17th, 2007 Fathers Day
You know, last week I mentioned the difficulty of predicting what a Tropical
Storm or Tropical Depression would do for us here in Northern
New England. Well, I have to say, that what happened here this week
was the opposite end of that spectrum and quite frankly, the good side
of the unpredictability (is that a real word?) of predicting storms and
swells. If you are reading this column, you are obviously caught up in
the current world of technology, and are tuned into the many ways of checking
the wave cams, reading the buoys, and a number of different websites that
will let you know where and when the swell is happening.
If you don't know about this vast amount of FREE swell information...well,
I'm sorry, I can't help you. And if you missed this week's worth of waves
because you didn't know about it...well, YOU REALLY MISSED IT. Slap yourself
across the lips and call yourself a dumb ass. If you had other commitment's,
such as work, school or otherwise, I hope you at least snuck out and got
some after work. Was it that good? You know what? I think it was. I mean
the water temps were reasonable. The air temps were good, and the swell
was good size, and it hung around for days. The only problem was the wind.
It was not that good as far as keeping it clean. But the winds were favorable
for keeping the swell around.
Really, from Tuesday thru Saturday, you couldn't ask for
a better warm up summer session. Well, you could, but you'd be greedy
This swell, which we should call, the Fathers Day Swell of 2007
or the Father's Day-High School Graduation Swell of 2007 will be
looked upon favorably, as perhaps the beginning of the (dare I say this?)
Best Summer Since 05. I mean...things are looking good. Real good.
If this summer does not pan out to be one of the best in recent years,
I will accept full responsibility, and I will step down from my position
here at the website as your weekly web journalist, and retire (hey I hear
a few of you cheering...now why ya gotta be so hurtful?).
Seriously...there's rumblings of yet another sneaky swell entering into
our friendly Northern New England window. Can you handle another
few days of surf?
Do yourselves a favor and start getting your projects done now. We get
another week long swell, and some of you will be looking for work and
So this week, some of the young groms of yesterday actually graduated
from High School. Dougie Fresh and Mattie Evans are just
two of another bumper crop of surfers who have made through the academic
12 step program. 12 years of school. Some of you will be going off to
college. Some will be entering the work force. Some will be joining the
military. Some of you will do nothing, and just go surfing. You should
do something with your life besides surf and live off your mom and dad
Don't be a slacker. Keep your heads on straight. You all know what's good
and what's bad out there. You don't need people like me pointing the way
for you. You have parents and teachers who have spent the better part
of your life trying to guide you. Most of you also have spiritual guidance.
There's nothing better than to have your parents, your teachers, your
family and friends and your God be in your camp.
a lot of positive energy to tap into.
of course, you have surfing. But truth be told here. You can surf with
any of the options I listed above. Including the military. Surfers have
always figured out a way to get into water. Don't know how some of them
do it. I just know they do it.
else can you explain the year round crowds?
today is Fathers Day. I hope you all either got to see your dad, or called
your dad today. Or if your dad has passed even recently, I hope you get
to spend some time with your Mom and or siblings. I know how hard it is
today for some of you. Just like Mothers Day a few weeks ago. It's hard.
You want to pick up the phone to call them, but you can't. It's hard.
But some of you who have recently lost your dad or someone close to you
who is a dad, you need to remember that your own children need you today.
Seriously, if you're a father who has children, and I mean children of
any age you need to focus on them. It's OK to be sad today, but you need
to be there for your children. Besides what would your dad say if he were
here right now? He'd probably tell you that it's OK, but you need to go
to your own children. This is the cycle of life. I know that sometimes
things don't go as we plan them, but we're not the ones calling the shots.There
is a higher being doing all of that. We're just here for the ride.
If your dad were still around he'd probably tell you to "Listen to
that guy Ralph and get your shit together this week...there's more
to all you surf dads out there, I hope you get to spend time with your
kids today, at or near the beach. What kid does NOT like the beach? Seriously.
What kid on this planet hates going to the beach? The fact that you're
a surfer already puts you in the "My Dad's Cool" Department.
You kidding me? Your kids think you're the coolest dad.
the cats meow. You're the man. You're a Surfer.
Same with you guys who have no kids. Maybe you're an uncle or friend
of a surf pop. You too can enjoy this day. You're a surf Poppy or Surf
Uncle today. We acknowledge you today as well. In Hawaii everyone is
an uncle or an aunt. That's kind of the way we look at it all here on
the beach. We are one big family...a dysfunctional family, but a family
none the less.
dig it...enjoy the day all my fellow Surf Pops.
speaking of pops, what did you all think of the ending of the Sopranos
last week? I know some of you don't get HBO and a good number
of you don't watch the show period. But, I also know that a good bunch
of you Good Fellas and Good Gals watch it. Or rather, used to watch.
It's over now. If you don't mind me saying, I thought the ending was
pure genius. It was the perfect ending for that series. Why? Well, for
the obvious reasons. First and foremost, now the show is open to a number
of options. They could come back with either a new series, or a full
other reason is, by having the screen go black with sans music, they
left it up to you the viewer to decide if Tony and his family
got whacked or not. Are you kidding me...? That was a great ending to
an amazing series. I for one feel good about it. I like the feeling
of hope being an option. I don't care if there's only a sliver of hope.
I have a hard time giving up on anything. I want to believe that there
will be something else. Just like in life. I believe there is something
else beyond this world. I believe.
Faith, Hope and Love.
what kind of a Fathers Day would Carmela, Meadow and AJ
have if Tony got whacked? Mardone...it would of been terrible.
Awful. Instead we can imagine the family Sopranos all celebrating
Tony and his ilk as a glorious day in New Jersey.
Congrats to the local ESA-NNE District for pulling off their
first contest of the summer with good surf. Hell, it was great surf
for a contest. The people who surf in these contests have so much more
fun when the surf's going off. Lenny, Arlene and Bob can feel
good about this one.
contest is on call for June 30th at Long Sands Beach in York
column this week is NOT all candy and roses. Hardly.
were a couple of heated exchanges this week in the water that caused
some of us to take note. I will say that they never went beyond some
yelling, and carrying on. However, we need to quell this now, before
it gets to the next level. Everyone needs to just calm down, and try
and get some kind of order out there in the water.
do I mean?
for starters, no one likes it when one or two people seem to get all
the waves. No matter if they are on a LB, or a short board. You need
to be aware of what you're doing out there. What may be fun for you
can get on someone else's nerves. I know, I've been on both sides of
I'm not saying that you need to give waves to beginners, or anything
like that. Beginners need to learn on their own out there. They should
all be aware of that. If you're a beginner you can't possibly expect
to get a set wave when the first swell of the summer hits. You need
to earn that slot in the pecking order. I'm talking about those who
should know better.
line.You can't take all the set waves, and you can't be swearing and
yelling at older respected Surfers in front of their kids. We need to
share the surf and be calm. We are one step away at having the whole
thing shut down if things get out of hand. So lets work together and
please show respect to those who came before you.
matter what their skill level.
forget. The Fund for the Late Surfer Danny Miller's 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
below to see Danny Tribute or see Danny Surfing
Tribute to Danny.
North By Northeast
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.