you are all hip to the surf out there today. It is FUN and it is warm.
Of course I'm talking warm by our standards, not you Cali wooses or Tropical
candy asses. New England style, it's warming up. The surf is head
high and glassy. I went fishing today. Noooo not actual fishing for fish
(I'll leave that to resident Fly Fishing Expert Markey J), no my
friends, I'm talking about Fishing on a FISH. I have a New RED Channel
Island (Shaped by Al Merrick) 6'2" Wide ass and thick
as thick can get (4") two fin FISH. For the record, I have not surfed
on a FISH since 1980. But I remember loving my old 6' 2" Black Fish
almost as much as I loved any board I've ever owned. The FISH Flies. It
felt good to Surf it, even though it took some getting used to. It was
so thick that it floated me like I was on my LB. I was FISHING and I was
Max and I hit the water at 8:30AM and didn't get out until 2:30PM...man
that was a marathon session. I had sooo much to do today too. My buddy
Larry Longboard was saying to me out in the Line-up around 1:00PM..."So
NO column today eh Ralph?" I was like, "What do you mean?I
plan on writing today". "But I just figured with you out surfing
and all, you'd blow it off until tomorrow." I looked at him and smiled.
"Now Larry, why would I do that? I'm very responsible. As
long as I finish by the end of the day. I'm good." He laughed and
paddled for another set wave.
Later on while I was standing next to my vehicle, I saw Larry get
a wave and Max and I commented how good Larry was surfing.
He came hard off the bottom of this overhead left, and dropped his rear
knee and very stylishly skirted across the whitewater, and projected himself
up and into the open face. Big shout out to Larry on his Red Longboard.
Nice wave and nice ride.
I think it's nice to acknowledge your buddies every now and then. Some
of these guys work hard all week, and only get a short window to surf.
Larry was on vacation this week and today was his last day. I'm
glad he got to surf on the last day, and I'm even happier to give him
his due props.
In fact, to all you Surfers who only get to surf every now and then, we
are watching, and we are nodding your waves and efforts. So to all my
buddies I saw and surfed with today, Jacko, Markey J, Mike Keefe, Paul
Cissel, Tobey, Dougie Fresh, Jesse Gould, Kevin and Kody Grondin, Johnny
Meehan, Cory (The Regular Foot), Troy, Steve, Kenny Linseman, Nick, Casey,
John Gozzo, Jon Grady, Shane, Billy Ritchie, Skip, Steve Baily, JT
and everyone else who I may or may not remember...
... we salute you all!
know a bunch of you have seen the INSANE footage at Cinnamon Rainbows
this week. Was it not like I said it would be? I walked in several times
during the week and saw your tongues on the floor, I saw your mouths
wide open (with flies buzzing in and out) I heard the comments, and
the profanities (because it was filthy sick)...I saw and heard it all.
If you haven't seen the footage, you better get your butts down to CR
and scope it out...otherwise, you'll have to wait until next fall when
I feature it in one of my surf movies. Get er done.
Speaking of movies...this is painful for me to write, but I feel as
though I have to. There is a movie in the Shop it's called DRAWING
LINES. It's a movie about two surfers who go on an Endless Summer
type trip, where they Surf from Florida to Maine. Including New
Hampshire. I'm not sure if you've seen it or not, but I need to
say this. Don't bother. Or rather, don't see it if you're expecting
to see any decent surf in New England. In fact, DON'T see it,
if you expect to see a single wave of New Hampshire.There is
none. Not a single wave. Not even a 2' Wall wave. Nada. Zip. Infact,
the whole New England segment is really sad.
Now, you know this pains me to say this, because I make surf movies.
And I know what goes into producing a surf movie. It's a lot of work.
But you can't be promoting a surf movie that has the "Best of
New England" and not show any decent surf in New England.
Infact, there is hardly a wave that is bigger than head high in the
whole dam movie! Now, I don't know about you guys, but dam, we get some
decent surf around these parts. And I know, the surf gets good in Jersey
and Hatteras and even in Florida. Watching this movie
reminded me of watching an average day in the Great Lakes. Do
yourselves a favor, if you want to see surfing in New England,
buy any one of Joe Carter's movies, or one of mine (Surf Free Or
Die)...but don't expect to see anything that you're used to surfing
around here in this movie.
Good concept. Bad Surf. And just OK surfing.
The Patriots have drafted two Offensive players. A Running back
and a wide receiver. Anybody who thinks they know what Bill Belichick
is up to doesn't know squat. The Red Sox can use some hitting
and some pitching... anybody out there want to help?
That's it...I'm going back out surfing with the lad.And
my new RED FISH!
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace.
Surf For Fun.