49 out of 51 weeks of surfable waves.
years ago today, my father took his last breath on this earth.
He closed his eyes and slipped away forever. I was there to see
him off. It's hard to believe that he's been gone that long. Last
night talking with two local Surfer brothers Rick and John
Savastano, they asked me, "Wait, are you saying that
your Catch a Wave For Gus" surfing everyday for one
year, was 10 years ago?" It will be this Summer. My
father passed on February 7th 2000, and I started my Surf
Undertaking that Summer. July 26, 2000. I rode my last
wave 365 days later on July 26, 2001. So next year,
will be the 10th anniversary for that little endeavor.
Ten years goes by in a heartbeat.
This coming weekend will be one year that Lil Miss Molly Rowlee
was diagnosed with cancer. Time waits for no one. Speaking of
Molly, there's a great benefit coming up next month in her
name and foundation that will be fun for all. The Boston Bruins
Alumni will play the SURFERS in a charity Ice Hockey
game. There's still plenty of ad space left in the program for
anyone looking to sponsor this cool event. And hey, don't think
for a moment that some of these Surfers can't skate. Because,
I know for a fact, that they can. These bad ass Bruins
better bring their best game on Sunday, March 21st at 4PM at
the RINKS in Exeter, NH because the SURFERS are coming
with theirs. Just click on the ad on the right hand column and
find out how you can get tix or sponsor the event.
My money is on the SURFERS.
The other day I sat in my studio, and watched in High Definition
on one of my computers, the "Live Action" from the amazing
VOLCOM PRO at Pipe. 10 years ago who would of thought
that we'd be doing that? I mean in High Def. It was amazing to
watch. Just like watching the EDDIE in December.
Watching Surfing live on your computer is unbelievable. Mostly
because the camera is always running. There's no quick edits and
jumps, like watching a contemporary viddy on YouTube or
This is happening live, and it's clear and sharp, and it's deceiving.
How's that? Well, there were several times throughout the FINALS
that I watched and thought to myself..."You know what?, if
I was there, I could surf that." And trust me, that's deceiving,
because no sooner do I utter those thoughts, that a solid 8-10'
face pops up on the reef, and throws out so far and just grinds
itself into the coral.
And my fantasy turns to a teeth on the reef horror.
I mean really, who am I kidding? Me surfing Pipe at my
age? Give me a break, I'd kill myself or worse, someone else.
Like some jacked HUI member just waiting for some stupid
Haole Boy to mess up. That would be me. Surfing the North Shore
is the pinnacle of anyone's surfing ability. There was a time
in my life when I felt confident out there. I surfed it many times
with friends in the 70's and 80's. Those days are behind
me now. Way behind me.
Still....I'd think, I could surf that. Of course, I'm looking
at 5 guys out surfing perfect 6-8' glassy pipe in a
contest. That's not gonna happen in my lifetime. I will never
ever be in that position. Ha. You kidding me? If I'm out on the
North Shore, there's gonna be 100 to 500 people
in the water at Pipe and every one of them can surf better
than me. But I also know, that a boatload of our Local Surfers
could easily handle that surf. So maybe, my fantasy needs to shift
gears to the local guys (and girls) who could actually surf Pipe
and surf it good. Stevie, Zappy, Stanek, Billy, Moran, Tobey,
Doc, Crop, Phil, Kyle, Lars, hell even Mackey V. There's
too many to name. Local Northern New England surfers who
could easily fit into that category. Easily.
Let's call 'em Potential Pipe Riders. I can see any one
of them surfing Pipe.
But for me, watching it live on my PC was sooo cool. I'm
sure there were hundreds of thousands of others doing the same
all over the world. How about that dang Internet kids? Ain't it
Speaking of local surfing. I know most of you know about the RUN.
And not just my movie, but the actual Run itself. You know, the
Waist High or better at least once every week. This week is 49
out of 51 weeks. And I know, I need to point out, that on
Thursday February 4th the surf in Maine and here
in NH had an occasional set wave that topped off at waist
high. The problem I had was, there was not a soul out anywhere.
NOBODY Surfing for miles in either direction. Where the hell were
And for the record, I was not alone in calling the surf waist
high. Bobby Morgan in Maine said he saw waist high
surf, and Patrick at Zapstix was calling it Waist
High on their blog. I ended up shooting the small empty waves
with no real way to gauge the size. I had my daughter Gabby
with me and had her stand on the shore...but even that is difficult
to judge. Still, any surfer worth his salt knows by the photos,
that there could of easily have been an occasional "rogue
waist high" wave. And that's what I'm basing this week's
continued RUN on. What I saw and photographed, and the
eye witness accounts of Bobby in Maine, and Patrick
Still, I welcome any feedback and challenges to my claim. But
you had better do some research first. Starting with checking
the archives here on this site. I have documented each week. And
according to my well documented records, there have only been
two weeks with waves less than waist high. I have the proof. So,
you better have something better than just an opinion. Because,
you know what they say about opinions.
Opinions are like A--holes. Everyone has one.
for some of my weekly Global observances:
Looks like the darkness has once again fallen on our Surf world.
Both here in New England and down South in Florida.
The tragic death of 16yr old Olivia Marchand this week
has affected some in this surf community. One being Bill Grisanzi
who was friends with Olivia's Mom when they were young
groms growing up. Olivia herself loved Surfing. It is a
tragedy beyond words.
Rest in Peace Little Surfer Girl.
The other surf tragedy is the Shark Attack on Steve Schaffon
in Florida. Steve was attacked by a school of Bull
Sharks while Kite Surfing in Florida last week. Yes
he was on a Kite Surfer when attacked, but he was a hard core
surfer by all who knew and loved him. The Lifeguard who swam out
to rescue him, should be awarded all kinds of medals and pay raises.
The Lifeguard was himself a surfer and a victim of a shark attack.
It is one of our worst nightmare's as surfers. Rest In Peace Steve.
OK, I was not going to go down this bumpy political road this
week, as to not offend my own late parents, who were hardcore
Democrats, but I could not help myself. However, when I
heard that President Obama and the White House recently
set aside $200 Million dollars to spend on the trials of
the 9-11 self confessed cowards Kaleik Sheik Mohammed KSM
and his other cowardly co-horts I had to speak up.
They are still looking for a place to hold this circus trial.
May I suggest something here. I mean, if President Obama
is serious about saving our economy, and getting people back to
work, why don't we do this. Have the trial at GITMO for
under $1 Million and give the other $199 million
back to those who are out of work. Sound like a good idea? Come
on Baracky. Come on...
Speaking of loser coward Terrorists. What is up with Umar Farouk
Abdulmatallab...or better known as the Christmas Day Bomber
or the less popular Underwear Bomber? I mean which
is it? The Christmas Day Bomber or The Underwear Bomber?
If it's The Christmas Day Bomber, isn't it Politically
incorrect to say Christmas? Shouldn't we just call him
the Happy Holidays Bomber?
I mean, we wouldn't want to offend anyone out there by saying
Christmas. And what is the deal with these Radical Islamic
Loser Cowards using articles of clothing for their potential
dastardly deeds? Like The Shoe Bomber Richard Reed. So
we now have the Shoe Bomber and The Underwear Bomber.
What's next The Hanky Bomber or the Bra Bomber?
So by the time most of you read
this, we will all know who the 44th Super Bowl Champs are.
Will it be the Colts? Or The Saints?
We want the Saints.
With two ex-Pats
TE Dave Thomas and CB
Randall Gay...those are our local New England ties. So...Go
Rest In Peace Olivia Marchand.
Rest In Peace Steve Schaffon
Well soon Kim Grondin!
*Last week I mistakenly identified our BDI
of the week as Erica Harris when I should of identified her as
Erica Nardone. Sorry about that guys.
GO SAINTS! BEAT the COLTS and Peyton Manning please.
Check out longtime RPOTW contributor Brian Nevins's New Website
In The Van.
Lots of cool pics by Brian and Nick Lavecchia and some slick viddy
work from master Videographer Joe Carter.
PLEASE HELP THE NH SURFRIDER FOUNDATION.
give to the RED CROSS or some other trusted organization
to help those people. Like Hope
For Haiti. This was featured on most of the late
night talk shows. It is legit and can be trusted. Just like the
RED CROSS. www.redcross.org
Help these people. Please.
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Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.