may remember suffered a serious accident last winter. We had a local fundraiser for him at Christmas to help incur the high medical costs. He was bumming about not getting back in the water for a long time. Well, like most surfers, Mike is ahead of schedule. I saw him catch waves and do his thing on a Longboard like he never skipped a beat.

He's still one of the best longboarders I know. Not just here in New England, but the world. Anyone who knows him will agree. That boy can surf the shit out of a Longboard.
And...he had Mr 5 Star himself, Sashi out on a Longboard that night as well.

I know I've said this a million times in the past, but it's true. Surfing, can heal all wounds. Or rather help heal your wounds. It may not cure you completely, but it certainly can help you get through difficult times. Whether you're suffering from a loss in the family, death, sickness, divorce, or from the loss of a job and or position. Getting into your wetsuit and paddling out into the ocean can help you get through these difficult times. The simple fact that once you are in the act of actually riding a wave, that's all you are thinking about. It may be a temporary distraction, but it is at that moment, a reconnection with your very soul.
Don't lose sight of that.

Surfing and being a surfer is who we are. It is not a hobby or a sport. It is a part of our lives. It's seared into our hearts and buried deep within our memory. When all seems lost, the simple act of riding a wave can bring you back to the surface. Your loss and problems won't go away, but at least you can put it all into perspective and help sort it all out when your out in the water. That's what surfing is.
It can be your savior.

Good luck to Tony Soprano tonight...

Don't forget. The Fund for the Late Surfer Danny Miller's young son can be made to The Landon Miller Fund through ANY Citizen Bank.
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83 South Road
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Remember my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.



Yesterday 1967 The Late Mike Normand Dropping into summer
Is there surf in heaven? I don't know for sure. I hope so. We've all got a few friends who might be surfing there.
This is a photo of Mike Normand. He had a funny style. Kind of like a lazy, knee bent, casual stance. He could
surf as good as anyone back in the day. And he made his own surf boards. He died at an early age. His best
friend back in the surfing days Peter Hilton, also passed away. I wonder if they surf together in heaven?
I do know his friends and family still miss him.

Photo courtesy of the Competition East Surf Club

Today 2007 Last Tuesday and Wednesday
During the TD Barry Swell...

(Above) Tuesday June 5th. The Groms getting their after school session class. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Tuesday June 5th After the fog burned off and before the Dark Clouds moved in...the pickings were slow
and sloppy. But they were fun. MVF making the best of the open weather window.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Tuesday June 5th Not everyone was concerned about the threatening weather. Local with furry friends
checking the action.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Tuesday June 5th. The clouds move in and it was time to pull the plug on the boys surf session.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Tuesday June 5th.. Jesse and MVF reluctant to leave, finally head in. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) "Don't even think about paddling out here Punk Ass!" Locals defending their spot. Tuesday June 5th.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Tuesday June 5th. Then things got dark and creepy. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Was this the beginning of the possible Tornado? This thing was spitting lightening as it moved over the
open water.
Tuesday June 5th.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) I've seen a lot of weird shit in my life. This was one of the strangest cloud formations I have ever seen.
What would you call this?
Tuesday June 5th.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Tuesday June 5th. Worth a second look. You know the dude driving this vehicle was freaking too!
Dark cloud in Northern New England.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 The Next Day...Wednesday June 6th

(Above) The swell was still there and so was the sun and offshore wind.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Same day, different spot. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Steve Baily riding a board that I want. Dude was that board Olive Drab Green in color? If it is...I want it.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Kyle Linesman throwing some torque into a turn. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Unknown Yellow Longboarder finds the true line home. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Beach scenes in early June. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Meanwhile above it all, the boys practice day in and day out keeping the vigil on our coast.
Thank you for your service.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Another drive by shooting. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Back to the cement zone. One guy sitting there minding his own business. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Then there were two guys... Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Then they all started to show up. Oh well... Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Didn't seem matter to Colby who managed to snag a half dozen or so inside barrels.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Compressed and ready for spring action surfing. Colby sets up on a lefty.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Colby pulling into another clean round hole. I first met Colby a year or two ago. He was eye witness to a
nice stand up barrel I got on my new Fish. I put him on the witness protection plan. He's gotten a lot better in the
past year. Especially finding the sweet hollow spot on our local waves. Hey maybe my barrel had something to do
with his progress...nah maybe not.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 A Few Shots from the Ex-Easties Who Now Live in Westy Land

(Above) Tony Szabo sent in this shot of a Big and Juicy Point Break. Photo by Tony Szabo

(Above) Check out the dude on the outside coming hard off the bottom. Photo by Tony Szabo

(Above) Kyle Howard slamming a lip with Pelicans hooting him on Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle redirecting in Cali. Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle Howard looking like his uncle Robin back in the day...when Robin surfed. Hey Robin you seeing this?
Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle styling turn. Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle Howard dealing with the locals. Photo by Corey Howard

(Above) Kyle Howard just pulling a beautiful turn. According to Kyle's brother Corey, Kyle is excelling in school
and in his surfing. We can't wait for Kyle to come back and visit us all. We got your bunk all set up Kyle.
Boot camp starts when you get here. You better start working out now son. No mercy awaits you.
Just like when your uncle used to visit every summer. Oh yea baby...that's right. Mackey, Jesse and Kody

are waiting. Photo by Corey Howard

Today 2007 Parting Shot....Can you say "Ass Busting Shorebreak!"

(Above) These two shots need no caption. What they need is an ambulance standing by.
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