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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Some board porn to end the year

Josh & Tyler's baby guns - for waves bigger than I can handle.

2011 – HyeLytes from the Year in Surfing, or anything else for that matter.

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January
Your’s truly gets his right ear drilled – no surfing ‘till mid-March. But weep not, my ear feels so good. No more throbbing infections, no more “what??”. And music hasn’t sounded so rich & full since I can remember. Deepest mahalo, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary!
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Februrary
Stupid reality again – but the big news if you can call it that is my move. Love this house! Y’all gotta come by!
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March
Back in the water (with ear plugs) finally. Also, this is the time of the year when young mens’ thoughts turn to motorcycles.
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April
Facing your fear pays big dividends: paddling out at a local, hairy cove and waiting my turn yielded me a one single left that I’ll never forget. We all have those! And a trip to Rhode Island is always memorable.
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May
Some fun pre-Summer onslaught waves locally.
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Don’t ask me what drove me to do it, but a hunge hankerin’ to do the old bridal path/Mount Lafayette hike, but I’m gad I did.
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June
Intro to paddleboards – the lay-down kind:
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July
More Summer fun, joy in the warm water. I’m settling into the Gloucester groove quite well, thank you!
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August
More small waves & warm water. Hurricane Irene was a bust.
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September
But Katya wasn’t – Rhode Island: the September Place to be.
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And hey - who woulndn't want an official team ryder t shirt? - available in gray & white. It can be arranged.
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October
Ophelia was fun locally. I just didn’t feel like doing the “it” spots. And outr 1st Nor’easter certainly turned on the juice – bombs on day one, and fun surf for the rest of the week.
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November
Nothing to report ‘cept that Thanksgiving day had waves – just like old times. Joe Frazier died. Go easy Joe, you were a class act.
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December:
And here we are. The month can be summed up I 3 words: **ck yeah, Tortola. First time in the Carribean, first time anyplace tropical, my forst time out of the country since Reagan was president. Thank God for Tortola and her people, that’s all I can say.
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That's all folks - hope to see y'all rockin' out and having fun in 2012!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Women we love: World Champion Surfer Lynne Boyer



Archive footage of World Champion (1978 & 1979) surfer Lynne Boyer from the film "Boyer" by Mary Piller, copyrighted 2008.

Lynne has style to burn. She's a super artist these days:

Her website

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Jah Bless

And to you and yours: peace, health, and nothing but the best of everything for 2012.
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And thanks for all the support, love, and inspiration this past year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Van Envy again

Van envy bubbles up this time each year - Santa, you readin'?



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Ok, not a van, I forgot about these old Saabs - remember when Saabs were cool?
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

the Hytygr project

Tumblr - the jury's still out on this one, friends, it's sort of like blogspot/wordpress for ADD cases (my kinda blog!), but we're giving it a go here.

Conceptually Hytygr is Hye Tyde's saucy and even less reverent little sister.

ladies & gents I present to you for what it's worth: Hytygr

Monday, December 19, 2011

Doh! Now I have to face stupid reality again.

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Damn it was cold, but it was time suck it up & go for it, it's going to be a long season.

SUP's: this ain't sledding at the golf course; you know when everyone bombs the hill together, ending in a pile of snow, people, equipment & laughs. Party waves aren't cool, and don't ditch your boards in the fun section, pretty please? We cool?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

**** yeah Tortola pt. 2

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You're all spared the blow by blow, session by session. That's all been done before.
  • Travel does one's head a world of good
  • Travel gets your groove back
  • Travel re-ignites your stoke
  • Travel introduces you to new cultures and outlooks
So why not make the effort to do more of it?
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

**** yeah Tortola pt. 1

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Amazing Tortola, I could go on & on, it's all been said. Super people, it's not Bermuda (thankfully) but the place is clean and picked up, pride in their little island. Cape Ann - take note!
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It's Easy to get here from Boston

The American Airlines raped me on the board transport - $150 each way, dings incuded.
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The TSA opened my bag along the way (see the note the we so kind to leave me?) but the moved all the bubble wrap & pipe insulation.

This little guy was in my window/curtains. Initial unease gave way to admiration when he shot off and gobbled a moth.
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But lets accentuate the positive! The waves are consistenty bigger than they look, and far faster & punchier. Water temps, air temps both 83° all week. I got drilled pretty hard on Tuesday. Maybe I should start going short? I'm envious of the shortboarders - maybe because it was good to see them on a real wave. Locals here rip - guys and gals alike.
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My Surfer's Journal momenent came at this cove - about 4' and one eye on the coral bottom. It's no joke, I lucked out, but cut up feet and legs are a common sight on visitors.
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Cool vehicles you cannot get in the states - the Suzuki Jimmy - tiny sewing machine of a truck, but Suzi-Q did it all. You can rent yours from Denzil Clyne Car Rentals on the West End.
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Great food - lots of chicken & fish, and Roti's rock - this is a Paté - hot filled with a spicy fish paste:
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The color!:
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To be continued.