Joe Rocco, “the Mayor of Heckscher” died windsurfing Hurricane Irene on Sunday. To meet Joe once was to have a great new windsurfing friend, generous with information, stoke, spirit, you name it. The new article in Newsday begins “Joseph Rocco, the only Long Islander to die as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, was a friend and mentor to many in the local windsurfing scene, said those who knew him.” And he could sail! So what happened? In the Yahoo Long Island Windsurfing bulletin board, his very dear girlfriend Marianne tells this story:
They drove to Shirley and found one windsurfer already there (James), sailing a 4.1 on a 78 liter board. They took wind readings of 20-28 mph. Joe rigged a 3.7 for his Dill, and Marianne rigged a 3.2. Joe launched to take a few runs “to see if it was too much for me to handle.” Marianne took another wind reading, and got 45-50. James came back in as the winds were now too much for him, and Marianne decided not to launch.
Visibility was limited. A nearby spectator with a telephoto lens on his camera said it looked like Joe was separated from his rig and was following it to shore. Marianne and James tried walking along the shore to meet Joe where they thought he’d come in, but the beach was mostly gone or covered with debris so they walked down the road. The police and EMT’s showed up, went out with James to look for Joe, and told Marianne to meet them at Brookhaven Hospital.
Neither the EMT’s nor the hospital was able to resuscitate him. Marianne said Joe’s head “was very badly banged up, nose probably broken, bruising around his entire upper face. Something had obviously hit his head very badly and he hopefully didn’t even know what hit him. “
Joe was a skilled windsurfer. My guess is that he hit a piece of debris floating just beneath the surface, and was catapulted badly into something large and hard in the water. Floating debris is the hazard we usually don’t think about when storm sailing. I know I wasn’t looking for it at Mecox during my session, even though I remember things floating around out there after storms in the past.
Like Rich Simons said in the Yahoo group, this could have happened to any of us.
(photo of Joe on a better day courtesy Bill Doutney)
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Reunion Wave Classic 2011
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Well put together vid of Mikey in Pozo
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K4 Fins - Specialising in Performance Wave, Freestyle and Speed Fins
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Take a look at this movie of Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne and Levi Lenz wavesailing and freestyling Icaraizinho, near where Brawzinho lives in Brazil… Because this weekend Marcilio Browne comes a lot closer to where most of us live as he makes a special guest appearance at the National Windsurfing Festival on Hayling Island, 3-4 September 2011. If you want to meet him – and of course enjoy the nation’s finest freeride festival – but haven’t submitted your entry, you only have one day left to do so as registration for the few remaining places closes tomorrow, 1 September 2011. Get your entry in now at www.nationalwindsurfingfestival.com
I now have a Canon 1D mkII which means I can bring you better pictures of the dog!I finished the camping trip in cornwall early to chase a swell on the North East coast of England -turned out to be a pretty good call! Unfortunately my photo's yet again are rubbish/sparse.Timo drove up on Sunday (from Bournemouth!) to sample some of the local spots. Unfortunately the 1D manual doesn't have a section on how to be patient, so this was the only decent shot I took before I rushed out.I haven't instantly turned into JC/Si C/Whitey either by the looks of things (not that I expected to, but maybe a little nearer), Timo's goiter was all blurry.. sorry mate.The forecast sure came good and I reckon Timo drove home pretty happy with 3 sessions, some maxed 4.5 dtl sailing and chunky waves.Day 2 and I decided to head furthur up the coast to Northumberland and the Beadnell area where Stevie King happened to be visiting his girlfriend Emma's relatives. We checked a secret spot which looked a bit busy, so surfed the above to ourselves.After that we headed down near Newcastle for high tide and another go.. pics by Emma.Steve KingSteve KingSteve KingIt was a bit wonky (despite the glassy looking pics) due to a little too much wind, but some fun drops. Steve and Emma caught the flight home. I drove back up to Northumberland hoping to catch a less busy Day 3 (Tuesday)Day3. And it was too small, although only one person out. Some patience may have payed off, but I decided to bail for Yorkshire and a bit more size. It was much bigger and I decided I'd finally risk using the Gopro which probably jinxed me. A complete duffer of a session with big wonky waves and an unfriendly pack I didn't bother for long. Then feeling pretty rubbish I headed round the corner to another spot where I turned things around and left feeling like the worlds best surfer! (well nicest anyway) Only a couple of very friendly surfers out and when one snapped his leash I surfed in to fetch his board off the rocks (it was a first for him to have that happen, he was made up, so I was pretty stoked), then called another lad into a decent wave I had priority on, then helped an old couple and their grandson get their fishing boat out the surf and onto it's trailor on my way back up the beach before it squashed one of them. (almost spoiling everyone elses entertainment for the day, until I looked back down the hill and saw they'd got the jeep stuck in the sand). I then drove off down the coast again to Cayton Bay and scored the best surf of the week. I'd never have called it, but turned out to be Hosseger style sucky barrells at Bunkers which I never knew got that good (how's that for karma!). Of course I didn't have time to get the camera out as it was getting late so no pics of epicness again.. (here's a pic of pumphouse (http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPhoto.php?photoId=232430&browseSession=59988a93aede3ec4f86512234473f357) at the other end to give a rough idea)Sam Lamiroy (WQS commentator/oneill team ripper) showed up just after me at every spot to be this weekends surf celebrity k4 stalker. He joked that he had a tracking device on my van (funny enough Si C said the exact same thing after my last trip), wonder what they'll make of NWF (http://www.nationalwindsurfingfestival.com/home.php) this weekend!.
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Marcilio "Brawnzinho" trained back home after the events on the Canary islands together with Levi Lenz.
Stoked Publications have announced that the World Kite & Windsurfing Navigator is now also available for Android…
What so far has been a privilege reserved purely for iPhone owners is now also available for Android users: with every launch precisely located in GoogleMaps the app of the legendary Kite & Windsurfing Guides will take you straight to over 2,750 spots worldwide, be they in Cornwall, Cape Town or Hawaii. It also delivers up-to-the-minute, dependable WindGuru forecasts and best wind alerts at a glance for any selected location. Whether at home or on some distant continent, this App ensures that you’ll always find the ideal spot for your next session.
The Kite & Windsurfing Navigator also offers honest travel information on what to expect of the region and all of the essential tips for a successful trip. Plus there are in-depth explanations of wind, wave and weather patterns throughout the year so it’s easy to plan the best time to visit. Last but not least the App provides full access to the Worldwide Travel Directory with over 2,200 constantly updated local contact details and links. The Kite & Windsurfing Navigator lives up to its reputation – the ultimate tool for every windsport traveller!
More info available at www.stoked-publications.com
Here is a great skateboarding video from a really talented indie skate filmmaker. And check out the picture of Sarah-Quita Offringa skateboarding in a miniramp.