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I guess the most surprising thing about this week's swell and storm was...the lack of snow fall. Don't get me wrong, we got snow. Just not a ton of it as in week's past. There's surf out there. And we all know that's what this column is really about. The snow and snow boarding is just a pleasant distraction from surfing. Albeit, we did have an amazing winter of snow.
But I admit, I snickered at the light dusting we got this morning. I looked at my snow blower in the garage this morning and was thankful I didn't have to crank her up. Pushing that hunk of metal around can be a back breaking chore. Especially if the snow is wet and slushy.
I call it blowing slurpies. You're better off just shoveling that stuff. All you locals know what I'm talking about. Them snow blowers are great in the soft white powder, but really suck in the heavy wet stuff. No, I was glad this morning was a day without snow. I think the mountains may have scored again. And I say good for them, and all the Spring skiers and boarders. They deserve it.
It's been a good winter in New England.
For most people. For others it's been a tough time. Once again there is sadness in our small surf community. That awful disease Cancer has claimed two more lives here on the seacoast. I just found out about both of them. Last week longtime Hampton Surfer Dan Carignan passed away.
Some of you may remember Dan at the Wall. He always hung out between 8th and 10th street. He was very thin with long hair. He drove a white van and had the Purple Heart license plates. He and his son Jason were fixtures at the Wall for many summers. Riding their bikes up and down the Wall. He was a Goofy foot and he rode longboards. He used to ride old relics up until around the year 2000, when he broke down and got himself a modern longboard.
I will personally miss Dan.
He was a good friend to me and my family. He was a Vietnam Vet who served with the Marines as a NAVY Corpsman. Those guys were the Medics for Marines. They were the best. And all the Marines will tell you how much they loved their Corpsmen.
He was always "Doc" to me.
He served with 3rd Btn 3rd Marine Regiment in the 3rd Marine Division. Or as he used to say "3-3-3". He was there from 1968-1969. Dan was wounded twice over there. But I can tell you all right here and now. That Dan saved many young Marine lives.
Dan was a bona fide hero.
Dan loved surfing. And he was never more happier than when he was surfing here with his son Jason and his friends at the Wall on a nice glassy, Summer day. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. And there will be a Paddle For Dan once we find out when Jason will be around, so please stay tuned for that.
And I will miss him yelling down the line up at me... "SADDLE UP!" We had this little thing we did to each other. Those words "Saddle Up" would send a chill down my spine as it did him. It was our own private joke. The last couple of Summers, when Dan got real sick, his son Jason picked up where his dad left off. He started yelling that out. At first I thought it was Dan. When I realized it was his son Jason, I would acknowledge the sentiment, and give Jason a salute to pass on to his pop.
Dan may you rest in peace, and I hope you find that perfect Summer Wall wave..."Saddle Up Brother".
There are services for Tammy today Sunday March 16, 2008 at REMICKS Funeral Home on Lafayette Road in Hampton from 2PM-4PM and then 6PM-8PM. Family and friends are invited.
Some day they will find a cure for cancer and all the other terrible diseases that have caused so much sadness. But until that day comes. They have a cure for helping friends and family in need. All you have to do is give of yourself.
I have always ended each of my weekly columns with the simple line of SURFING HEALS ALL WOUNDS. I mean every single word of it. Surfing is our own private church. There is healing going on out there. Cleanse your soul in the salt water. If that is all you have. Take advantage of Mother Ocean's healing. For Tony and for Jason. When the time is right. Paddle out and em erse yourself in the ocean. You will be truly amazed at what Surfing can really do for you.
THANK YOU HAMPTON VOTERS for SAVING THE FISH HOUSE!Cinnamon Rainbows owner Dave Cropper wants to personally thank all of you who VOTED Yes.
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
1983 Vince Shazam and his Camo Board!
Nicaragua dump scenes Part two. A smile and a hug goes along way.
This is someone's home. Nicaragua reality .
2008 This week of March in Hawaii
(Above)...and in Black and White.
(Above and below)
An amazing Backdoor sequence that many of us will never ever get
2008 Parting Shot..."Happy Saint Patrick's Day!"