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May 6th, 2007

Has anyone looked into the crystal ball this week? Talking about potential wave prediction. The Biggest Surf Contest to hit these parts since the RED BULL a few years ago is coming to town. The NERSC is due to arrive sometime on Thursday. The contest is ON. In other words, Surf or No surf. They run them. The gig is just too big to relocate, or to change the dates. It's coming. Having been to a few of these, I can tell you first hand, that if there's Surf, you will see some high caliber surfing the likes of which this section of Northern New England has never seen before.I'm not saying that we don't have our share of good riders here. We do. Stanek, Casey, Garrett, Billy, Zap, Stevie, Mike Moran to name a few. Plus we've got a whole stable of other young rippers who live and surf these waves. And they can surf with the best of them.

It's just that some of these Southern guys (and girls) can surf in a contemporary fashion that is slightly above what we're used to seeing. One of them is Zach Humphries. He was just featured in a photo spread with Brian Nevins. Zach is the real deal. He won the ESA Championships last September in Cape Hatteras in some good size surf. I've seen him surf. He's a freak. In fact, he's in my last Movie NORTH BY NORTHEAST.

Another notable rider is Rob Kelly. This kid's been spit out from a family of known rippers. The list goes on and on. I know some of you are anti-contest and anti crowds.
I hear you. I feel your pain. I used to be like that. In fact, I will go to my grave having NEVER entered a Surf Contest. However, I see the good in it (Now). I see the camaraderie of the different district teams. I see that it breeds team pride. And well, I'm all for the team mentality. Besides, in this day and age where the kids can easily get led astray in the wrong circles (both in the Surf scene and out) contests by and large, are good for the kids. As a parent, I'm all for what's good for the kids.

It's hard to look at Surfing as a team sport. But in this level where it's the many different districts from the Mid-Atlantic states to the Northern New England States competing against each other, it's hard not to root for the Northern boys.

Like I said. It's a fun and highly competitive atmosphere.

Speaking of bad influences. Last week, there was a News Conference concerning St Louis Cardinal pitcher Josh Hancock who was killed the week before when he smashed his SUV into the back of a tow truck. Turns out Josh was drunk at the time of the crash, they found a bag of "pot" in his vehicle, he was NOT wearing seatbelt, he was speeding and...he was talking on his cellphone. Dam Josh. Strike. Strike. Strike. Strike. Strike...YER OUT! Look we've all made dumb mistakes in our lives. But Josh sounded like he had it all going wrong on this night.

Why is it that some lucky SOB millionaires can't seem to get their shit together? How many of you would f_ _k up that bad if you had the kind of cake Josh had? I bet not many. Greedy pompous fools who think they are above the law and consequences. Man...give me the chance to be a millionaire. I'd like to experience the temptation of trying not to mess up. If I win the lottery I'll let a crew follow me around with video cameras to see if I mess up.

And I'm not sure that alcoholics are suffering from a disease either. Getting messed up on booze and drugs seems to be just that. I don't believe it has anything to do with disease. You mean to say that I can catch some booze and drug virus if you're an alcoholic and you sneeze on me? Or, if I eat the wrong food I can suddenly turn into an alcoholic? Sorry. Alcohol and drug abuse is caused by the individual person inhaling the shit. Not some freaking airborne virus, or blood borne disease, or even something hereditary. I don't know. It just seems to be another easy cop out excuse. I think it's more a behavioral problem.

Don't equate Alcoholism with cancer or heart disease.

I'm sure all you cancer survivors out there will agree with me. It would of been nice to beat cancer with some 12 step program wouldn't it? Just like I'm sure someone with an alcohol and or drug problem would love to get a shot of Chemo to cure their problem. Both serious problems.
Just not the same.


And how about Paris Hilton going to jail!!! Oh man wouldn't we all like to be a cockroach in the corner of her cell in June. Here's another case of some rich, out of touch, loser celebrity, thinking that, the rules that all of us "regular folk" have to adhere to, do not apply to her standards. Ha! It's beautiful. Dam, that would be something to see. Paris in jail. I'm sorry, but this clown thinks she can get popped for drunk driving, lose her license and then go back out and get stopped not once more, but twice? You dumb ass Paris! You's going to jail bitch! This ain't no Hilton either girl. No sir. How does a 8 by 12 foot cell with an open toilet sound? And no designer jeans and or makeup. Nosirreebobbee, this celebrity loser will be wearing the standard orange jump suit. LA county jails for women can't be good.

Look, if this shit ever happened to you or me, we'd be inside the big house in a heart beat. These freaking loser celebs think they can get away with all kinds of shit. Well, I guess some have (OJ Simpson, Robert Blake and Phil Spectar), or maybe she thought, with all the shit that Brittany Spears recently got away with, that there was no way some judge would throw the book at her.

Welcome to our world Paris.

I wonder if there will be a new video circulating over the Internet in a few months? The Paris Hilton Jail Tapes.

So you all know by now that the Patriots signed Randy Moss! I had several friends call and ask my opinion and some others who called to say they were disgusted. Look I say bring em all on. Keshawn Johnson, Terrell Owens...and whoever else that fits that bill. We could have our own criminal receiver corps. Belichick could draw up plays around these guys.

Or LOSER POST LOSER SLANT on 3". Look, Randy Moss can help our team. Everyone deserves a second chance. And the man wants a ring. What better team to reach that goal with than our own New England Patriots? I've heard several reliable sources say that,' on paper we look to be the best.' You know what I say right? "We don't play on paper. We play on the field. And anything can happen out there."

But you know what? It's baseball season. Who cares about the Patriots right now? You've got yourselves one hell of a baseball team with the Boston Red Sox. Take advantage of the good times now. Cuz come late August things could change...for the worse.

One more time...don't forget. May 11-13 ESA-NNE Regional Surf Contest at the Wall. Oh and I almost forgot this (duh). Saturday night at the Ashworth there's a massive banquet/raffle/party that YOU are all invited to. The price I believe is $20 and that includes a meal. The raffle and getting listen and rock out to the Original Rock and Blues band The NOR'EASTERS with special guests local band Kings Highway. I play in the Nor'easters along with my brother Johnny and bassist Whitey and Lenny on drums. If you like the guitar driven sound of Stevie Ray meets Jimi Hendrix then you'll dig the Nor'easters. The Regionals being hosted by the local branch of the ESA...NNE (Northern New England) . Check it

Happy Birthday to Jay Gould May 7th,
Leah Grondin May 8th and Gabby Fatello May 9th.'s Tony Szabo's birthday May 9th too!
I can't believe Leah and Gabby are turning 17!!!!
How the hell did that happen?

Please Remember The Danny Miller Foundation.
Donations for 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
North By Northeast

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



Yesterday 1969 Murray's Pool Hall owner Pete Gongas
What does this have to do with surfing you ask? Look closely at this photo. To the left of Peter's head you can
see a reflection in the glass. See the fins of three surfboards? Look closely. There's also the outline of a van.
A surf van. Pete was the owner of this Pool hall on this coastal city on the North Shore of Massachusetts. He
was like a father to us. I spent many a night in that pool hall. Pete would always drive us home if we didn't have
a ride.He thought I was crazy for surfing in the winter. In fact, he thought I was crazy for surfing period.
During the 60's so many of the young men who hung around this pool hall went to Vietnam. Most came back.
Some did not. Some came back wounded. This photo was shot a few days before I left for Vietnam. I used to write
to Pete. He wrote back several times. He died a few years later of cancer. I cried at his wake and funeral. The family
asked me to be a Pall Bearer. I was honored to carry him to his grave. Pete was a WWII Vet.
His wife died a few years ago of cancer. His daughter Cathy died on Friday of cancer. I went to her wake today.
She used to go hang out at the beaches with us when we went surfing.
Rest in Peace Pete, Lucy and Cathy.
Photo by SFOD. R. Fatello

Today 2007 John Carden's Pics Fresh from Indo

(Above) I guess it gets hollow in Indo. Photo by John Carden

(Above) I guess the lefts are good in Indo. Photo by John Carden

(Above) I guess we could all get used to this. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Johnny says it's a Goofy foot heaven. Well, I guess it is. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Alright this is getting seriously hurtful Johnny. How hollow can it get in Indo? Photo by John Carden

(Above) Finally a shot of someone turning. This is John's Brazilian buddy Andre Quintanilla carving off the top of a
Ulu section. Now was this taken before, or after the dam barrel Johnny?
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Water taxi service in Indo. Photo by John Carden

(Above) Wait? Is that you John? What the...? Who's taking the photo? Andre? Photo by The Boogey man

(Above) Andre showing Johnny how it's done in Brazil. Photo by Boogwitch man?

(Above) DON'T LOOK AT THIS PHOTO! Too late...I tried to warn ya. Is this sickening or what?
I guess the lefts are good in Indo.
Photo by John Carden

Today 2007 Back to The COLD Reality of New England

(Above) Brendan Dyer sends this pic in of someone snapping a turn in Lobster land.
Photo by
Brendan Dyer

(Above) There are lefts in New England. Photo by Christian Kozowyk

(Above) And...there are rights in New England. Photo by Christian Kozowyk

(Above) There are some places where you can drive right up and take a peek in New England.
Photo by
Christian Ko

(Above) While still others, you can grab a rail and watch it all go by in New England. Photo by Christian Kozowyk

(Above) NERSC t-shirt for this week's ESA contest at the Wall May 11-13, 2007

Today 2007 Best Wishes From The Phantom

(Above) The Phantom says" "Wish you and your friends were here Ralph...NOT!"
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

Today 2007 Parting Shot....John Carden Getting Steve Irwin On Us!

(Above) Carden and friends with a local serpent. That thing crawl up inside your sleeping bag Johnny?
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