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June 3rd , 2007

And so my friends, it begins. The season of glory, or mis calculations. Tropical Storms and Hurricanes. And right on cue, the first Atlantic storm appears to be in our window. TD Barry formerly known as TS Barry. All eyes are looking south as Barry makes his way into the Atlantic and surges northward. Will Barry strengthen or will it weaken ? The million dollar question is upon us.
I'm sure the blogs are all lit up, as everyone with any kind of reasonable surf knowledge has weighed in. I can hear the gears in all the surf brains churning.

Excuses for missing school and work are being formulated as I write this. Let's face it, if you want to be a hardcore surfer in these parts, you better know how to BS your boss, teacher, girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband and your parents. Lying is important when it comes to surfing in New England. We can't count on there being surf everyday, so when we do get it, we have to make room for it. That means we need to think on our feet. Make quick decisions and basically come up with a believable lie.

You just better be careful not to use the same lie as your coworker or fellow student. Nothing worse than crossover lies getting in your way. Work together when you hatch some harebrained BS story on why you can't go to school or show up for work. Like maybe you use the current TB scare that's freaking the whole country out. Tell your boss or teacher, that you think you and your buddies may have come in contact with that dude who has TB, and you're going to have yourself checked out. You know, you don't want to risk getting the class, or the office all be exposed. Tell them not to worry, that you more than likely don't have TB, but you thought, better safe than sorry.

Of course, you could just tell them the truth.

But then you'd miss the surf. And what if, there is NO surf. Then you've risked it all for nothing. What a dilemma surfers are faced with. You could do the before school or work routine. It is light at 4:30AM. Then there's always the after work, or after school sessions. If I may put my two cents in, I'd vote for the latter. Of course, I'm being selfish thinking only of me and my friends.

But hey, that's what surfing is all about. Busting your buddies balls when it comes to getting waves.

Speaking of which, I had several close friends of mine get on my case about my column last week. For those who missed it, I wrote about a solo session that I lucked into. These two friends were beyond incredulous when they read it. "Why didn't you call me?" They asked. "Well, if I called you then it wouldn't really be a story worth writing about. I mean I was writing about a soul session with no one out." They were still pissed. But here's the crazy part. My one friend claimed he saw the waves before I showed up. He was witness to the surf. But he had to go to work and couldn't surf.

"Wait, you saw the surf before I showed up?" I asked him. "I did, I saw the surf and was bumming..." he answered. "Let me get this straight, you saw the surf before I did, and you're mad, that I didn't call you, to tell you there was surf?" "That's right" he said.

What's wrong with this picture? Or rather, what's wrong with some surfers?


Well I do hope that you all get some waves this week. In fact, I hope the swell sticks around right through the weekend. There's the first NNE district contest of the season slated for the weekend and it would be nice for them to start off with a bang. The beauty of running these local contests is that Lenny and Arlene can be a bit more flexible when it comes to running a contest or postponing one. Because the contestants all live locally there's no real hassle in moving them around. As long as they get in at least 4 for the summer, they should be OK.

I want to thank everyone who wrote me about last week's Memorial Day column
. I do appreciate it and I am equally pleased that you all get what the day is all about.

I see that we have foiled another Terrorist attempt at blowing up JFK Airport and ultimately a significant number of innocent civilians in New York. Once again, it was radical Muslim extremists, hell bent on destroying America and Americans. Anyone who does not think we are in a Global War On Terrorism is living in a make believe world. And anyone who does not think that this affects surfers is equally clueless.

Terrorists hate you, as much as they hate me. In fact, Terrorists hate the left thinking members of our society way more than they hate moderates and conservatives. Surely you can agree with that? And a terrorist is a terrorist. No matter where they live. I once said that Terrorists are like cancer. You may not see them, but you know they are out there. And you can do one of two things. You can ignore them and hope they go away. Or you can aggressively go after them and destroy them. Because if you don't, they will certainly kill you.

We just had two instances within the last few months to prove that. The Fort Dix foiled mission and this weekend's JFK airport foiled plans. My friends, we need to come together as a nation and combat these evil sons of bitches who are trying to destroy us. This attempt at blowing up JFK was going to worse than 9-11...are you kidding me?

Speaking of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Some of you may be too young to remember JFK. Kennedy was a democrat who served in WWII, and lived on Cape Cod. He no doubt saw the waves on the Cape many times as he walked those beaches. He was a true waterman. There are many who think he was the best president we've ever had. His time was cut short by an assassin's bullet in 1963. I'd like to share part of an excerpt from his inaugural speech in January of 1961...
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, That we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
Like I said, we need to come together as a nation.

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.
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
Danny. North By Northeast

Remember my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.



Yesterday 1977 Tropical Storm "Babe" came to New England
I've always said that empty waves are timeless images. And there is NO difference in a wave that broke last
week from one that broke 30 or more years ago. This wave was shot at the Wall in 1977 but it could very well
have been shot last week, or in a few days when Barry shows up.

Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 Shot Last week
in Hampton. As MyTv Show came to town

(Above) Crop get's fitted for a Mic before the big interview, but it looks like he and Mackey V are more interested
in the video screen watching the latest surf DVD.

Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Shop guys Ross and Josh ham it up for the MyTV crew.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Crop sets up MyTV celeb Marci Francais with the ultimate soft top.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Mackey V and Marci F going over their lines for the beach segment of the show.
*Mackey was able to get Marci into a couple of small waves. She was stoked.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 The Phantom Chases a Small South Swell

(Above) This looks inviting...except we were not invited. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Are these the stairs that lead to the Phantom's domain? Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Looks clean, but how big is it? Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) What looks better to you, the left, or this right? Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Winding down the coast. Lefts a plenty. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Goofy go Lefty. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Coming up, hooded dude in the sweet spot. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Fun looking workable shoulder. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Isolation in 2007. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) A touch of Glass. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

Today 2007 More Indo from John "Bali" Carden

(Above) Grab a helmet, garb a rail and go. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Bali Racetrack. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Big and Beautiful Bali Boats. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Bali colorful turn. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Same dude...different exposure. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Bali Boy leaping For Joy. Photo by John Carden

(Above) The spray says it all. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Setting up for the backside blast. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Carving glass. Photo by John Carden

Today 2007 Parting Shot...."Ronald In Bali..."

(Above) Johnny says there's Mcdonalds everywhere in Bali. Photo by John Carden







































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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