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Consider donating them to your local High School surf team! I think there are 14 schools in NJ plus Long Beach HS in New York, and the teams can either use the gear or perhaps sell of your stuff as a fundraiser for their events.

Holiday weeks are always good for catching up on things, and this one gave me the chance to catch the latest episode of Swell Season Radio, featuring our very own @Seppo1 and his co-host, Ben Pomeroy. With no official guest for the week, Tyler "interviewed" Ben, but in reality, it kind of felt like I was sitting in on a couple of friends simply talking surf and life and stuff and just having a good conversation - it was a very enjoyable listen. At multiple points I felt myself wishing I was in the studio live with them so I could join in the conversation!

They guys are off for the holidays and will back on 2019 with all new weekly episodes that air on Tuesdays from 8-9PM live from Wax studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn - you can catch the live broadcast on their website: ....or.....

You can do what I do and catch up with them on Spotify - simply search Swell Season Radio -

You can also catch them on multiple other media outlets, including SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube, if that's what you prefer.

Give the guys a listen - you'll thank me for it!


Look Ma They Killed Lincoln Again

I hardly ever venture over to Lincoln to surf, preferring to surf a somewhat smaller wave instead of dealing with the crowds....but seeing that break destroyed still broke my heart. Multiple times this year I would check it out as I rode the boardwalk, it was breaking there as well as anywhere on the boardwalk, and perhaps as well as it ever has. And now it's buried. Ugh.  :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\

Looks like it's headed for our swell window...finger's crossed!

 ;D ;D

I've barely surfed the entire month, and there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight. Ugh. Hope September is better...

Here's the latest Tropical Update:

Felt good to get in the water - it's been a while. That darn work thing has been kicking my a$$ lately.

All good now, though - water is warming up quickly, sun is out, and the wind is offshore somewhere - get some if you can!


Swam with it (Apple Watch) with no problem - but I admit I did it only once, I felt like I was tempting fate.

As far as apps go, I have to check with @nycwipeout - I know he uses one routinely and seems pretty happy with it.

Jake, NYHC and moi have started pumping out the next generation sand flea army.


All good stuff! How's this, @chizler : Grom just got admitted to law school, and cubscout (my daughter) just got engaged!

Really good writeup in Surfer about the guy who, in addition to being among the first surfers to study wave and board mechanics, set the mold for all the big wave riders that followed.

Here's an excerpt:

"Born and raised in Honolulu, Downing surfed Hawaii in the ’40s on finless Hot Curls made out of redwood. He was a surfer responsible for many firsts in the sport, and in 1950 he produced the first surfboard with a removable fin. Eight years later he and a handful of other surfers rode awe-inspiring 30-foot waves at Makaha, pushing the boundaries of what was believed to be possible at the time."

Click here for the full article --->

Rest in peace, Mr. Downing. Your impact on all of us will last on.

Will wrap it up at Bells.


Here's Mick's Statement:
It’s time.
I’ve decided the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach will be my last event as a full-time competitor on the World Surf League Championship Tour. The tour has given me so much but I need a fresh challenge. I still love the game but can’t find the motivation and dedication required to compete for World Titles anymore.
My time on tour has been incredibly rewarding and I have so many amazing memories, all of which wouldn’t be possible without some very special people...
My Mum, Dad, Sister and Brothers. I love you.
My sponsors that have stood by me and continue to back my goals.
My shaper Darren Handley and his entire team for the care and hard work they put into every single one of my boards.
My fellow competitors on tour, you are like brothers and sisters to me.
My very tight support crew that have been there in good and tough times, thank you for always being honest with me.
And thanks to the fans and everyone that has encouraged me and cheered me on for all these years.
I’m looking forward to life away from the tour while keeping a close eye on things. I’m so proud of our sport and the way it continues to evolve. The performance level on the Championship Tour and the Big Wave Tour is remarkable. I can’t wait to watch it all go down as one of the sport’s biggest fans. I’m also looking forward to evolving my own surfing in new ways, visiting unfamiliar places and taking on different experiences.
I will be competing at the opening event at home on the Gold Coast and then wrapping things up at the Rip Curl Pro. Bells Beach is where my Championship Tour career really kicked off, I’ve always loved the place and it seems a fitting stop to finish things up. It’s gonna be a big fun party and you’re all invited to come. Hope I see you there.
Cheers and thanks for the memories.

Good luck, Mick - and thanks for the memories!


It's been a long time since I rock and rolled
It's been a long time since I did the Stroll
Oh let me get it back let me get it back
Let me get it back baby where I come from
It's been a long time been a long time
Been a long lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely time
Yes it has
It's been a long time since the book of love
I can't count the tears of a life with no love
Carry me back carry me back
Carry me back, baby, where I come from
It's been a long time, been a long time
Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time
Seems so long since we walked in the moonlight
Making vows that just can't work right
Open your arms, opens your arms
Open your arms, baby, let my love come running in
It's been a long time, been a long time
Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time


Been so long that I'm hoping I can
1. make it out; and
2. remember how to surf!

Buckle up....have fun everyone!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Just under 6 minutes - SO worth the watch - it's why there's nothing quite like winter surfing on the US east coast!

Great writeup on The Inertia:

"Brown was born in 1937 in San Francisco, California. When he was 10, he, along with his family, moved to Long Beach, where he quickly fell in love with surfing. Of course, it was a very different scene back then, and Brown’s career would act as the original mold for the shape of modern day surfing. “brown trout, everyone surfs,” Brown told The Inertia in June. “Doctors, lawyers, Indian chiefs. It’s kind of like now it’s nothing to be ashamed of, but when I was a teenager you didn’t want to tell many people that you were a surfer… Surfing basically had a bad rap at the time, thanks to Hollywood. I thought, ‘Well, the The Endless Summer will give it some dignity.’”

Rest in peace, Bruce Brown.

You're not alone. There was a little sumthin sumthin in the right spots on Thanksgiving, but the only thing I personally saw that day was the drift from my couch to the dinner table and back. I'm struggling to think if I actually got in the water at all in November, which makes me think that I didn't.  :'(