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And, I was expecting the worse. No surf.
Surprisingly, I was wrong on all counts. There were no trees down, and, we had power...and (drum roll please) there was surf. Albeit, not very big surf, but surf none the less. And there was still plenty of wind. Oh yea baby.
In fact, we had two swells this week. Thursday, March 6th and Sunday March 9th. And we had WIND and plenty of it for both days. Which brings me to my opening line.
How wind affects your body temps.
I know you medical types will agree with me when I say that we lose more body heat through our exposed heads and skin while surfing than anywhere else. And heads covered in thick hoods, can still be a weak factor round these parts, when the wind is whipping through our neoprene like a wet napkin.
That's a recipe for cold.
Especially the extremities. Talking with Joe Hurley this afternoon after I got out of the water, I was chattering my teeth, and blubbering my words to him. I was telling him how cold my toes were. He pointed out, that the wind on our heads was killing our toes.
I agree with him. My face was wind burned (and anyone who surfed today, will attest to that). It was a stinging wind. The kind of wind and cold, that will question any sane man, on why on earth we live around here.
Look, I'm not questioning why I live here. I know why. But some of you, younger, single surfers, must ask yourselves from time to time. "Why do we live here?" I've written about this dilemma for years. It's the Yin and Yang of living here in New England. It's a bitch.
And I am NOT complaining. I'm just writing out loud.
So how windy was it? I don't know. 30-40, with higher gusts, is my guess. It was windy. But that wind also caused the waves to get hollow. And who among us does not like hollow waves? Hell we all do.
It is the price we pay. You want hollow waves in the winter? Well... ya gots ta suffer baby. Anyone who surfed today, got the wind in their faces. Anyone who surfed today, got cold water flushed down their suits. And my brothers and sisters you all felt the sting and pain. In short, you suffered.
Welcome to New England.
Those of you who read my column each week, will nod and remember, how I am always writing about helping people. And how, that is the way I feel we will all be judged at the end of our lives. Did you stop to help someone. Did you make a difference in someone's life. Did you put a smile on someone's face? These two local surfers who have made a living in their creative fields. Comedy (Jimmy) and Photography (Brian). Have done just that.
What am I talking about?
Jimmy did something really good for a fellow comedian, by helping
put together an amazing line-up of Nationally known comics, to raise money
for his friend and fellow comic Knoxie. Knoxie has been
battling cancer the last couple of years, and although he is doing better,
he and his family, could really use some help. Enter Jimmy Dunn.
Great show, great cause, and it was all in due part to our own Jimmy Dunn. Great job Jimmy.
deep in Nicaragua, our own Brian Nevins has been on a humanitarian
mission by documenting the poor children who live in some of the most
disgusting conditions on earth. Brian has been making friends with
these kids while shooting photos of them. Putting smiles on kids faces
and hugging a child goes a long way in this world. *See some of the photos
Speaking of helping out. PLEASE VOTE to SAVE THE FISH HOUSE on Hampton's Ballot March 11 and VOTE yes on Articles 29, 30 and 31. Help Cinnamon Rainbows owner Dave Cropper out by VOTING YES. Thank you.
and please VOTE YES on the BIKE PATH Article.
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
1980 Greg Smith Charging NEW Hampshire
Getting ready. MVF, Mike Evans and dad Rick.
BHD, same wave.
Mike Moran heels over
Mike Moran on the sweet track.
Brian Blasting the lip.
Empty early morning set.
Early morning sets came in both flavors. Lefts and rights.
Sunday morning cutback.
Photos below taken on Thursday March 6 New England
Nicaragua dump scenes . The following photos were all shot by NH's own
Nicaragua dump scene 2 .
2008 This week in Hawaii
Yea it's a boogie board, but don't try and tell me this is NOT surfing.
It is...no question.
The man. The legend. The one and only...Mr Bernie Baker at work.
2008 Parting Shot..."Hey Mike what are you calling this move?"