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Having said all that, I've been getting lots of emails from you guys. 99% positive. I guess having thumbnails is better for most of you. And those who liked the old way, are getting used to the thumbnails. And having the sponsors on the page, has been met with great appreciation. Don't forget, all the sponsors, are Surfers. Gotta keep it clean and fresh, by having those who think like us, advertise with us. I do appreciate your feedback, and I've been trying to answer you all, when time permits. And honestly, I can't thank you enough, for all the great motivation you have instilled in me.
I'll do my best, to keep the heart and soul of the site up front and fresh. Just like I have for the last 6 years. Wow 6 years? That's 624 consecutive weeks worth. What the..? Man...I can't believe that one myself. It's all there in the archives pages, for those who might want to brush up on my past weekly musings.
You may not agree with everything I say, but at least you know, that what I do say, is coming from the depths of my soul. Plus you can always revert right to the photos. What's the old saying? "A Picture's worth a thousand words." Well I posted 171 photos last week. That's a lot of unused words. Although, I do write all the captions. So I guess, that old adage falls somewhat short.
OK, I saw something this past week, that I don't believe I have seen in quite sometime. What's that you ask? After the snow storm we had Sunday night and Monday. And what was that, storm number 104? By the way, can someone find out how many snow falls we've had this winter? I'm sure you can google the question, and it will pop up. Better yet, I don't want to know. So what did I see? It's more a matter, of what I didn't see. And what I didn't see, was this...
...People shoveling their driveways.
Speaking of the ocean, I noticed something the other day, while flipping through a magazine, that had nothing to do with surfing. But in this one particular photo, was this made up, model type, looking family. I'm not sure what the product was they were selling, but that's not important. What was important, was the ocean in the background. It was messy and onshore. Then I got to thinking, at how many TV spots we've seen, with the ocean being used as a backdrop. And more times than not, the ocean is a messy, sloppy, onshore junk. Clearly the director, and or photographer's, are not surfers.
So my guess is, the TV spots that do have clean surf, in the background, must of had a surfer as part of their creative team. Because, no real surfer, would allow junk surf in his commercial. No matter what they are selling. Surfer's,would never sell their soul to junk surf. Case in point. If one of RPOTW sponsors came to me with an ad, that had junky surf, I'd have to send it back. We have to draw the line somewhere. I mean, if you have junky, onshore sloppy looking surf in your ad, what does that say about your business? Unless it's a Bargain store, or thrift shop, you need to set a tone. Clean surf says you care. Perfect surf, says you have quality and integrity.
Junky, onshore crap, is unacceptable here. (Unless it's contest surf pics). What?
Speaking of clean and junky surf. The surf on Wednesday and Thursday was both. Wednesday had size, but the conditions were somewhat sloppy. While Thursday had the clean lines, but lost the size and power. And both days were cold. Not as cold as it has been in the past. But pretty freaking cold. I shot a sunset and a sunrise. It's been a while since I shot a sunrise. There's a whole gang of pre-work, or preschool surfers, who get their wave quota in before work. They show up at zero-dark-thirty. It was kind of neat watching them. Especially in light of the fact, that the surf was really not that good. Or, it seemed that way at first. It ended up being better than I originally had thought. And that, was in due part, to the genuine stoke, of the handful of surfers out there. I knew two of them. Bryon Rivers and Chris Duarte. They were stoked.
And I was stoked, to shoot a couple of their waves.
But honestly, I was more stoked at shooting the rising sun. There was a longboarder who I did not know, who was sitting on his board, watching the sun rise, and I was trying to imagine what he was thinking about. It's those moments in surfing, when you can really put things in your life, into perspective. I stood there, freezing on the icy film on the sand, snapping away. And wondering about my own life situations, while wondering what this guy was thinking. And it occurred to me (again), about my own tagline of "Surfing heals all wounds". I was secretly hoping, that his life was free of worry and pain. And that he would leave this session, just feeling good about life.
Because we all know, that life is not a bowl of cherries.
Or in our case, a clean offshore head high swell. There are times when your life is like an onshore, cloudy, drizzly small, junky surf day. And like all bumps in the road, it is all in your attitude, as to how you get through it. How do you approach these days? Can you see through the junky surf? Do you know, and believe, that there are better days ahead? I know of many individuals who have positive outlooks on life. There are many in our lives. And there are just as many, who do not. Some who seem happy on the outside, but inside, they are tormented and full of loneliness and despair. I truly hope, those individuals eventually come around. And to those who feel that way, who are surfers, need to get out into the ocean, and cleanse your souls. Do it. Paddle out and let the healing power, of Mother Ocean, clean you, of all that is troubling you.
are two people, who I write about frequently, who are full of optimism
and whom you are all aware of. First is Buck Rowlee. Buck
and his beautiful wife Meg and their two small children Molly
and Kieran have had a slightly onshore storm sweep into their
lives as of late. Their daughter, Lil Miss Molly had been diagnosed
with Lymphoma. I saw Buck at the Fitness Revolution on
Lafayette Road (Rte 1),
Miss Molly has a treatable and curable cancer. And I believe she will be cured by the wonderful care of doctors and nurses, but more importantly, she will be cured by the power of prayer and positive thinking.
overwhelming surge of friends, neighbors, surfers and non surfers, family
and relatives has been such a positive movement that it's hard not to
get caught up into it. And leading that charge is Buck himself.
There's still plenty of things going on for Lil Miss Molly and
you can find out most of it on the Ralph's
is the info for the ONLINE Auction.
The other individual I often speak about is Brian Nevins. Brian is currently back in Nicaragua at LaChureca where the children of the Dump live. Surely, you have seen the photos over the last few months that Brian has taken. This is I believe, is his 3rd or 4th trip down there. This time, he is joined by his beautiful girlfriend Samantha. I spoke briefly with the two of them, before they left. Sam was a bit apprehensive as you can very well imagine. But, she was full of conviction, to help join Brian and educate both the families of Nicaragua, and the world, of this plight, concerning these lost, forgotten souls. I have often said, That we will all be judged by what we did here on earth. Did you stop and help someone along the way? Did you make someone else's life better? Did you make someone smile today? Did you sacrifice a part of you to help someone else in need?
I think we can all agree, that Brian and now Sam, have met some of those.
for some of my weekly observances:
So, did anyone see the story in the Boston Globe about the Chimpanzee in Stockholm? Apparently this crazed Chimp named "Santino" had secretly stashed a bunch of rocks in his enclosure, before the park was open, he waited until midday, when the zoo was crowded, and then hurled these large rocks at zoo visitors, in fits of rage. This according to Zoo officials and researchers, has confirmed, that Apes can plan ahead, just like humans. No kidding. Hell, I could of told you all that. Like I said a few weeks ago, Apes and Monkeys are dangerous and unpredictable. I didn't trust em then, and I don't trust em now. Can you imagine a 31yr old Chimpanzee who weighs around 200lbs throwing rocks at you? I don't think so.
another reason why, we should not have apes in our home. That Chimp
"Santino" must of had at least a 100mph fastball.
On second thought, maybe the Sox could use him as a closer. Why
the hell not? Hey, if a fight breaks out, that Chimp would kick
some serious ass.
onto your seats, I have a couple of passing's to report. First, is Jimmy
Boyd. Jimmy passed away at the age of 70 this past
week. Who the hell is Jimmy Boyd you ask? Well, all you Christians
might remember him as, the little boy voice on the Christmas
classic tune "I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus".
Rest in Peace Jimmy. The second is, Alan Livingston. Alan
was 91 and he passed away yesterday. Again, who the hell is Alan
Livingston? Alan was the creator of BOZO the Clown.
If you don't know who Bozo is well...nevermind. Rest in Peace
out the shout out in the NEW
ESM magazine about my two latest releases. "GREETING
SEASONS" and "Groovemasters"
both are in the shops!
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my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
All photos by Lenny Nichols
(Above) Sam Hammer at The Wall on March 3rd,
2009 Brian Nevins back in Nica
2009 NE Boys In The Tropics
2009 PARTING SHOT- "Thar She Blows!"
Hard to tell what is happening here. No doubt, this guy didn't spot
the wave behind him, otherwise why would be put himself in this precarious