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October 15th, 2007

In spite of all that has happened to me and my family this month, October is still my favorite month of the year. Actually, September, October and November are my three favorites. Anyone who's ever spent anytime in New England will agree, that these 3 months are some of the most beautiful and breathtaking.

With October being my personal favorite.

I do want to thank all of you for the outpouring of emails, flowers, baskets of food and thoughtful cards expressing your condolences and sympathy over my mother's passing. And to those who called and attended the service, I can't thank you enough. I am forever grateful for your thoughts and prayers. I do believe my Mother is in a better place. Thank you all again.

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.

All 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.

Mike Moran can surf the shit out on his Long Board.

That's why I'm doing a little feature flick on him. He is one of the Groove Masters on a longboard round these parts.

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 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.

Still, 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 I believe.

A BIG Shout out to Birthday Girl Arlene Nichols who (seriously) has not aged one day since I first met her some 25 years ago. Happy 50th Birthday Arlene!
Happy B'day to Marky J too! And my sister Evamarie turns 50 on Friday.

The GARY RITCHIE Fundraiser will take place on Saturday December 1st at the American Legion Hall in Hampton. Stay tuned next week for more details.

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 1987 October 'When there was surf'
(Below) 20 years ago we had surf like this. This is Billy Ritchie and Chris Valhouli paddling back out for some
more New England juice. Yes we had surf in October. This is proof.
Photo courtesy of Michael Baytoff

Today 2007 October...My Mother's Sunset

(Above) I took this less than 24 hours after my mother's Funeral Photo by R. Fatello

Today October 2007 Surf and Marriage

(Above) The Newlywed couple. Nohea & Steve. Embarking on a life of family, friends and surfing.I told them on
Saturday that Marriage is like surfing. Some days the surf is good. Some days the surf is not so good. But you're
not going to quit surfing because of a few bad days. You take each day for what it is. Paddle back out no
matter what the conditions and make it work. Congatulations kids!
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Father and daughter...I remember holding Nohea when she was a new born in Hawaii visiting Lenny & Arlene.
Now she's the hands of time wait for no one.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The King's Highway Jam Band. With brothers Chris and Kai on percussion. Later on Crop, Salt and myself
played a version of Lil Wing for the Newlywed couple
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The surf tribe was in attendance and enjoying themselves.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Heather and Dave.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The Raffertys. Kevin, Kaylee and Natasha. Heading back to Hawaii this week. We'll miss them.
Mahalo and Aloha.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The Brothers Rafferty. Kevin, Steve and Pat. As close as brothers can get.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Friday Oct 12-2007 Adam Gustafson. Somewhere in Massachusetts.
Photo by Kevin Doherty

(Above) Friday Oct 12-2007 Adam Gustafson. Massachusetts.
Photo by Kevin Doherty

(Above) Friday Oct 12-2007 Matt Hershburg. Somewhere in Massachusetts.
Photo by Kevin Doherty

(Above) Friday Oct 12-2007 Matt Hershburg. One of the last days of no gloves. Massachusetts.
Photo by Kevin Doherty

(Above) Friday Oct 12-2007 Somewhere in Massachusetts.
Photo by Kevin Doherty

VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) CLICK ON Video (photo) Frame Grab of Bobby Morgan ABOVE FOR a SHORT
WINDOWS MEDIA FILE VIDEO CLIP from North By Northeast VIDEO clip courtesy by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 Random surf scenes

(Above) This is Lake Michigan!
Photo by courtesy of The Internet

(Above) And this is Lake Michigan too!
Photo by courtesy of The Internet


Today 2007 Tidal Bore Surfing?

(Above) Somewhere down south a fresh water brown wave breaks and rolls for miles....
Photo courtesy of the Phantom-net

(Above) Somewhere down south on a massive Tidal Bore Wave.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom-net

(Above) Clean and brown?.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom-net

(Above) Some surfers will surf anything. This looks fun.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom-net

(Above) Surfing a Tidal Bore must be quite the experience.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom-net

(Above) There could be trees and and all kinds of debris in this wave..
Photo courtesy of the Phantom-net

(Above) This is radical brown.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom-net

(Above) This is NUTS! And muddy...
Photo courtesy of the Phantom-net


Today 2007 Parting Shot... Surf Vehicle

(Above) Hello? Are you kidding me?
Photo courtesy of the Phantom-net































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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