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The Holiday Season is here, and we are reminded of all we have to be thankful for. We live and play in a great part of the world, and The Atlantic Current is proud to present our second issue to our readers, fans, and sponsors. Ho Ho Ho, indeed! The Atlantic Current kicks off issue 2 with 18 year-old shredder Tanner Strohmenger. Next up are brothers Noah and Keenan Flegal, world class performers on wake. Jim Mathie also helps us catch the holiday spear-it, followed by the legendary Tom Greene, who gives his priceless scoop on the best fishing in December and January. Fourteen year old skater Titus Massinello takes us inside the Circus Bowl, followed by the gorgeous Jessica Newton as our Issue 2 centerfold. Next, enjoy some underwater photography as we take a dive just out our back door. After that, meet Sandy…who brought great memories to some, and a devastating experience to others. Finally…The Resolvers, a local ten piece reggae band, who you should have heard of by now. FAU basketball coaches and key players talk about success on and off the hardwood, and Peter Agardy shares some outstanding artwork from his south Florida adventures. All this and more in Issue 2. From The Atlantic Current Crew, enjoy…cheers… have a happy Holiday...and shred into the New Year!





Surf: Tanner Strohmenger. . . . 9 | Wake: Flegel Brothers. . . . 13 | Fishing Report. . . . 17 | Current Questions. . . . 20 | Skate: Titus Massinello. . . . 22 | On Guard. . . . 24 | Why Drive to Dive?. . . . 29 | Hurricane Sandy: Day by Day. . . . 34 | Local Music: The Resolvers. . . . 39 | FAU Athletics: Basketball. . . . 43 | Local Artwork: Peter Agardy. . . . 46 | Local Event Calendar. . . . 49 | Tide Charts. . . . 51 43





CREW Publisher and Editor Dustin Wright

CFO (Chief Fun Officer) Danny Floyd

Lead Graphic Designer Jessica Berman

Contributing Designers Ben Hicks Rich Vergez

Writer Cash Lambert


Ben Hicks Leon Legot Perrin James Tony Arruza Nathan Hamler Alexie Ramos


Lexie Edwards



Web Design Trey Smedley

Biz Consultant Yonilee Miller

Special Thanks

Miyagi Torrealba, Sam Scott, Tom Greene, Ben Hicks, Tony Arruza, Leon Legot, Perrin James, Jim Mathie, Alexie Ramos, Cash Lambert, Katrina McCormack Justin Johnson, Coach Jarvis and Coach LewisJay, Joey D, Tom Stroligo, Richard Branson, Carm Mazza, Boomer, Steve Stewart, Craig Michael, Javier Garcia, Tommy Jones, Lexie Edwards, Danny Floyd, and Patty Wright. This issue is dedicated to Dorothy Daniels Cecil. We love you very much and you will be missed.

Age: 18 Lives: Deerfield Beach Years Surfing: 9 Favorite Wave: Any good proper beach break barrel Sponsors: Quiksilver, Electric, Island water sports, Freak, Reef, Sharp Eye Surfboards

Photo: Ben Hicks



Photos: Ben Hicks

Q: What is your favorite part about living Q: What is it like being a part of in South Florida? Quiksilver? A: I love having everything in the ocean A: It’s a dream. They’re the best company, and I’m stoked on all the so accessible. There are waves sometimes, but tons of good fishing opportunities they have given me. year round. Q: Scariest moment in the water? Q: Are you in school? What are your A: School of manatees got really aggressive on me at the pier. plans after? A: I graduated high school in 2011. I plan to keep on with pro surfing and progressing in the sport. Q: What is your favorite local surf spot? A: Deerfield Pier Q: Favorite destination? A: Mexico 10

Q: What is your favorite local spot to eat and what do you order? A: 6-20 subs! Mini Italian Combo Q: If you didn’t excel in surfing, what other sports do you think you would be good at? A: NASCAR, but most likely golf and tennis.

Q: What do you do when the ocean’s flat? A: I fish, or try to play some kind of sport. Q: How often do you compete? A: Around 15 times a year Q: Who do you look up to the most in the surf world? A: Kelly…of course. Q: Who would you like to thank for helping you get to where you are in the sport? A: My brother Roman, my Mom, Matt Kechele, Chris and Jess, Ricco, the Cottrells, Gary Dean, Quiksilver, Island Water Sports, all my sponsors, and a bunch of other people that have given me rides up coast and supported me.


Photos: Ben Hicks

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ATHLETE BIO Age: 17 Lives: Lighthouse Pt Sponsors: Reef, Centurion Boats, Inland Surfer, Body Glove, LTS, GoPro, IWS, Vita-Coco

ATHLETE BIO Age: 15 Lives: Lighthouse Pt Sponsors: Reef, Centurion Boats, Inland Surfer, Body Glove, LTS, GoPro, IWS, Vita-Coco


hen you first meet the Flegel brothers, you would be shocked to find out their age. You would be even more shocked after watching them do their thing behind the boat. Both Keenan and Noah have a very laid back way about them, both in and out of the water. This same style transfers to wake, making their world class skills look effortless. With nearly a decade of training under the 6X World Champ Dean Lavelle, the knowledge and advice they have received over the years has definitely paid off. Keenan is renowned as one of the best wakesurfers in the world for both surf and skim style. This past year, Keenan won both divisions at the Wakesurf Nationals…on boards that he designed himself! He also won first place at World’s in the surf style division. Last year, Noah was awarded the Sports Illustrated Kid of the Year. Last summer he won the WWA Jr Men Worlds and IWWF Worlds 14 and under. Having just turned 15, Noah will begin competing in the 18 and under division, but by no means is he an underdog. Both Keenan and Noah have accomplished what many of their peers would hope to accomplish in a lifetime…and they are still minors! We got to spend some time at the lake with the boys, and see what they were really capable of.


Photo: Leon Legot

Q: How did you get into the sport? Keenan: Well it started off with wakeboarding. I did that for a few years, and then I tried wakesurfing at LTS (Lavelle Train Station) one day. Maybe I was frustrated with wakeboarding or something, but I just loved it, and kept wakesurfing more and more. Noah: We live on the intercoastal, and we used to see kids wakeboarding behind the house all the time. I was about two at the time and Keenan was four. We would always run to the park when we would see them wakeboarding, and one day they just took us out.

Photo: Leon Legot

just fun. Q: Is it pretty competitive or a lot of brotherly love? Keenan: A lot of both

Q: What is your best accomplishment in the sport? Keenan: Winning the World Championships in 2010. Q: What’s your relationship Noah: Probably winning the like with your brother? 2012 World Championships in the junior pro division. The Keenan: We’re super close. We do all the same stuff so we Sports Illustrated thing was also big. are always hanging out. Noah: It’s good. I just started Q: What kind of training wakesurfing a lot, so we push regimen do you go through on a weekly basis? each other in that too. It’s 14

Keenan: During the season, we are riding at least a few times a week, and before competition pretty much every day for like a week or two. During the winter time (offseason) we’re surfing in the ocean whenever we can. Noah: We don’t really do too much training, we just ride and stuff like that. Q: What are you looking to accomplish behind the boat in the next year? Keenan: Hopefully the first kickflip (with a surfboard). Other than that, just keep

doing what I’m doing. Noah: Just learn some new tricks and get consistent. Definitely the 1080 as well, and just work on my style. Q: What is your favorite spot to ride? Keenan: For wakesurfing, it doesn’t get better than Crystal Lake behind my Centurion Enzo 240. Noah: Anywhere that’s glassy. Q: Who are your wake influences? Keenan: For a wakesurfing

Noah was the youngest person to land a 900 on wake

Photo: Ben Hicks

influence, I would have to say Chase Hazen. But most of my influence I take from surfers and skimmers in the ocean. Noah: I grew up riding with Steel Lafferty…definitely him and Harley Clifford. And Dean Lavelle of course.

your only sport in Florida, but whenever there are waves, I’ll be in the ocean. Q: What are your other hobbies besides wake? Both: surfing

Q: Where is your favorite local spot to eat? Q: Does the Flegel family Keenan: Can’t really beat revolve around wake boarding Chipotle, anything from there and wake surfing? is good. Keenan: For the most part… Noah: The Brazilian place yeah. across the street (from LTS). Noah: Yeah, we’ve been in the water since we were babies, Q: What is the top music so I don’t think we could ever move somewhere where there choice on the boat these days? wasn’t water. Keenan: Pretty much Sublime Pandora. Q: What made you pursue Noah: Depends what mood wake over other sports? we’re in. Either some rap, or Keenan: I just thought it was some Bob Marley. Something more fun. Wakeboarding like that. was kind of painful (laughs). Wakesurfing was just fun, and I liked it a lot more. Q: What has been the best advice you received from Noah: I don’t really know. I Dean Lavelle? just got hooked on it. You can’t really have surfing as Keenan: I can’t really narrow

it down to one specific thing. He’s pretty much taught us everything. Noah: He gives me really inspirational talks all the time at contests before I ride. I just

like his lifestyle you know? He doesn’t do drugs and he doesn’t party hard. They call him “Clean Dean.” I like that about him, and try to take after that.

Photo: Ben Hicks


SOUNDS FROM THE CFO We recently caught up with the elusive Chief Fun Officer, Danny Floyd, somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line to see what tunes occupy his top playlist. We found him at a fave breakfast haunt, finishing up a plate of country ham, eggs, sausage gravy, white toast with apple butter jam, and sweet tea. Here’s what he told us:

Blackberry Smoke – southern fried rock and roll, just like I like it. Amanda Shires – saw her at a house concert recently and she’s unbelievable. Check out her latest, “Carrying Lightning”. Uproot Hootenanny – local band from Deerfield Beach – great musically and a great bunch of guys – add Irish Whiskey and stir. Then add some more.

Nicole Atkins – check out her song “The Way It Is” – on You Tube – stone cold soulfulness. And, she’s easy on the eye balls.

Fitz and the Tantrums – I’m a sucker for blue eyed soul and these guys have a real unique, toe-tappin’ sound. The Resolvers – just heard these cats at The Funky Biscuit and was blown away – great to hear a true reggae horn band Donavan Frankenreiter – love all of his stuff and he puts on a dynamite live show.

Alabama Shakes – sounds like music like they used to make it.

Singer is a cross between Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin

Punch Brothers – more and more bluegrass bands are hittin’ the scene and these players can bring it.

Doc Watson – perhaps the best picker ever. He passed away this year. R.I.P. Doc….

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Catching the


Jim Mathie

here is something primal about spearfishing. Pictures of bountiful harvests from the ocean using spears are depicted in cave art drawn thousands of years ago. Perhaps this primitive thinking can be traced to the hunters and gatherers of early mankind. It’s man versus nature or a sort of survival of the fittest mentality. Dare I say there is something spiritual or “spear-itual”, about spearing a fish. There are references to fishing with spears in early civilizations. The Bible, in the Book of Job 41:7, says “Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? Or his head with fish spears?” Even in today’s world, some cultures view the harvesting of fish as a very sacred experience. Spearing a fish requires survival skills that are both physically difficult and mentally stimulating. Spearfishing combines hunting skills in an environment that man can adapt to-but does not belong. We were not born with gills, nor are we equipped to go beyond shallow depths, which explain why 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored. Fish have a distinct advantage in the ocean and that’s the way it is intended. Spearfishing is defined in the

Spear-it State of Florida as “The catching or taking of a fish through the instrumentality of a hand or mechanically propelled, single or multipronged spear or lance, barbed or barbless, operated by a person swimming at or below the surface of the water”. The authority when it comes to spearfishing is www. and does require a State of Florida saltwater fishing license. There are many requirements on fish size, prohibited species and even seasons that the spear hunter needs to be familiar with. Additionally, spearfishing is prohibited in freshwater in Florida. So knowing the rules and knowing your fish are important in having a successful spearfishing adventure. We could just get our fish from the market but then we wouldn’t be able to feel that heart pounding excitement by immersing ourselves in an unpredictable environment. But be careful of the obsessive behavior that comes with spearfishing. “It paid for my addiction” said a dive buddy and former c ommercial spear fisherman as he recalled his many years of diving and spearing fish.

Photos: Parrin James

So get out there, dive in, and Catch the Spear-it!

Jim “Chiefy” Mathie is the author of Catching the BUG-The Comprehensive Guide to the Spiny Lobster and soon to be released Catching the Spear-it!-The ABC’s of Spearfishing. Visit for more information.


Fishing Report by Tom Greene South Florida is known around the globe as a world-class fishing destination. Local and National legend Tom Greene gives us an inside look at what’s hitting the line in December and January.


n South Florida in December and January we have a wide variety of fish…we have kingfish, spanish mackerel, and the reef fishing, snapper fishing, and all of that type of fishing is very, very good…so you can go out any morning, any afternoon, set up a chum line, anchor on the reefs and catch fish.

For the guys that are serious and want to catch sailfish and that type of fish you will see a tremendous amount of kite fishing going on, and this is where guys will go out and catch their live bait, whether it be a live goggle eye, a live blue runner, or a live ballyhoo…and they will either drift or slow troll these kites…out of a kite you can fish 3 baits at one time, and all you are doing is bumping the boat in and out of gear, just keeping the lines tight. Normally this time of year, you have the best fishing when you have a northwest wind, and this is after 1 or 2 days after a cold front comes through. One very important thing to note about winds in South Florida, the days when the ocean is the coldest is on a northwest wind…the days when it’s the warmest is on a southeast wind. So as an approaching front comes, the winds go to the northwest, the winds start blowing 15, 20, 30 miles per hour, they blow all the cold air in from up north…that is a front, and as the front passes through us, the wind goes around the state and starts coming out of the southeast…this is when we have the southeast wind, and that’s when the ocean calms down, the water warms up, and the fish bite changes. Tommy Jones

Raquel Carvalho


Without question, there is a major cold front every other week,

Sammi Voss

or every 5-10 days, and this is when we have all of our sailfish tournaments in South Florida. The other thing that’s amazing weather report-wise, if you listen a lot of days we have strong northwest winds…the ocean is very rough…and you can learn real fast that with a west wind, it’s very calm on the beach but offshore you could have 6-10 foot seas, but what we have on the beach……100-200 feet up to a mile offshore the ocean is fairly calm…the inlet might be a little rougher and more dangerous going in and out...that’s what you have to watch out for. But this is when the migration of bait fish and the migration of sailfish happen, and these fish will be feeding, so my recommendation normally in that situation is early morning and late afternoon is the best bite. So I used to leave the shop at 3 in the afternoon with a buddy of mine, Andy Bellesari, who has a 35 foot Bertram named “Proud Mary.” We’d run out of the inlet and anchor up in 15 feet of water and we’d start a chum line and catch ballyhoo. Then we’d go off Boca inlet and fish in 90-120 feet of water and we’d think nothing of catching 3-5 sailfish in an hour and a half…..and we used to do this all the time, especially when we were with guys who had never caught a sailfish because we could predict… we’d have a calm ocean and we could guarantee the bite. They would all have fun, and we’ve been doing it for 30 years. The other thing in December and January, on days we have a southeast wind and the ocean is calm after a front, we have a very good bite on swordfish. The swordfish fishery in South Florida is one of the best in the world, and we have 2 ways of fishing swordfish; one we fish at night by going out into 1500 feet of water, and use what we called the 50 line on the nautical charts…which is about 14, 15, 16 miles offshore and then set up a drift and fish 4 lines from the back of your boat…use a balloon to support the bait, put a weight on it, and drop it down – 50 feet, 100 feet, 150 feet, and 200 feet – we use a light on all the bait and it’s very, very common to have 4, 5, 6 swordfish bites in a night – not uncommon at all… are placing your baits at different depths and if you find you are getting all your bites at one depth, you bring all your other lines into that area… it’s called a thermo cline. The thermo cline changes, and you can read it on real fancy depth finders. Now, these same fish in daytime move offshore a couple of miles, in 1700-1800 feet of water, and they feed off the bottom, on a mud-sand bottom out there…that’s where the squid go and live, and that type stuff. The swordfish, in daytime, live out there. So the commercial or rod and reel guys are catching these swordfish in the daytime, and the daytime fish tend to be bigger…200-400 pounds is not uncommon…nighttime 50-150 pounds is more common. The swordfish fishery in South Florida is considered some of the finest fishing in the entire world – we have people come from California, Costa Rica…all over the world to come to Pompano Beach and Boca Raton because the odds are that good. So, we’ve got the best sail fishing in the world, the best sword fishing in the world, snook and tarpon aren’t bad, the reef fishing is also very good….so these are things you can do every day of the week and get very good results. Got a question for Tom? Give him a call at 954-781-5600 or email him at You can also pay Tom a visit at Custom Rod and Reel in Lighthouse Point. Check out for more info

Peter Agardy


urrent At The Atlantic Current, it is very important to get insight from our readers. We figured we should throw some questions your way every once in a while! Current Questions are asked through Facebook, Twitter, and even word of mouth. While not all of the answers were appropriate…we were able to sort through and find a few fitting answers. Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter for more Current Questions!

Jason Salsman Pepe’s Hideaway in east Delray, near the Seagate Hotel has to be my favorite place to hangout. They’ve got the cheapest prices on the Ave, and I usually find my tab a few beers short since I’ve been going there regularly. Some nights they have free pool and the crowd has gotten a lot younger over the past few months. Great place to hang out before a crazy night or the spot to be at if you’re trying to have a few beers and shoot some pool.

Kaitlyn Russell I love our nights at Kahunas… Biergarten is great too. The outdoor feel is lovely, especially on these cool nights. Live music too! Our lacrosse team goes out to these spots often and we always have fun.


Questions What is your favorite local hangout and why?

Kohl Pina Whole Foods because there are always hot chicks getting their organic on.

Chris James

Derek Knadle Danny Floyd The Duck Tavern because it’s a REAL bar with over 200 beers to choose from!

The Cove ... a fun happy hour and the occasional flashing of bypassing boaters.

Locally Owned

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Purchase a coffee drink before 8am and receive a FREE refill between 3-6pm on the same day! Buy 2 pounds of coffee and get a third FREE Buy a salad and get a FREE cup of coffee HOURS

I’d have to say next to being out on the water my favorite local spot has to be Kahuna Bar and Grill just south of the Deerfield Pier on A1A. All the bartenders and servers are real cool people, beers are crazy cheap, wings are insane, and it’s a good place for a local to steer clear of snowbirds.

7am-7pm Monday-Friday 8am-3pm Saturday-Sunday


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Titus Massinello Age:14 Lives in: Pompano Beach FL Sponsors: BC Surf and Sport, RVCA, Von Zipper, Nixon, DaKine, Southeast Board Co. and Stoked Entertainment Years skating: As long as he can remember Favorite trick: Front side inverts in the deep end of a pool or bowl

Photos: Nathan Hamler

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Who pushes your skating the most? My Pops is always there pushing me. We skate together all the time. Also, Tyler Coffman and the Circus Bowl Crew. What was your proudest moment skating? This Year has been great. I won the Grind for Life Contest Series. Also, I have been placing consistently in the top 3 at the Skatepark of Tampa Street Contests. So far this year, the highlight had to be the Free Flow Tour Contest at 3rd Lair Skatepark in Minesota. I qualified 1st and won $500 dollars. This gave me the chance to compete in the Finals at the Dew Tour in Ocean City, MD. Tell us about the 2012 Dew Tour Free Flow Bowl Finals? What an experience. I got to see what it’s like to compete at the pro level. So cool skating with all the legends of the sport and all the insane pros of today. It was sick. NBC cameras filming live…just killer. Probably the coolest thing was getting to know everyone in the athletes lounge. There I was… eating lunch and playing ping pong and video games with my idols.

Favorite skate spot? Any backyard pool. Got one you need drained? I mostly skate at Circus Bowl, it’s a private wooden bowl hidden in a warehouse here in Pompano, and that’s where my homies skate. What else do you enjoy besides skating? I spend a lot of time cross training, surfing, wakeskating, and also BMX a little. I also love to fish and free dive… anything in or on the water here in SFL. What’s your favorite movie? Fast Times at Ridgemont High. What’s your biggest struggle being a skater from S FL competing on a Pro level? Trying to progress with the lack of “real” skateparks. Big gnarly bowls or even just a vert ramp would help here in South Florida. I don’t get it…travel anywhere outside Dade, Broward, even Palm Beach County and they have proper skateparks. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of sad excuses for skateparks where the city’s have purchased prefab modular junk and then they recycle old inline hockey rinks. We really need a poured in place concrete park somewhere closer than Naples. I mean even smaller towns on the gulf coast like Brandon get it right. What’s wrong with South Florida skateboarding is that we need a real park!

What did you do with the prize money? We used it to pay for part of the travel expenses to get us to Ocean City. I also have to thank Bruce Cromarte from BC Surf and Sport. He took care of my plane ticket and that really helped make it possible for us to go. What would you like to accomplish in the next couple years? Did you ever play the original Keep skating every event I can…get Tony Hawk videogame? What did to anywhere, anytime, and one day you think? turn pro and keep pushing the levels That game was rad! I remember I was of the sport! like 7 or so when I first played it. I would play it then go try tricks and get Who would you like to thank for gnarly. helping you get to where you are? What’s your favorite subject in school? Math, mostly because of cool teachers.

My dad for everything he does. Also all my sponsors and team managers for their continued support and help!

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ON GUARD Lifeguards are often known for saving lives, blowing a whistle loud and often, and running in slow motion. Luckily, our lifeguards here are pretty cool, and they may even surf, fish, or dive better than you. Also, if you get nipped by one of them critters with the pointed fins, your buddy in red is going to be getting your bleeding ass to safety! So next time you look upon the red altar they call the lifeguard your respects. Name: Aljuwon A. Harris (((AJ) Age: 29 Lives: Deerfield Beach, FL Years life guarding: 11 and counting Other hobbies: Surfing, Free Diving, Spearfishing, Hunting, Jiu-Jitsu, Camping, and Shooting

Q: How many phone numbers have you been given while working as a lifeguard? AJ: An undisclosed amount (laughs) Q: Best day of the year to work and why?

lightning storm…lightning struck so close to the tower all I saw was an orange flash and blue arcing spark from rim to rim of the window, followed immediately by thunder so loud I thought it was a bomb.

AJ: Any holiday that it rains…twice the pay for half Q: What do you do while you’re in the tower the work. (besides keeping a close eye on every person in the water of course)? Q: Worst day of the year to work and why?

AJ: Pull-ups…lots and lots of pull-ups.

AJ: The fourth of July, because whether it rains, sleets, hails or snows it’s guaranteed to be a s**t show due to a high volume of lost children and liquored up proud Americans.

Q: Have you ever been mistaken for David Hasselhoff?

Q: Scariest moment on the clock? AJ: One day when I was sitting in tower 4 during a 24

AJ: Uhh...are you serious (laughs). Unless David Hasselhoff falls in a bon fire, comes out charred, sticks his finger in a light socket, and learns to dance…I think I’m safe from that one. | |


Jessica Newton

Photo by Perrin James – Last Breath Film

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Why Drive To Dive? South Florida has some of the best dive spots in the world. When you have clear blue water and a plethora of huge wrecks...why drive to dive?

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Our Backyard Is I

t seems every magazine, newspaper, or online article that covers South Florida is filled with ads for scuba diving in the Florida Keys – I would bet the money spent on advertising could fund a presidential campaign! Florida’s Gold Coast (Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties) hosts world class diving without the drive time (and the gas cost)! Vibrant colors and a huge range of sea life welcome divers to South Florida – vivid schools

of fish, turtles, brilliant green moray eels, rays, and even sharks invite divers, photographers, and spear fisherman to lose themselves in the brilliant blue water. Diving in South Florida gives divers of all skill levels the opportunity to enjoy warm water with great visibility. Broward county is home to sixty wreck dive sites within 23 miles of its sandy beaches, and has been voted among the “World’s Top Ten Best Wreck Diving” destinations by readers of Scuba Diving Photos: Craig Dietrich

A Wreck magazine...and it’s in our backyard. Over the next several months, we’ll profile some of the best wrecks in the area, and tempt you to “take a dive!” The United Caribbean off Pompano Beach is a 147’ ship that was sunk intentionally in 70’ of water in 2000. This is a wreck you definitely want to dive! It doesn’t get much better than jumping in the water and being surrounded by a


Our Backyard is a Wreck CONTINUED... silver cloud of spadefish or hanging out with the friendly resident 200 lb. goliath grouper (who the divers from Pompano Dive Center have nicknamed “Captain Hook” due to the hook stuck in his mouth). You will be blown away by the explosion of colors from the yellow, green, and orange coral that cover the remains of the wreck. Then you’ll be amazed at the life: huge schools of tropical fish, stingrays, amberjack, snapper, moray eels, and even the occasional nurse shark all hang out here, so you never know what to expect. And even better is that no two dives are ever the same, so plan on coming back! – Craig Dietrich

Photos: Craig Dietrich




About once every ten years, mother nature DAY 1

The day had finally arrived. The night before, I thought that today was going to be big and blown out and not even worth getting up for. I didn’t know what to expect the first day until I woke up that morning. Instead of the normal 50 knot onshore storm winds that were forecasted, it was 40 knot hard offshores that greeted the swell from Sandy on the first day. I headed out to Deerfield Pier that morning to see what the swell looked like. It was still cleaning up from being blown-out overnight, but it was big. The swell was breaking on top of the railings at the pier and on the outside sandbar of the pier with easily 10-15 foot faces. I went home checked a couple cams and knew South Beach was the place to be. Had to wait for a friend to get off work and we started heading down there at about 12. As with any place in Miami, parking was impossible to find, but after finding a spot it was a short walk down to the beach to see what Sandy had brought us. Looking out, it was about head high with some outside overhead sets that were pulsing through the lineup every couple of minutes. Immediately, we ran back to the car. He grabbed his board while I set-up my camera housing to get some water shots. All the south Florida local surfers were out, Peter Mendia, Baron Knowlton, Tanner Strohmenger, and even saw a couple friends from up in Central Florida who made the trip down to get some of Sandy. South Beach is definitely one of the hardest places to shoot from the water that I’ve experienced so far. It is a super peaky wave and the peaks are constantly shifting around on the sandbar. For the first half of the session it was very frustrating to grab a shot, but as with anything I started to get used to the break and grabbed a couple shots. After getting out and looking at it for a while the swell was still building, and we knew that tomorrow it was going to be large, and South Beach would be the call again.

Day 2 Palm Beach Time: 1:21 pm Surfer: Unidentified Photo: Tony Arruza

Day 2 Palm Beach Time: 10:12 am Photo: Tony Arruza

Day 2 South Beach Time: 12:11 pm Photo: Leon Legot


reminds us of her true potential by Leon Legot

Day 2 South Beach Time: 10:25 am Photo: Leon Legot


Woke up, had breakfast; after eating, headed down to South Beach once again for Day 2 of the swell. Walked down to check it and it was on! I set up the housing and headed out to grab some shots. Looking out in the lineup and on the beach, I have never seen so many high quality professional surfers in one area before other than in big name contests. Evan Geiselman, Chris Ward, Jesse Heilman, Tayler Brothers, Jeremy Johnston, Oliver Kurtz, Asher Nolan, Corey Lopez, Shea Lopez, Blake Jones, Jensen Callaway and Phillip Waters, to name a few, were all out there. To see all these guys in one place was insane, but to see them all in South Florida surfing South Beach of all places was even crazier. Shot for a couple hours out in the water then headed in to shoot some from the land and grab some lunch. After eating I came back to check it and it was still bombing and super fun. I headed back to grab my housing and shoot some more. As the sun neared the horizon, and the soreness set in, I headed home to start editing all the shots…and looked forward toward day 3.

Day 2 South Beach Time: 12:47 pm Surfer: Jesse Heilman Photo: Leon Legot


Chest high with some head high sets. Everywhere else to the north was still bombing with 10-15 foot+ faces. After seeing South Beach we decided to turn all the way around and head back up to Palm Beach and the infamous Reef Road, and Pumphouse. Upon arriving and looking out, our jaws immediately hit the floor. This was and probably will be the best and biggest that anybody will see in Florida. Pumphouse was 15-20 feet on the faces with some even bigger sets washing through the lineup. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Boats lined the channel and the sound of jetskis getting ready to tow dominated the lineup. Pumphouse, located on the East Coast of Florida was drawing comparisons to Teahupoo from many people. It was that heavy and it was that big. Guys were getting towed into massive caverns and coming out like it was nothing. Peter Mendia had one of the best waves of the day when he got pulled into a massive set flew down line and pulled out of a double barrel that was featured as the 60 Seconds clip on I shot for a couple hours, and it was still pumping all the way till the sun set on Day 3.

Day 4 Palm Beach Time: 12:13 pm Photo: Tony Arruza


Woke up early and Sandy was still gracing our shores with 10-20 foot faces. The morning started out as the final push of big swell from Sandy before she started moving north. I headed to the north side of the inlet this morning to try to display the size of the swell and the angle did just that. However, the angle was lacking in showing the real thickness and heaviness of the wave. I met up with Mike Jones of Az-hi-az-i-am on the north side of the inlet. The day before we were standing on the south side jetties when a rogue set washed through the lineup and overwhelmed both of us and our equipment. I thought that was going to be the end of my coverage of Sandy because of camera problems but luckily with the technology these days the camera pulled through and I was able to continue. We had the same thought about the angle on the north side of the inlet and we jetted over to the south side and started shooting. The swell seemed to have dropped and the bigger sets were less consistent. We heard a jet ski on its way out to the lineup and looked back into the inlet to find out that Kelly Slater and Matt Kechele were on their way out to the Pumphouse lineup. There were rumors swirling around of them coming out to Pumphouse today after their day of roaming around the lineup of Boynton Beach and Hillsboro Inlet the day before. Kechele towed Slater into a couple before they had enough and jetted down the beach to tow into some beach break barrels. We jetted down A1A to try to follow him basically being paparazzi, but as with most spots on Palm Beach there was no way to get into the backyards of these huge mansions. By this time though, Reef Road was starting to turn on and it was time for the all-star barrel fest. As soon as I looked at Reef I knew it was on. I quickly jetted back to the car to set-up my housing and it was time to start shooting‌arguably one of the best days of this magical swell. 36 | |


Last day of the swell. Headed up to Palm Beach again. About head high and still real fun in the morning. Got a couple shots this day, but not a lot…it really wasn’t opening up enough. The tide started dropping quick and taking the swell out with it, so I got a couple shorebreak shots and a couple pulled back land shots and called it a day. This swell was one for the history books. Even though we scored down here thoughts and prayers still go out to those affected by Sandy in the northeast. Piers were torn down by Sandy’s storm surge. Down here however, erosion is still a major concern and problem as can be seen in Fort Lauderdale now where the sea wall and sidewalk are completely destroyed. Even though Sandy was considered the best swell Florida has seen ever, it was still a dangerous and damaging storm, that showed once again the true power of nature.

Day 3 Palm Beach Time: 4:48 pm Surfer: Shea Lopez Photo: Tony Arruza

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Photos: Ben Hicks

How did you come up with the name “The Resolvers”? Ron: I came up with it after seeing Robin Williams make fun of George Buch around 07’ because Bush was calling himself “the decider,” and it wasn’t really a word. Robin Williams went on The Daily Show with John Stewart wearing a shirt that said “I’m the decider.” It was a big laugh and it kind of stuck in my mind. A few weeks later we were still looking for a name for the band. It was one of those big moments at the end of a song, where you go like “ta da!” You know? So you can either go there…or not go there. When you go there, it’s called resolving, you resolve the song. One of us did but the rest of us didn’t, and I was like “dude you’re the resolver.” Then we were like “The Resolvers”…. So we went into the office, bought the domain, and the rest is history. 39

MEET THE BAND Sahara Smith- vocals Ojay Smith- vocals & percussion Ron Eisner- vocals & guitar Steave Nieratka - bass Dean Fishback - keyboard Ryan Weidenfeld - drums Danny Larghi - trombone Devon Heinrichs - tenner sax John Provenzano - alto sax Dave Burgos - trumpet

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learned that we can act like a school of fish…moving together, sleeping together, eating together. Every time you wanted something for yourself, you pretty much Q: How did the band first get started? needed to make it for eight other people. Sahara: (laughs) There were some Ojay: The band first got started on a challenges because it’s a big band. I Sunday afternoon. I was just hangin’ for one lost my voice because of the at home and I got a call from Ron, and climate change and all that. It was a lot he said “Listen the singer bailed on me and I need someone to cover the Sunday of fun. We met a lot of cool people, and we learned a lot about ourselves. We gig.” I said “sure.” We came out, rocked the house, and that was pretty much the learned how we can work as a team and work things out if there are arguments. beginning of The Resolvers. Q: Where was the first gig at? Ojay: Right over at Kahuna’s

Q: What lessons did the band learn while on tour?

Q: You guys have recently returned from your first tour as a big band. What was the experience like?

Ojay: Just being considerate of others, and taking yourself out of the equation and think of the bigger picture. That was definitely the biggest lesson of the whole tour. Just think about the bigger picture.

Ojay: It was definitely a great experience. It was humbling for sure. Ron: It was amazing. We got to play in front of crowds that haven’t seen us before…it was great all around. I think the biggest thing that we learned from the tour is that we are good at living with each other and taking care of one another. When you go with nine people, you can’t just do your own thing. We 40

Q: How was it being hosted throughout the tour? Sahara: (laughs) See that’s the fun part, because that’s where we met these crazy individuals that are very very unique. In Asheville (North Carolina) we met this guy named Thomas, and he was a (laugh) fire dancer. He was the coolest guy.

Ojay: That was incredible. I’ve never seen that kind of love from strangers before. There’s a complex in America that people just think about themselves. But when we were in Asheville, we called out on the mic that we needed a place to stay, and a guy right in the front raised his hand. He brought us in and fed us. Ron: We literally didn’t know where our next meal was coming from at the time. Q: Your most recent album landed #5 on the Billboard charts this past March, how did you all celebrate? Sahara: We just kept doing what we were doing. It was really awesome in a surreal kind of way. Q: What was the reaction of the band? Was it a surprise? Expected? Ojay: A little bit of both. I wouldn’t say it was expected, we were surprised for sure, and definitely stoked. Q: For those who are not familiar with the band, what are the main messages you wish to promote through your music? Ojay: I would say the main message is unity and love. | |

Ron: Positivity, righteousness, self expression. We’ve never had a fight during one of our shows. Sahara: Just good vibes…keeping things happy and light. A little bit more awareness, but still being true to yourself. Mostly just being a genuinely good person, and having a lot of fun doing it (laughs). Q: What or who keeps the band happy and motivated? Ron: I’ll take that, for better or worse. Sometimes it sucks to be that guy. It’s a lot easier to be told what to do, but I also get to take some credit which is cool. What keeps it together for me, is to be able to play music with these very talented people. When we’re on stage, we’re really really happy, and I think that’s what keeps us together. Sahara: (laughs) I think we all have our moments. For me, it’s hard to get me in a good mood when I’m not. But there’s always someone in the band that picks me up and makes me feel better.

Because we didn’t always stay at people’s houses the whole time on tour…we camped a lot too. We pretty much got camping down to a science. We could pack up or set up within a half hour or so. Ron: I make the coffee. Ojay washes the clothes. Jaime was cooking…Dave was cooking too. Alicia, our merch girl was on navigation. Danny was the sound engineer. Everybody has their strengths, and we play off each other’s strengths. Q: How would you guys define “Big Band Reggae?” Ron: Jamaica meets New Orleans Q: What’s your favorite spot to play? Ron: The Funky Biscuit on Thursdays. Ojay: For sure, the Biscuit is always nice. The Belly Up was really nice out in California. Sahara: I definitely enjoyed the Livewire in Savannah, Georgia…and the Biscuit for sure.

Q: Who would you like to thank for helping the band get to this point? Sahara: Everybody Ojay: Ron…this guy right here. Ron: Well outside the band…family, friends, and fans. Ojay: Definitely Potatoe, he’s showed us lots of love. Jaime. Renee, my girlfriend, got us our trailer that we desperately needed to go on tour. Ron: Mangrove Music Management, Mark Paper Scissors, Kahuna’s for sure, Funky Biscuit, but our fans most of all. If there weren’t fans, there would be no band. Ojay: And the other artists out there for sure. Fourth Dimension, Spread the Dub, all these bands are helping the whole scene grow, and in turn helping us. Ron: Deerfield Beach community man. Deerfield Beach is a magical town…there’s something about it. It’s funny because a lot of bands started here. We started here, Spread the Dub started here, Artikal Sound System, Stampede Movement, and Uproot Hootenanny of course. All those bands came from this little town.

Q: With a large group, there is often times a difference in opinion, how do you guys “resolve” (no pun intended) issues such as this? Ojay: Well, just by listening to each other…and voting. It’s a democracy. Ron: It’s majority rules…BUT if there’s someone that completely disagrees, then we can’t do it. Sahara: We always listen to everyone’s opinion, but honestly the best thing is majority rules. Q: Given that there are so many band members in the group, would you describe the band as a community? Sahara: Absolutely. Ojay: Definitely, especially after this tour…we are a small community.

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Men’s Head Basketball Coach Jarvis Q: Tell us about your recruiting class and the impact you expect them to have on your team this year. A: First, we’ve got one of the best guards in the country in Stefan Moody. I expect him to come in and start, and probably to have as big an impact as anyone on the team. So that’s a great recruiting class with him alone. But in addition, we got Chris Bryant from Tallahassee…he’s very good. His teammate Jackson Trapp will be a backup at the guard spot. DeVonte Thornton, a very athletic wing player, from Atlanta; Javier Lacunza from Spain, hurt right now but going to be a very good player for us, and a transfer, Justin Raffington.

people get awards and trophies just for showing up. It has hurt our sport and I coach a sport where players play to win games and don’t get a chance to get taught how to play.

Q: You have been a Coach for a long time – how different is it to motivate and coach players today vs. 20 years ago? A: Very different – our society is very different. We live in a society where too many people are looking for handouts, too many people feel as though they are entitled; we live in a society where

Q: In your book, “Skills For Life”, what are some takeaways that pertain to players today? A: Red Aurbach, one of my mentors, someone I was really blessed to have in my life as a coach and a mentor… he said “Mike, make sure you recruit character, not characters”.

Q: How has the college game changed in the last 2o years? A: The college game has become a microcosm of the pro game, too much dribbling, too much 1 on 1, too much “me,” and it’s not quite the team game it used to be. The women’s game is probably more of a team game. I and some other old time coaches still try to teach the game the way it was supposed to be taught.

Q: What is it like having your Son on the bench with you? A: The greatest blessing and I wouldn’t trade it for all of my accomplishments. Q: How do you define success for your Team? What are the keys to that success? A: We’ve got one of the toughest schedules in the country, so for us it isn’t always going to be about wins and losses, it’s going to be about how hard we work, how well we work together, how we deal with adversity, and how we improve on a regular basis. Q: Coach, any final words for OWL Nation and Atlantic Current readers?? A: We have a small arena and it should be full for every single game, because we’ll get to a point where if you don’t have season tickets you can’t get a seat. So my advice is come early, come often, and bring some friends with you and be a part of this thing!

Women’s Head Basketball Coach Kelly Lewis-Jay Coach, you are relatively new to the area – what is your impression of FAU and the basketball program here? The campus is absolutely beautiful and I was shocked at the enrollment here. One of the biggest, pleasant surprises is the academic standards here. As far as our TEAM goes, I came in with expectations of what I wanted it to be, not necessarily caring where it has been, so we set a standard of what we want to recruit to, what we want this team to be, so we’ve set some pretty high standards and the team has responded to that. You were a successful player at Boise State before jumping into coaching. Was coaching something you always envisioned doing? When I was playing I wanted to be a High School Counselor and possibly coach basketball. The Counselor I interned for 44

said I couldn’t coach and be a Counselor, but I learned that coaching was really what I wanted to do. How do you motivate and get through to your players today? When I played I would have hated to coach me! What I expect as a Coach of my players – I don’t know that I was that kind of player in High School. When you have talent in High School you can, in some aspects, coast. When you get to the D-1 level you can’t coast anymore – you have to work hard if you are going to be successful. Had I learned that in High School, I have no idea what my career could have been.

Coach, define success and the keys for achieving that success in your program. Success from our perspective is getting better every day – making sure we practice as hard as we can every day. So, I think if we do those things the bigger picture takes care of itself.

What is the “right kind” of student/athlete for you? I definitely look for someone who is good in the classroom; character, hard workers, coachable, obviously have a basketball skill set.

How has women’s basketball changed over the years? It looks like you Quicker, faster, stronger, more have a strong athletic without question. recruiting Expectations have changed for class. How players and coaches. will this group impact Any final words for OWL your team’s NATION? performance in your first Come and watch us play – I year at FAU? think the fans will like what they see, on and off the court. I want These kids have come in and our kids to play hard, do it for done what we’ve asked them each other, and hopefully we to do – I think they are in the can get a lot of people out with same boat the returnees are in – everything is brand new so young families, little girls who can look up to these FAU players we are still very much in that learning process. Players 1-12 and possibly one day can see themselves being an OWL. have to contribute.

Photos: Leon Legot

Q: If you were to play Greg/Breana in a game of one on one, what would your strategy be? And who would win? Breana: Of course I would win! I would stop him from shooting because he’s definitely a shooter… I’d just play hard defense. I would definitely win! Greg: She’s a very good shooter and I wouldn’t let her shoot. I would try to make her go to the basket so I could get a little bit physical with her cause she’s smaller than I am....and I would win. I don’t think she would score (laughing). Q: When did you start getting serious about basketball? Breana: When I was 11 years old, I played all types of sports, and I always tried to beat my Brother. I was good at all sports, but basketball was the one I was not good at, but I kept working at it and developed a passion for it…and I loved it. Greg: After I tried every other sport except football. I tried swimming and diving and that didn’t work out…so around 9 or 10 I got real serious about it (basketball) and started traveling when I was around 10 or 11 years old. Q: Who was your basketball hero growing up? Breana: My hero is Lisa Leslie – definitely. Greg: Ron Larris who went to my high school. He went to Georgia State and then he played overseas. Another is Dante Anderson…he was a year older, but I looked up to him since I was young. He was ranked #1 in the state, but he died in a car accident. He wore #22…and that’s the reason I wear #22 now. Q: Do you have any pregame rituals? Breana: I really don’t have a pre game ritual, but I always comb my hair before the game. I always keep it wrapped, and when I get to the gym I have to comb it down so it will be perfect. Greg: Not really, but I have to have a nap earlier in the day…just to calm down and get ready. If I go hard in practice the day before a game I have a much better game…it just carries over. Q: What is your personal goal and goal for the team this season? Breana: My goal for the team is to win the Sunbelt Conference Championship and my personal goal is just to help the team as much as I can, and contribute in

any way I can. Greg: Personal goal is to be the best leader I can be, be vocal, lead by example, doing the right things, whether making a bucket or taking a charge, being the best defender….and being a leader the young guys can look up to. Our team goal is to win the regular season and the Conference Tournament.

was able to recover, you never know what might happen. Greg: : Coach doesn’t just teach the game of basketball, he teaches life lessons. My maturity level has changed a lot…the way I look at things. It has brought me closer to God…I have a more mature mindset than when I first came here. I am better prepared for life after college.

Q: What is your favorite post game meal? Breana: TGI Fridays Greg: Chipotle

Q: Is there a funny locker room moment you would like to share? Breana: (Laughs) Oh my goodness, so many moments…we laugh all the time. Greg: This season in the locker room… DeVonte was in the showers, and Andre comes in and turns off the lights. DeVonte was singing and in a zone, and Andre started banging on the shower door and DeVonte screamed… like a girl! (laughs)

Q: What has been your best memory playing at FAU? Breana: My Freshman year when we beat Middle Tennessee when they were ranked in the top 25 in the country on Senior Night. That was the best memory ever. Greg: Winning the Conference Championship…we got rings. Second, traveling to Belgium/Holland/France and getting the chance to play against lower end pro teams. We got better and got to play against a different level of talent… those athletes were smart and had great fundamentals.

Q: Who would you like to thank for getting you to this point? Breana: After my injury…my trainer. Also Rob and Ashley…and my brother who encouraged me and didn’t let me give up when I was younger. Greg: First I want to thank God for giving me the talent and tools, my family for pushing me 100%, all my coaches, Coach Jarvis, and the FAU staff who have Q: What are your plans after college? pushed me countless hours…talking, Breana: I definitely want to play overseas watching film, really getting me to the and I also want to get into broadcasting – level where I feel I can lead this team. I want to stay involved in sports. Greg: Play a couple of years after college Q: Any final words for OWL NATION?? and then I want to get into coaching. Breana: We’ve worked hard, learning Q: What has been the best lesson or piece of advice your current coach has given you? Breana: To give it all I’ve got every play… every moment I’m on the floor. You never know when your time is up and can’t play anymore…like with my injury, although I

the system with our new coaches…we definitely want to win so come out and support us, because the 6th man is the crowd and we definitely need them at every game! Greg: Make sure we have the stands full, heckle the other team, and we are all in for a special year! 45

LOCAL ARTIST: Peter Agardy


eter Agardy is a product of his environment. Born and bred in South Florida, he surfed when there was swell and fished when the ocean went flat. He often ventured to the Bahamas, experiencing virgin sea life and crystal clear water. While most of us would communicate personal tales of adventure through Facebook statuses and texts, Agardy chose a different path: he began to meticulously draw and paint what he saw in the ocean from an early age. He sketched fish in action, drew and painted on surfboards, and later painted large murals, turning a piece of concrete into an aquarium teeming with oceanic life. He sought out to develop his craft further and graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2008. Soon after, he held his first solo exhibition in West Palm Beach. Since then, his skill and hard work has blossomed, allowing him to produce countless exhibitions across South Florida at various boat shows and fishing tournaments. He now has a line of shirts that feature his work, called the Peter Agardy Signature Series, through Shore Thing apparel. His work has also created dynamic cover photos for a number of nation-wide fishing magazines. “I have always meshed whatever surrounding forces are driving me into the body of work I’m doing,” he said. “Sometimes my work lends itself to different areas of importance in my life, whether that be my lifestyle on the ocean, or my place in nature, which I live and paint into one body of life’s work.” Agardy learned - through his environment, family and hard work - that the key to success is to turn a passion into a profit. – Cash W. Lambert




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Arts & Crafts Art-Sea Living December 7 Trunk Show Gallery & Studio Deerfield Beach Deerfield December 7-9 Surf Festival Beach Pier Free Friday Night Old School December 7, 14, Outdoor Concerts Square Pavilion 21, & 28 Annual Delray Beach Holiday Atlantic Avenue December 8 Parade Annual Holiday Silver Palm Park December 8 Boat Show & Red Reef Road Strides for FAU Theatre, Education 5K December 8 Boca Raton Walk/Run Punky Reggae 75 Main Delray December 13-14 Party Beach Downtown Open Royal Palm December 16 Market Place Island Water Full Moon Sports Deerfield December 28 Paddle Beach New Years Weekend Craft Atlantic Avenue December 29 Festival Howard Alan Tennis Center December 29-30 Craft Show (Atlantic Ave) Boca Raton Spanish River Road Runner December 29 Park (Boca 5K 10K)

JANUARY 2013 What Las Olas Art Fair Part I South Florida Fair Artists in the Park 33rd Annual Festival of the Arts

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