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October 22nd, 2007

Like Dane Cook says..."There's Only ONE October!" Last week I said, October was my favorite month of the year. This past weekend reinforced those feelings. Surf on Saturday, SOX win on Saturday Night, The Patriots total domination on Sunday followed by the SOX victory last night. Oh yea baby, October in New England??? It does NOT get any better...actually it does. If the SOX sweep the ROCKIES.

Hey that shit could happen. You kidding me? Hello 2004! We all remember. It could happen. The SOX could Sweep the Rockies and the Pats could keep taking on each NFL opponent like they were some High School team. All of you ex-New Englanders who now live outside of the region must be smiling today. And you have every reason to. Smile away my brothers and sisters. Gloat to your heart's content. You're part of RED SOX NATION and you're still very much a part of PATRIOTS NATION!
Enjoy these days my friends.

These are special days for all of us. Surfers and non-surfers. The SOX and PATS are for real (again) and it's just a joy to be able to be part of it.

Ahhh the sweet smell of October.

I want to again thank all of you for the continued outpouring of sympathy emails, and thoughtful cards expressing your condolences. I think I had over a dozen surfers paddle up to me on Saturday to say how sorry they were to hear of my Mother's recent passing. On behalf of my entire family, we thank you all again.

I end each column with the "Surfing heals all wounds" line. And while I truly believe it does, it was difficult for me to get up and paddle out on Saturday. There had been waves last Friday October 12th and I could of surfed the late afternoon, but having just left the funeral service for my Mother I could not muster up enough surf stoke to do it. Besides the wind was picking up and things got worse (weather wise). So I passed.

Then came the swell on this past Saturday.

My son Max wanted to surf in the worse way, and I just settled in to taking a few video clips with a still here and there. Besides it was overcast and really crowded.

Later, the sun popped out and the tide was just right. Something deep in my soul stirred, and it was enough for me to "practice what I preach". So I paddled out with Max and joined a few other friends.

It ended up being a good fun session and I actually felt good again. Hell, I even managed to get slotted on one wave. My point's true. About that line.

Surfing does heal all wounds.

My friend Jon Gozzo asked me how difficult is it to find something to write about each week. I told him it was not difficult at all. "Are you kidding?" There's always something to write about around here. Then he commented to my son Max about me 'saluting' after one particular ride. He said he'd never seen me do it before. We had to tell him, that I salute at least once every session. Why? Because of some of my late friends who served in the military, who were either killed in action, or, who are no longer able to surf.

I snap off a salute for them.

I'll always throw out at least one for them and for the waves themselves. You know, for those about to surf...I salute you.

The locals were grumbling again over this last swell. I guess the lack of serious size has taken it's toll on the weary. Although listening to Alex Orestis he said the Wall was the best it's been in years last Friday. I don't know about that. But, if it was for him and his friends that's good. That's a good sign of surf stoke coming back. We all need the stoke to keep us going. I was not complaining about the surf or the crowds. Well, I was not complaining out loud.

I've learned through the years (and it's taken me some serious learning curves) to just be calm and smile more. I seem to get more waves being happy than I do being grumpy. And trust me, I've done both. I enjoy each session more by just being...happy. I know it sounds freaking corny, but it's true. In fact, I even admired those who drove some 4 hours from Quebec City to surf these waves on Saturday.

No I have not gone off the deep end.

Think about it. Imagine being that stoked on our New England waves where you would drive 3-4 hours to surf waist to chest high mushy wind blown surf. That my friends is called surf stoke. Same with my boys from Vermont. Those guys are hardcore too. They are New Englanders who love the area they live and work in and would drive the half day to get to our coast to surf these waves. That's Surf Stoke with a capital S. And I for one...Salute Them Too!

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



Yesterday 1975 "Hey Joe where you going with that surfboard in
your hand"
(Below) The late Joe Somogyi (with wetsuit) a local Hampton Surfer. Somewhere with a smile on his face at the beach.
And somewhere today with a smile on his face at some distant beach. Joe loved surfing and Jimi Hendrix.
Photo courtesy of Brother Charlie

(Below) The late Jimi Hendrix. This photo was taken on July 4th 1970. It was the last day of Joe's (above) one
year tour in Vietnam. Hendrix would die a few months later. A bunch of us went to the EXPERIENCE HENDRIX
show at the Casino last Thursday night. It was great to hear some of the new Guitar "Gunslingers" play Jimi's
songs. And it was great to see and Jimi's old bass player "Billy Cox" and drummer "Mitch Mitchell". And the late
Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section Double Trouble as well. Have you ever been experienced?
Photo courtesy of The Internet

Today 2007 October...Saturday the 20th

(Above) Check out this wild looking sky. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Here's a closer look at Saturday's sky. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) MVF embedded in this Wall wave. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The Wall scene. It's always the same. Old and new mixing it up. Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

Today October 12, 2007 The John Carden Surf Files

(Above) While my family and a handful of local surfers were attending my mother's Funeral, the surf came to town
and local surf photog John Carden captured the session.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Wait! Is that you Johnny? Who took the photo? A JC look-a-like cutting back.
Photo by John Carden?

(Above) Mike Moran slotted in a grayish brown cavern.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Casey Lockwood looking up under the pitching lip.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Mike Moran and his flock of friends enjoying the day.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Casey twisting and turning.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) And then launching one on another. Casey Lockwood cut's loose after a major drought.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) A solitary peak folds sans rider.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Slotted (unknown) goofy enjoys the set-up.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Riding the roof is fun. Especially if you land em.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Jon Gozzo through the pilings...Huntington Beach never looked so good.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Casey mid tweak.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) A decent top turn can make your day. Having someone capture it on film can make your year. Unknown.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Johnny Reynolds. Blue barrel.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Casey against the grain.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Gozzo in the froth line.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Mike Moran within the fold.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) A toothy barrel about to encase this stoked goofyfooter.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) For those who wondered how good was October 12th? This photo should tell you. Rest in Peace Mother.
Photo by John Carden

VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

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

Today 2007 A few more Hatteras Scenes...

(Above) Colby Pearson in Cape Hatteras
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Sunrise in Cape Hatteras
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Sunset in Cape Hatteras
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Surfer in NS...this is interesting because the photographer who sent me this, is NOT a surfer
Photo by Dave Trask

Today 2007 Phantom Scores Again

(Above) Somewhere out west. With NO ONE out.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Is this the Phantom? Pre boat launch shenanigans.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Clean and empty...just the way they like it.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Feel the bow lift?
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Surf it? Or Keep going?
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Surf it.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Surf it funky TC style.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) This looks fun. Tom Craig putting on another clinic.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Shortboaders invited too!
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) The paddle back out. Tom Craig is the Man.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) And so it begins. Another season unfolds for the Phantom and his followers..
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) If you can motor by's not a secret.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) On cruise control.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Got boat?
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Smooth turn.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) The Phantom scans the horizon.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) A friendly gathering?
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Somewhere out west.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Opening day.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Victory! The sweet taste of scoring perfection.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

Today 2007 Parting Shot... Wait! Don't go! It's still warm...

(Above) The Cormorants head south and that can mean only one thing. Winter's coming.
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