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October being my personal favorite.
There's a photo on the cover of the new SURFER'S JOURNAL of a Longboarder who's perched on the nose of his board in a squatting position that defies logic. Have you seen it? I mean, this guy is just sitting over the nose and he's in perfect trim. It almost seems like there's some kind of weight on the tail holding him in. Really a cool photo. It got me thinking about some of the talented longboarders we have around these parts.
Like Mike Moran.
I saw Mike take off on a wave on Thursday late afternoon, October 4th as I was heading down to the Hospice to see my Mom. And what he did on that wave was so freaking mind blowing that I cursed myself for not having my camera. He did a fin first takeoff that seemed at first, to almost spin out of control, but with his unique styling and timing, he pulled that board out of that spin and then he commenced to lean so far back, it seemed an almost impossible angle to recover from, but he did, just as the board straightened out.
Then... he arched into the most soulful, and artistically beautiful, bottom turns I'd ever seen, and pulled up into this wide open face. There, he glided across the face, where he strolled up to the nose, and did his' toes over 'deal. Making slight adjustments, he stepped back and then he did his' heels over' the nose. Unreal.
the while, NO ONE is paying attention. I'm screaming my head off as several
surfers standing nearby next to their vehicles, clamored into their wetsuits.
None of them knowing what I was seeing, or hooting about. Mike then did
a final cutback and swung back up into the remaining face where he did
a graceful kick out. No one in the water paying attention and no one on
land. I shook my head and smiled. It was freaking beautiful.
The surf came here on Friday. It was chest to head high. I was at my mother's funeral so Mackey and I missed it. I could of paddled out at the end of the day when I got back but my whole being was emotionally and physically drained. I was spent from the week long dealings of my mother's passing. It did look like fun.
I hope you all got to surf.
The local surf marriage weekend went off nicely. Steve Rafferty and Nohea Nichols got married at the Rocks early Saturday. And Chris Valhouli and Alison Herriot got hitched in Amesbury. The whole surfing community is happy for both couples and wish them the best.
OK it's Sports talk again. It was a Cowboys and Indians weekend. The Patriots and the Red Sox had another wild weekend. The Patriots are now 6-0 and look dam near unbeatable. They manhandled those Cowboys in a 48-27 romp. Trailing at one point early in the 3rd Qtr the outcome was never in doubt as the offensive power machine of the New England Patriots put their mark on this year's NFL season. The Pats are for real. Is there anyone out there who can't see this?
The Cowboys were never really going to turn it around.Tony Romo faced a defense that put them into a series of 3 and out's so many times it had to have been demoralizing. And as far as the original number ' 81'...please TO...you need to get a reality check. The PATS are 6-0 the Cowboys are 5-1. That's all you need to know TO.
The Patriots face the 0-6 Dolphins next weekend and don't think for a minute that the Dolphins are going to go down easy. They will not. This is a Trap game. In fact, they are all trap games. The whole David vs Goliath theory comes into play here. Every team wants to knock off the undefeated. I mean what better feeling is there out there in sports, to be a team that has nothing going for it, to suddenly knock off the top dog team. Still, I like our chances.
The Red Sox never knew what hit them on Saturday. We all got sucked into a false sense of euphoria, after they took it to the Indians on Friday. I know I thought this weekend was going to go our way. What happened?...was it Gagne? Or something else? I admit, I do not know the detailed mechanics of Baseball. I just don't them. I know the game as a fan who pays attention at the end of the season. It's just that the season is so long for me. I like post season ball. And I am somewhat concerned.
I think the Sox can pull this off. Even if they split the next
series of games in Cleveland. It's all about believeing. And
GARY RITCHIE Fundraiser will take place on Saturday December
1st at the American Legion Hall in Hampton. Stay tuned next
week for more details.
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
1987 October 'When there was surf'
2007 Tidal Bore Surfing?
2007 Parting Shot... Surf Vehicle