FL trip part 2: flagler and Tommy Tant Surf Classic!

got in friday night, picked up by patrick, showed up at a pre-party for the festival organizers... great way to see everyone in the calm before the storm and get immersed in the affection
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super early start saturday to help set up some booths and be generally helpful / available
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love that i have somewhere to come back to :)
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flagler pier in the morning light
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yeeeeeeeeeeeeeah bring it!!!
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patrick and a couple guys did smaller murals this year, instead of last year's skateboard deck mural - this is a much less complex undertaking!
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patrick's dad is a local favorite
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he's kind of a big deal :)
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works in progress
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i love how many kids get into this stuff
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did i mention it was FREEZING??? like 40 degrees??? i was like, what are you people doing to me. i came here to warm my chicago bones. we all wore sweatshirts and cuddled.
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it was certainly not cold enough to stop people from surfing, that's for sure
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this is so cool - every year a bunch of people paddle out to commemorate tommy tant and his family. just kind of a moment to bask in the beauty of life and what got everyone here.
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it is beyond good to feel the sunshine, even cold sunshine.
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dinner was a taste-of-flagler, a bunch of local vendors
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with opening ceremonies
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haaaaaaa paul!
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and live music
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and it was amazing - such a community - after dinner, everyone just started cleaning together. people who set up, didn't set up, people who were walking by, just everyone started pitching in and that was that. all the candles, centerpieces, chairs, tables, and food services were packed up in under an hour.

red bull actually sponsored a NIGHT SURFING competition - which scared the hell out of me! but it was surfers pulling other surfers on waverunners, then slingshotting them into choice waves - hopefully with acrobatic results
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it was still FREEZING but so awesome
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sunday morning was equally sweet. this photo is will tant giving advice to a younger surfer - it was just a sweet moment, a little passing of the torch
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i admire these kids so much for just charging and charging and charging
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i don't know how you look at the ocean and think YEAH DUDE LETS GO
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i'm all about water - just more of a river girl myself :) i hung on the pier
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poetic blurry shot
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i'm not the only one soakin up the rays
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nor the only one who loves this dog
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took a nice break in the middle of the day - met armistead for coffee at a local joint and enjoyed a lovely chai, and conversation about the universe like we tend to do
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grabbed lunch with patrick and the Beautiful Feet guys at the burrito shack
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had a great time with those jokers, actually
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met noah snyder on the way back!!! that was a huge thrill. he's pretty awesome. i've watched a movie about his life called Noah's Arc about 1000 times.

and btw, how adorable are these lovebirds
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the awards ceremony was in the afternoon - handing out trophies and scholarships
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a lot of these folks are personal friends of the tants, and are here every year
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it's really nice to see the encouragement they give each other
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"real" closing ceremonies were later on, at the tant house
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